Arturia MicroFreak

205

Hybrid Synthesizer

  • Touch keyboard with 25 keys
  • Velocity dynamic with polyphonic aftertouch
  • Digital oscillator with synthesis methods like Karplus Strong, Harmonic OSC, Superwave and Texturer
  • Analog state variable filter (-12 dB/oct.) with selectable lowpass, bandpass and highpass characteristics
  • LFO with 6 vibration modes
  • 2 Envelope generators
  • Modulation matrix with 5 sources and 7 targets
  • Arpeggiator
  • Step sequencer with 4 automation tracks and random parameters
  • Paraphonic mode
  • OLED display
  • Mono line output: 6.3 mm Jack (balanced)
  • CV / Gate / Pressure Outputs: 3.5 mm Jack
  • Clock In / Out: 3.5 mm Handle
  • MIDI In / Out: 3.5 mm TRS jack
  • USB port
  • Dimensions: 311 x 233 x 55 mm
  • Weight 1.02 kg
  • Includes 12V DC power supply unit
  • Suitable bag: Article Nr. 485323 (not included)
Tillgänglig sedan Maj 2019
Artikelnummer 457192
försäljningsenhet 1 Styck
Number Of Keys 25
Touch-Sensitive Yes
Aftertouch Yes
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel No
Number of simultaneous Voices 1
Sound Engine Digital Analog Hybrid
MIDI interface MIDI In/Out
Storage Medium Internal
USB-port Yes
Effects 0
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display Yes
Pedal Connections None
Dimensions 311x233x55mm
Weight 1,0 kg
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Cool little synth
Fotopaul 25.04.2020
I really wanted to like MicroFreak and in some areas, it is really good. It's a hybrid synth and to get to shine you really need to use/learn the mod matrix. Still, the mono output and lack of internal effects make it a bit dull and flat, so it really needs to be paired with some external effects. My main gripe with the MicroFreak is its touch keyboard, its nearly impossible to consistent velocity as the keyboard reacts different in the moisture of your fingers, if you have dry hands it will take quite some force to register a key. Another thing that was painful was the syncing and transferring of presets using the Midi Control center, inconsistent and terribly slow. Often had to reboot the unit to be able to connect to the midi control center.
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My first hardware synth
1TooZz 11.10.2019
I'm used only bunch of good VST before, i'm totally satisfied with them. But once i wanted to have a not virtual, a "real" instrument to have another workflow style, and, therefore, different paths thinking of creativity. Portability was a big criterion too.
After long researching of some variants, microfreak had becomes my choice. I had bunch of fears and skepticism about it, but price of the synth is a very tasty.
Also it's hard to estimate all possibilities with only dry sound. I was thinking, good additional effects will make the sound very awesome, but wasn't too sure. Sound demos, what i found in internet almost all was with dry sound or slightly slurred to me.
When i received and try it on my own- all good expectations were confirmed.

This little thing can a lot of things, but at first it's not so evident. It's really cool to play with it, i understood how to use it very quickly. In some ways It's not so easy, as using virtual instruments, but it's a lot more pleasant.
Microfreak has its own sound style, and this is awesome, because uniqueness is advantage. Some aspects, with comparison with some my VSTi's i have not so powerful, but microfreak has its own powers and possibilities, what i'm haven't before.
Microfreak does not have its own effects. Some patches obtaining good without it. But If use third party effects, sonic possibilities and power increasing a lot.
I'd advise to buy good effects with the synth, gear or plug-ins, at least one good reverb, this really worth it.

Sound of the synth is digital, and very quality. It's really sound better than some of my vsti's, sometimes even without additional effects.
Microfreak full of good sides of digital sound.
The synth have ability to create analog- style sounds, but i doubt, what they so cool, as true analog. Anyway the synth sounds a very cool in digital sonic style.
But filter here is analog. Some oscillator modes have features, what making filter not so important to use with them, but the filter is real cool, it's work smooth and sometimes making sound "warmer".

Modulation matrix is awesome. It's really easy, if get used to it, and give a lot of possibilities. You can even modulate amount of other modulations!

I love the keyboard. In some ways not so good as "traditional" keyboard, but i'm, as pianist, don't feel conservative negativity about this sensor decision, it's just different way to play.
For me it's comfortably and fun to use. And it's really expressive. I'm sure, this flat keys better, then cheap keys with bad velocity control or without it.

I don't very like a sequencer and arpeggiator, because i accustomed to DAW's with their surgical control of everything, but anyway seem's useful. But i really like a possibility of modulating something from sequencer/arpeggiator.

If you want affordable, little, fun and interesting digital synth- the Microfreak is a good decision, i think.
But if you want just only features, and you not obsessed about possession of real instrument, or about unwonted workflow; or you don't like digital sound- maybe it's can disappoint you.
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A best of this scope, really, for this price?
Zivca78 29.04.2020
First of all let me say I am dealing with synths for more than 30 years.
I am professional music producer and audio engineer, and bulk of my work was always directed towards music synthesis, be it music composing, sound design or just pure love for the machine.
This synth is many types of synthesis packed into one. With 2.0 firmware update, even more features are offered, such as additional oscillator and scale mode. This synth might be too much for a beginner but only because of so many features, but they would witness first hand all classic synthesis they have been reading or being thought about. So entry level can and will enjoy this synth.
Features I love - versatility, cycling envelope, matrix, arp and seq, and so many great things under a hub of this little beast.
Filter is extremely good piece of analog gear and its a shame external devices cannot be connected to use it.
Front panel misses arp gate, it is back in the utility menu, but that is just me asking for too much. Just like connectivity - this thing does everything it is supposed to do.
Great and fun feature, spice and dice is there.
Keyboard is pressure sensitive, and i love all additional settings you can assign.
Think about any, literally any synth with so many options that actually has analog filter!
And to top it all, this esoteric finish/design is making me happy to have this device purely just to look at it.
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Does what some synths 3 times as expensive can't
Jungy Brogus 09.03.2022
The mod matrix is where a lot of the strength and versatility is. For example: assigning pitch to tempo. You record a melody/sequence and you can tell the Microfreak to play the high notes slowly or quickly. Or the low notes, and you can control how fast or slow. There are more things here that much bigger synths can't do so it really is a gem. The 4 orange knobs, where you change the basis of the sound can feel quite limiting compared to a 'knob per function' synth but the mod matrix is too good.

The capacitor keys are brilliant for very quick response playing. Run your fingers across the 'keys' really quickly and lightly tapping in melodies.

The sequencer is fun and user friendly once I got my head around it. Every sequence you make has A and B parts, both have 64 steps. So yeah 128 steps. A 4 note chord is still one step. You can go back and forward and change any step. Listen to it and go back and change it again. I think it's a great little powerful synth and you are going to enjoy it.
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