MatrixBrute is arguably the most powerful analog monophonic synthesizer ever ! As flexible as a modular system but offering presets, MatrixBrute is a dream machine for everyone interested in creating a sound palette of their own.
The heart of the MatrixBrute is its unique modulation matrix that allows you to create your own routings. You can invent a sound palette of your own that will be sure to be heard in any mix !
The matrix can also be used to recall your presets. So go on stage, and select any of the 256 presets instantly! No menus or awkward selection screens, everything is at your fingertips.
As if it was not enough, the matrix is also made to program and play sequences. This is no ordinary step-sequencer. With its ability to also be used as a modulation source, sounds evolve in melody and texture, just the way you want.
Forget about tiny LCD screens, being lost in menus and sub-menus, and trying to remember double functions and complex procedures. MatrixBrute brings back the fun and the immediate hands-on experience of synthesis.
When you want things to shake, grab the Sub Osc slider and bring it on. When you want it to sizzle, grab the filter knob and open it up. And when it’s time to unleash the beast, grab the Brute Factor™ knob and turn it loose! It’s that easy.
1. Three Analog Oscillators:
Sawtooth, Pulse, Triangle, waves with the unique waveshapers that have become the trademark of the 'Brute' sound. There is also a sub-oscillator on each of the two Brute oscillators.
2. Combination VCO/LFO oscillator:
The third Osciallator can be used for both audio signals and LFO modulation at the same time. You do not have to choose either operation here so you can always have that big 3 oscillator sound.
3. Noise Generator:
Noise generator with White, Pink, Red and Blue noise types. The most versatile on the market.
4. Audio Mod:
The AUDIO MOD section allows for complex oscillator and filter FM possibilities bringing whole new tonalities to your sound.
5. Performance Controls:
Pitch bend and mod wheels and 4 Macro encoders which can be assigned to any of the modulation destinations for instant hands on performance playing.
6. Voice Modes:
Multiple keyboard modes for mono, paraphonic and duo-split modes. Split oscialltors for paraphonic mode or use the duo split mode to play a sequence while playing notes over the top of it.
7. Three LFO’s:
Two standalone LFO’s with 7 waveforms and trigger modes allow for complex modulations. The combination VCO/LFO adds a 3rd LFO in the system.
Mix and blend Oscillators 1, 2, 3, as well as the noise generator and EXTERNAL input sources. Route each mixer input to the filter of your choice using the FILTER assign buttons.
9. Steiner-Parker filter:
We have upgraded our Steiner Parker filter to support both 12db per octave and 24db per octave slopes as well as a DRIVE control for making thicker sounds. The 4 modes, Low pass, band pass, high pass, and notch allow for a vast array of sound making possibilites.
10. Ladder Filter:
We have included a traditional beefy Ladder filter with both 12db and 24db per octave slopes as well as Low Pass, High Pass & Band Pass modes and a Drive control. This filter design is known for making punchy bass and thick lead sounds.
11. Filter routing:
The two filters can be patched in series or in parallel configurations.
12. 3 Envelope Generators:
The two ADSR envelopes and the 3rd DADSR envelope give you plenty of sound sculpting tools.
13. 256 Memory locations:
Store and recall your favorite sounds at the touch of a button. You can organize, save and load new banks of sounds using the free MIDI Control Center editor application. We deliver MatrixBrute with 128 factory presets.
14. The Matrix
The matrix is the heart of Matrixbrute. It allows for complex modulation routing, step-sequencing and instant preset recall.
Modulation Routing: You can assign any of 16 modulation sources to any of 16 mod destinations. 4 destinations are user programmable and can be seen in the e-ink display. Set amounts of each modulation routing using the data encoder.
Step Sequencer: The matrix can be used as a 64 step sequencer with separate STEP, ACCENT, SLIDE and MODULATION steps.
Preset Recall: In Preset mode the matrix allows you to recall any of 256 presets at the touch of a button.
15. True Analog Effects.
To enhance your sonic pleasure we have added an analog and Delay/ Chorus/ Flanger to the output. Choose from any of 5 operation modes. And YES! the controls in the analog effects can be set as modulation destinations in the Matrix.
16. Sequencer/Arpeggiator controls
The sequencer and arpeggiator add to the playability of the Matrixbrute. Multiple modes of both the seq and arp allow for unlimited musical ideas to be realized.
The 49 note keyboard features both velocity and aftertouch for a musical feel with plenty of expression.
18. Master Audio Outputs:
Stereo ¼” jacks for your master audio outputs.
19. Control Voltage Interfacing:
12 CV Inputs and 12 CV Outputs allow the Matrixbrute to interface with your standard 1V per octave modular synth gear.
20. Audio Input:
Line and instrument levels allow for adding an external oscillator from your favorite modular synth or processing a guitar or bass through the filters, VCA and analog effects.
21. Gate I/O:
The Gate inputs and outputs allow you to trigger external gear or trigger the internal envelopes remotely.
22. Sync in and out
This allows you to synchronize the MatrixBrute’s sequencer and arpeggiator with external devices.
23. Pedal Inputs
Experssion and Sustain pedal inputs give you real-time control to expand on your expressive capabilities control.
24. MIDI Interfacing
Standard MIDI in, out and thru will connect you to both modern and vintage gear alike.
USB I/O allows you to interface to a computer DAW directly. This is also the link to use our free editor/librarian software provided for the MatrixBrute.
MatrixBrute is an analog synthesizer that redefines a class of performance and studio synths that has not been matched since the glory days of the 70’s and 80’s.
Designed to be flexible and fun to use, evocative and awe inspiring, and most importantly, a world-class musical instrument; the MatrixBrute gives you the depth you need to design and keep inspired for years to come.
The goal was to create a synthesizer with the flexibility of a modular but at the same time have it be intuitive and programmable for the live and studio musician. 1:1 knob and button interface for ease of use; pure analog sound with the fattest oscillator in the industry; two filters based on the original designs of Dr. Bob and Nyle Steiner, but taken to new levels; real analog delay effects on the output and the eye catching matrix modulation. All these features and more add up to create a landmark electronic music platform.
The foundation for any great synthesizer requires great oscillators.
We have them in spades! The MatrixBrute has two ‘Brute style’ oscillators, each with its own sub oscillator and the wave shapers that made the Minibrute the new standard in analog synths. With the analog UltraSaw you can make this single oscillator sound like three detuned sawtooth oscillators. The Metalizer on the triangle wave can take your sound from mello to extreme. The sub-oscillator with its waveform control adds low end beefy goodness.
We also give you a third oscillator that has sine, triangle, saw and square waveforms. This unique oscillator can be used as an audio source and as a modulation source at the same time.
We have added the most advanced Noise generator on a production synth ever. With white, pink, red and blue noise colors, you can create all kinds of new sounds. The noise generator can also be a modulator to add some dirt to the oscillators or filters.
Complex Audio Mods
The AUDIO MOD section allows you to create complex audio modulations.
You can route oscillators to other oscialltors to create dense cross modulation sounds as well as routing oscillators and the noise generator to filters to add some more grit and grime into your sound.
The soul of a synthesizer is the filters. We decided to give the MatrixBrute two souls.
The Steiner-Parker multimode filter that we are known for in our MiniBrute and MicroBrute, has been brought back but this time we added our own flair to it. We added a DRIVE control to thicken up the filter sound. On top of this we changed it so that the slope can be 12db per octave, like the original, or 24db per octave for fatter sounds.
DR. BOB’S LADDER
The most famous filter used in synths is probably Dr. Robert Moog’s transistor ladder filter. We have brought you our version of this classic sounding filter with a new DRIVE control, 12 and 24db per octave slopes and LOW PASS, HIGH PASS and BAND PASS modes.
These two great filters can be set up to be in series or parallel modes multiplying the possibilities. A single offset knob allows you one control access to both filters for unheard of before sweeps.
Enter the Matrix
Undeniably the matrix is probably the first thing that caught your eye. It is big and brash and bold. Part routing system, part sequencer and part preset recall grid, the matrix is undoubtedly the most exciting thing to hit the synth world in a while.
In our goal to create a programmable virtual modular we discovered some technology that allowed for the matrix modulation that is the centerpiece of the MatrixBrute. You can route any of 16 modulation sources to any of the 16 modulation destinations. Further, there are 4 destinations that are user assignable allowing you to customize each patch.
Using the data dial, you can set the amount of modulation for each cross point on the matrix. This is a much more flexible system than a simple patch cord and allows you to dial in just the right amount of modulation.
In sequencer mode the matrix becomes a 64 step sequencer capable of making awe inspiring melodic patterns. The sequencer supports Accent and Slide steps and has a separate function that gives you a different CV on each step that can be used as a modulation source. The possibilities with this as both a melodic and modulation source will inspire you for years to come.
When in a live situation, you need to be able to load presets quickly and easily. The Matrix can be used to instantly choose any of the 256 on-board preset memory locations. Simply press a button and you are there. No scrolling through lists or dealing with tiny displays. Pure performance pleasure.
Modulation sources give life to your sound.
They animate it and give it dimension.
We have included 3 LFO modulation sources. LFO’s 1 and 2 give you a vast array of waveforms to choose from. These LFO’s can also sync to the sequencer or MIDI clock so that you can twist and bend your sound in time to the music.
The 3rd LFO is part of VCO 3 and has the ability to track the keyboard for sounds that change as you play up and down.
3 Envelopes are also included to give you time based control over filter, VCA’s or any other parameter you want to route them to via the matrix. Our hyper-fast punchy envelopes will allow you to create hard hitting bass and lead sounds. Draw them out and they become soundscape creating time machines.
Lastly a good synthesizer is part of an ecosystem.
One that allows you to work with other devices, and to interconnect modules using industry standard protocols. The MatrixBrute excels in this area. With 12 CV inputs and outputs that allow you to tie into the matrix, you can use Eurorack standard modules to add even more flexibility to MatrixBrute.
Imagine being able to plug in a boutique company modulation source and controlling the powerful MatrixBrtue synth engine. Imagine using sources or macros in MatrixBrute to then control multiple destinations in your custom modular synth. Imagine bringing external audio into the mixer so adding even more tone generating capability is just a plug away.
Syncronize your vintage drum machines or external sequencers with the DIN/clock sync in and outs. Connect to a computer using USB or to MIDI equipped sound modules. External pedal controllers like footswitches or expression pedals can also be used to give you more performance options. Matrixbrute is the pinnacle of analog sound and connectivity.
A synthesizer is meant to be an interactive musical instrument.
At the center is the keyboard and our 49 note velocity keybed with aftertouch gives you a great platform for playing. But playing the synthesizer is more than just pressing keys. We have the standard pitch bend and mod wheels that you will find on most synths but we have added 4 macro knobs that can be assigned, and routed via the Matrix, to any of the modulation destinations. This allows for single knob control of up to 16 parameters. Using the macros will take your performances to new levels. On top of this we have an amazing sequencer and arpeggiator for making musical patterns or tempo sync’ed modulations.
Analog Output effects
Synthesizers and effects can be a touchy subject.
Too often companies put poor quality, poor sounding digital effects at the end of their analog audio chain which leads to bad overall sound. We have built in 5 high quality true analog effects that will be sure to impress. From stereo delay and mono delay to chorus and flanging as well as a unique multi-tap reverberator, our new analog effects are the perfect finish to this impressive sound chain.
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