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Arturia MicroFreak Algorithmic Synthesizer

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25-key Paraphonic Hybrid Hardware Synth with Poly-aftertouch Flat Keyboard, Wavetable and Digital Oscillators, Analog Filters, Modulation Matrix, Arpeggiator, and Sequencer
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Arturia’s MicroFreak synth is an affordable hybrid hardware synth with wavetable and digital oscillators, analog filters, a modulation matrix, an unconventional but highly expressive touch plate — and tons of sonic possibilities. MicroFreak’s powerful digital oscillator features a palette of unique modes such as Texturer, KarplusStrong, Harmonic OSC, and Superwave, enabling everyone from adventurous newbies to experienced synthesists to explore new sonic frontiers. Arturia also partnered with renowned Eurorack manufacturer Mutable Instruments to include their acclaimed Plaits wavetable oscillator with added paraphony. MicroFreak is an extremely versatile little beast that can sound sweet, deep, hypnotic, chaotic, or volcanic. Whatever sounds you can dream up, MicroFreak is up to the task. And MicroFreak lets you work fast, too, with advanced features like real-time sequence creation and randomization.

Arturia MicroFreak at a Glance:

  • Wavetable and digital oscillators
  • Analog filters
  • Massive variety of sound possibilities
  • Poly-aftertouch flat “touch plate” keyboard
  • Arpeggiator and sequencer
  • 128 factory presets and space for 64 user sounds
  • Crystal-clear OLED screen
  • 5 x 7 modulation matrix
  • Paraphonic mode

    Touch keyboard with poly aftertouch

    You haven’t lived until you’ve tried MicroFreak’s etched touch plate. It’s caused a sensation among Music Experience keyboardists who, on the whole, find it more natural and expressive than a conventional keyboard. The touch plate is pressure sensitive and even offers polyphonic aftertouch — pretty amazing at this price point, we might add. While its price makes it the perfect unique sonic complement to any budget home electronic music setup, the Arturia MicroFreak’s uniqueness also makes it a no-brainer addition to professional live and studio synth rigs. Pros will find it useful as an experimental sound design tool, much in the same way Eurorack modules are used.

    Craft entirely new categories of sounds

    MicroFreak’s digital oscillator is the ideal tool to craft entirely new categories of sounds, while its analog filter delivers the warmth and punch you’re looking for. MicroFreak can store up to 256 presets, so inspiration is never more than a button press away. Innovative synthesis is Arturia’s raison d’être. And MicroFreak lives up to the company’s sterling reputation. It’s an incredibly value-packed synthesizer that’s like no other. Electronic music producers and rock bands will enjoy using MicroFreak to generate unusual textures and evolving sequences in a live setting and to add a refreshing grain of sonic unpredictability to their shows.

    What Arturia Says...

    A synthesizer like no other, MicroFreak is a peculiar, exceptional instrument that rewards the curious musician. It blends wavetable and digital oscillators with analog filters. It features a unique poly-aftertouch flat keyboard. It adds controlled randomness to sequences. This isn’t a revolution, it’s a mutiny.

    A touch of madness

    Whether you’re looking for your first, affordable hardware synth or are a collector looking for original sounds and unique interface, MicroFreak is the synth you need. This out-there little music machine features a versatile digital oscillator so you can create rare and interesting sounds with ease. Modes like Wavetable, KarplusStrong, Harmonic OSC, and Superwave give adventurous musicians the chance to explore totally new, unheard possibilities. Like having dozens of synths in just one instrument, both wild-eyed newcomers and seasoned professionals will fall in love with MicroFreak’s flexible, powerful synth engine.

    Small but fierce

    MicroFreak packs so much in to such a compact instrument, you'll wonder how we did it. We'd love to say it was magic, but it was pure skill and passion. Physical modelling, wavetable synthesis, virtual analog, there is nothing as complete and exciting as the MicroFreak oscillator on the market. It's hard to believe from such a small synth, but here it is, ready for you to explore. Excite your creativity and reward your curiosity with a large, diverse sound palette. MicroFreak features 12 awesome oscillators, 5 bespoke Arturia engines, and 7 modes from Mutable Instruments. There's a little freak inside you, and this instrument will bring it out.

      The best of both worlds

      Even though MicroFreak has a digital oscillator at its heart, “opposites attract” as the saying goes. That’s why we’ve included a lush-sounding analog filter. Inspired by the trailblazing 12-dB SEM filter, you can make MicroFreak’s filter scream or whisper to taste. The filter is state-variable, and can even auto-oscillate! You can use this is any way you like, from taking the edge of the razor-sharp wavetable sounds, or automating the cutoff by modulating it with keyboard pressure or the in-built sequencer. Wait. Did we mention that MicroFreak has a sequencer? And a mod matrix? Things are about to get seriously interesting...

      Taste the spice, throw the dice

      MicroFreak is packed with unique, exciting features that let you create music with a fresh perspective. Record up to four automations, edit notes per step or use the innovative Spice and Dice sequencer functions to find happy accidents. Add randomization to create evolving, original patterns, and virtually rewire and reconfigure its signal chain and controls with the 5x7 modulation matrix. This truly is a budget-friendly synth like no other.

      "That's a funny looking keyboard"

      That’s right, it is. It isn’t really even a keyboard. It’s a PCB. Super-flat, with no moving parts. Will it track lightning-fast synth solos? You bet. Better than a traditional keyboard, actually. Will it let you be expressive? Of course, it’s not only pressure sensitive, but also offers poly-aftertouch. This means each key can control parameters in a different way depending on how much you touch. You can also use its USB, MIDI, and CV outputs to control instruments in your DAW and modular synths. This also means that you can also use MicroFreak as a controller to experience polyphonic aftertouch with cutting edge software instruments.

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        Arturia MicroFreak Analog Synthesizer Features:

        • Synthesizer with 256 preset slots and 160 factory presets
        • 12 Digital oscillators with variable modes, with integrated open source Plaits engine created by Mutable Instruments
        • Analog State Variable Filter, 12dB/octave, resonant, Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass
        • ADSR envelope
        • Cycling Envelope offering two modes
          • Envelope
          • LFO
        • LFO with Sync: Sine, Tri, Saw, Square, Random, Slew Random
        • Modulation matrix with 5 sources and 7 destinations (3 custom destinations)
        • Monophonic or Paraphonic modes - Up to 4 voices
        • 25-key capacitive keybed with polyphonic aftertouch
        • Capacitive touch strip
        • Crisp OLED display for editing and parameter values
        • Powerful arpeggiator
          • Up, Order, Random, Pattern modes
          • Spice & Dice Gate randomizers
        • 64-step sequencer
          • 2 patterns per preset
          • 4 automation tracks per preset
        • CV / Gate / Mod outputs
        • USB, Clock and MIDI in and out
        • 6.35mm master and 3.5mm headphone output

                Type Paraphonic Synthesizer
                Sound Engine Type(s) Wavetable Synthesis, Digital Oscillators
                Analog/Digital Digital with Analog Filter
                Number of Keys 25
                Type of Keys Touch-sensitive Capacitive Keybed, Polyphonic Aftertouch
                Other Controllers Capacitive Touch Strip
                Polyphony Monophonic, Paraphonic mode (up to 4 voices)
                Presets
                128 Factory, 64 User
                Oscillators 11 x Digital Oscillators (engine type, wave, timbre, shape)
                LFO 1 x LFO with Sync (sine, sawtooth, square, triangle, random, slew random)
                Filter Analog State Variable Filter, 12dB/octave, Lowpass, Bandpass, Highpass
                Envelope Generator 1 x ADSR, Cycling Envelope
                Arpeggiator Up, Order, Random, Pattern modes, Spice/Dice Gate randomizer
                Sequencer 64-step, 2 patterns per preset
                Audio Outputs 1 x 1/4" (master out)
                Headphones 1 x 1/8"
                USB 1 x Type B
                MIDI I/O 2 x 1/8" (In/Out)
                Other I/O CV out, Gate out, Pressure out, Clock in/out
                Features 5 x 7 Modulation Matrix
                Power Supply 12V DC 1A power supply (included)
                Height 2.2"
                Width 12.5"
                Depth 9.2"
                Weight 2.5 lbs.
                Manufacturer Part Number 570101

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