Arturia Drumbrute ..... ?? (analog drum machine for 449 euro)

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2239 posts since 19 Dec, 2014

Post Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:57 pm ... clnk&gl=ca

(webcached online retailer product page, as per typical leak scenario)

... possibly coming in at 449 euro ... if leaked/current details are to be believed


From the webcached online retailer:
Taking roots on the long-standing history of classic drum machines it builds on the look and sound of the ‘Brute’ franchise. DrumBrute offers seventeen true analog sounds, unique performance effects, modern step sequencer, ease of use, and great connectivity.

For the last five years we’ve constantly been asking the dealers which product they expected from Arturia. The very most frequent answer has always been: “an analog drum machine”. They asked, we listened: a new analog classic is born! We hope you’re as excited as we are!

> Seventeen pure analog drum sounds
. Kick 1, kick 2, snare, clap, hihat 1, hi hat 2, conga hi, conga lo, tom hi, tom lo, maracas, rimshot, clave, tambourine, cymbal, reverse cymbal, zap.
> Wide-range of controls allowing for many new and
unique sounds.
.Two different flavors of kick drums
. Our unique analog Reverse Cymbal
> 64 patterns with up to 64 steps each
> Separate accent per drum
> Step Repeat for creating looping glitch effects
> Song mode for chaining patterns
> Pattern effects:
. Swing & randomness that can be global or per instrument
. Pattern Looper for beat repeat functions
> Steiner Parker output filter with bypass (high pass & low pass)
> Multiple sync options (Internal, USB, MIDI, Clock)
. Four different clock format
> Twelve individual audio outputs
> Headphone output with both 3.5mm and ¼” jacks
> Create polyrhythms
. Each drum track can be of separate length

Modern indie-rock hipster for the sound, the ease of use, the great design and the analog character that DrumBrute offers.
Dance music producers / DJs are looking for a drum machine that will move a dance floor. They’ll love the two kicks and the large array of performance oriented features.
Hip-Hop artists, and especially beatmakers looking to get some heavy hip-hop analog flavor. DrumBrute’s versatility perfectly delivers the sounds this key target group is looking for.
Electronic musicians in their 50s who are into Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk. They need more than just a snare and kick: fortunately DrumBrute has seventeen instruments and it will even clock to their vintage set-up!


The sound of DrumBrute is based on the best of the best classic analog drum sounds. Sound profiles were created from the past but then the circuits were designed to build up DrumBrute’s own sound signature.
Two styles of kick drums, wide ranging snare and clap setting, two hi hats with tone and separate decay times, reverse cymbal, zap and more. DrumBrute offers a wider sound palette than any other analog drum machine bellow 1500€/$.

DrumBrute is designed to give musicians the same great hands-on experience they get from our other award winning Brute instruments. All sound parameters can be changed instantly and set with the nice intuitive interface. DrumBrute is truly easy to use! No need to read the manual!

DrumBrute is not only about creating a beat: it’s also about tweaking it and making it evolve in real time! DrumBrute adds loads of innovative features like our Step Repeat, Pattern Looper, Mute/Solo groups, song mode, Randomness and Swing functions per track. Finger drummers will love the ability to play quantised or semiquantised on ultra sensitive pads.

DrumBrute is the only analog drum machine in its price category to offer as much as 12 separate audio outputs! DrumBrute is a swiss army knife for syncing your gear. It will basically sync with any set up: Eurorack, vintage Roland gears, Korg Volca, DAW, MIDI devices…

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google translation of above article:
Arturia affects dry and tough presenting the new analog drum machine to a "boutique hotel" (who wants to will understand, understand ...). The device during, shown in great secrecy last MusikMesse and finally freed from the embargo that prevented the disclosure, takes the best from classic analog architectures of the last century - thus organization sequencer and tone generation - temperandolo with interesting realizations previously made arrangements in that of Grenoble, then filter Steiner, intervention Swing / Random global or per track, Roller / Looper.

Henry Cosimi


In addition, DrumBrute is one of the few rhythmic units currently in production to allow the heavy polyrhythms through independent sizing for each track / instrument.

The main features are particularly greedy:

Seventeen analog timbre kick comprising 1, 2 kick, snare, clap, hihat open, close hihat, congas hi, the conga, hi tom, tom him, maracas, rim shot, claves, tambourine, cymbal, cymbal reverse, zap.
Endowment of independent dedicated controls for each instrument; there is always a volume, there is always the Mute / Solo option, in addition, there are the timbre characterization parameters (all residents and simultaneously accessible on the control panel, as the good old days ...).
Sequencer arranged in 64 patterns; each pattern can have a maximum length of 64 steps; Each instrument track can have an independent life from the other, allowing the construction of intricate polyrhythmic structures.
Repeat step prepared for the fast creation of Ratcheting effects and rebound.
Song Mode for concatenation of previously programmed sequence pattern.
Each pattern can be influenced in real time with the Swing behavior and Randomness already tested in BeatStep Pro; the two behaviors are applied globally to all that programmed in the pattern or may only be focused on the current track / edit tool.
Looper pattern to repeat batting of segments equal to the fourth, eighth, sixteenth, thirty-second, all in the finger tip.
Steiner Parker pass protection filter, with low and high pass mode, with Cutoff and Reonance controls.
Twelve individual audio outputs on standard ¼ "jack (many greetings to many competitive machines). Main Mono output, always on standard ¼ jack format. " headphone outputs with independent volume and connections parallelate double TRS ¼ "TRS format and ⅛".
Bidirectional management of four possible clock: Internal Clock, MIDI Clock, USB Clock, Analog TTL Sync.

The sound is based on the best circuits in the analog tradition of the last century, revisited to enhance its unique characteristics and offer instant access to the most significant parameters. Two different styles of kick drum, simultaneously available and usable, with independent parameter kits, snare and clap wide-ranging action, hi hat opened and closed completely independent in volume and decay time, cymbal straight and reverse (made analogously) zap.

The presence of dedicated playing pad allows not only the Real Time Programming (coupled to the classic data entry Step Mode on multiple sixteenth note grid), but also the direct execution at your fingertips timbre of residents; the whole thing is powered by Step Repeat, Pattern Mooper, Mute / Solo with ability to create assignment groups, song mode, Randomness and Swing. These last two parameters can be independent per track. The playing of the pad sensitivity facilitates the real-time execution, the presence of a sophisticated internal quantization engine facilitates the rhythmic alignment in programming.

Connectivity is extreme: in this price category - more information later - DrumBrute is the only analog drum machine to offer twelve separate audio outputs. In addition, there are the two MIDI In and Out, the Type B USB port, the two connections Sync In / Out format TRS ⅛ ", the main outputs monaural output of ¼", the two stereo headphone outputs ⅛ " and ¼ ".

The power supply is separated, with power supply provided.


A look at the competitors

The street price of Arturia DrumBrute is 449 euro.

And 'inelegant, but we see quickly which are the main competitors of the new Arturia drum.

Akai Tom Cat. Costa 219 €, has six resident sounds, with a minimalist set of editable parameters. And 'certainly suitable for an audience that is taking its first steps in the industry and who does not want to invest too much.
KORG Volca Beats. Costa 159 €, offers a choice of timbre deliberately low profile, has extremely limited connectivity (network, there are different designs for aftermarket modding the device), is an irresistible gadgets.
Roland TR-09. It costs 449 euro. The last entry in the Boutique Series. All-digital, has a very 80's workflow, does not have pad dynamics, given the size, it just swing on realtime performance. It has no separate analog outputs, offers differentiated connectivity - four buses - on the USB socket.
Roland TR-8. What 499 euro. Fully digital, does not manage the clock sync, does not have analog connectivity dedicabile, offers separate connections to USB format, can load modeling of historical Roland drum machines. Its design has always been the subject of several statements.
DSI Tempest. It costs 1999 euro. Almost all analog, manages digital samples; Pairs an important purchase price with a demanding parameters for the user kit. Only recently has it been the subject of an upgrade that has solved historical malfunction.


Of stamp parameters and function parameters

Arturia DrumBrute paves on the control panel all the parameters related to the real-time management of the available analog sounds:

Kick 1. Level, Pitch, Decay, Impact, Sweep. It has a separate output audio.
Kick 2. Level, Pitch, Decay. It has a separate output.
Snare. Level, Snap Level, Decay Snap, Snap Tone, Tone Drum. It has a separate output.
Clap. Level, Tone, Decay. It has a separate output.
Rim / Claves. Level, Tone Rim, timbre Type selector. The two share the same sounds Rim output.
Closed Hat. Level, Pitch, Decay. He shares the output with the Open Hat sound.
Open Hat. Level, Pitch Decay. He shares the output with Closed Hat sound.
Hi Tom / Conga Hi. Level, Pitch, timbre Type selector. The two sounds sharing the same output Hi Tom.
Tom Lo / Lo Conga. Level, Pitch, timbre Type selector. The two share the same sounds Tom output Lo.
Cymbal / Reverse Cymbal. Level, Tone, Decay, tone Type selector. The two share the same sounds Cymbal output.
Maracas / Tamb. Level, Tamb Decay, tone Type selector. The two sounds sharing the same output Maracas / Tamb.
Zap. Level, Pitch, Decay. It has a separate output.

The operation of DrumBrute is divided into three levels of programming Song, and Pattern Bank. The sixteen addressable grope work so as numeric key readers because as selectors for the four AD benches; in addition, you can define the Global BPM with direct entry Rate / End and comparison on the three-digit alphanumeric display. And a tap tempo engine 'available.

The metronome, which has a dedicated output audio is adjustable on / off and volume.

The scale programming and the quantization is done for the second round, for triplet eighths to sixteenths, triplets to sixteenths, for thirty-seconds; you can define the Last Step useful pattern, moving - as in BeatStep Pro - through the four possible pages 16-32-48-64 step, with firm or updated dynamically display during programming; the groping and the steps work in color code with variable back lighting. Triggering Polyrhythm way, every programming line / instrument can have the length / number of steps it considers necessary; in this way, 16 starboard checkout steps can be overlapped to 7 steps of maracas and step 11 of the tom ...

The seventeen analog content in DrumBrute sounds are quickly adjustable, during the performance, for example, with the Mute and Solo behaviors; you can create allocation groups to open and close quickly more than one instrument at a time. Jeff Mills could start to feel hot ...

functions are provided Shift, Copy, ave, Erase, Step Program, Accent. Emphasis - attention - can be programmed independently for each instrument.

The reading of the pattern and / or individual tracks / instrument that compose it can be modified in real time by the two algorithms have already been tested in BeatStep Pro Swing and Randomness; They apply globally to all instruments playing or the Current Track selected. Looper offers a touch-sensitive surface with which to define the unconditional repetition batting quarters, eighths, sixteenths or thirty-seconds of pattern programming.

audio on Main, is the Output Filter module technology Steiner Parker to process low-pass / high-pass the entire audio stream; commands include Cutoff, Mode, Resonance and Bypass; we do not know if there is provided a envelope follower mechanism to automate the movement of the cutoff frequency.

It seems irresistible.
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29969 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:08 pm

At least it wouldn't surprise me if Arturia released something like that. :)
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2663 posts since 31 Dec, 2004 from People's Republic of Minnesota

Post Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:35 pm

Looks awesome. I do wish they released a newer version of their larger spark controller. That thing had some serious performance capabilities and a shit-ton of knobs.

2062 posts since 16 Jan, 2013

Post Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:36 pm

All that for the same price as the TR-09.

I guess we'll have to hear how it sounds.
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Post Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:26 pm

That bit about having a wider sonic palette than anything else under 1499 euro
Analog Rytm is €1,479 and is incredibly versatile.

10147 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Post Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:37 pm

This looks good. Love the minibrute, looking fwd to the maxibrute. Now this 8)

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16257 posts since 24 May, 2009 from A galaxy, far far away

Post Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:42 pm

Won't go near it till I've heard what Faxi Nadu has to say about it :tu:

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4296 posts since 7 Jun, 2012 from Warsaw

Post Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:21 pm

This one proves Brute line is not very attractive visually :P

Other than that, looks like another clone of 808/909.
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8235 posts since 2 Dec, 2004 from North Wales

Post Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:19 am

wow. That's no Rytm wolf, that sounds like the real deal.

If that is 450- its up there with the DM12 for value....

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Post Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:22 am

:love: midi control of parameters? 14 bit? 8) :D

8235 posts since 2 Dec, 2004 from North Wales

Post Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:27 am

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Post Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:46 am

lalo wrote::love: midi control of parameters? 14 bit? 8) :D

I went from totally excited to not interested once I read the manual. No control over any sound generating parameters through midi.
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Post Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:14 am


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Post Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:20 am

ericj23 wrote:I went from totally excited to not interested once I read the manual. No control over any sound generating parameters through midi.
Analog purism aside, what do you expect for 449 euro ? Something's got to give, and I definitely think they made the right choice. I hope it's a roaring success, and if so I suspect they will come up with a 'MaxiDrum' at some point that will have more in common with the more sophisticated drum machines like the Tempest and Elektron's etc (i.e. parameter sequencing, preset storage, etc) to satisfy those who want 21st century comforts in their drum machines.

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