SUPERBOOTH24: The new Arturia PolyBrute 12 Synth is a Masterpiece

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On Wednesday, Arturia launched the new PolyBrute 12 (€3999/$4449), a polyphonic analog hardware synth the French boffins call “the most expressive synthesizer ever.”

Bedroom Producers Blog hit the floor of Superbooth Berlin today and got the scoop on the new synth from Arturia’s sound designer, Lily, as seen in the YouTube video above.

Thanks again to Minimal Audio for sponsoring our Superbooth coverage. 

Lily gave an in-depth rundown on the specs and showed what the synth is capable of sonically. 

The Arturia PolyBrute 12 can produce a huge range of incredible sounds and is a highly expressive instrument, as you can hear in the demo. 

The new flagship synth from Arturia is the latest release in the PolyBrute series. 

The headline feature of the PolyBrute 12 is its doubled polyphony, going from six voices to 12, as well as improved aftertouch. 

As Lily explains in the Superbooth demo, the PolyBrute 12 has “polyphonic aftertouch, so each note has its own sensor, unlike the six.”

Lily noted that the new edition “shares a lot of the same core features that the six has, such as the oscillators and the Steiner-Parker [filter]and ladder filter.”

The selling point of the PolyBrute 12 is all about expressiveness and creativity, a big part of which is tied to the improved aftertouch.

The synth offers three aftertouch modes: monophonic, polyphonic, and the new FullTouch mode. 

The FullTouch technology “describes the keyboards’ dynamic aftertouch responsiveness – able to capture the precise position and acceleration of each key across the entire movement range.”

Arturia developed FullTouch over several years, specifically for the PolyBrute 12.

This combination of modes is designed to offer maximum expressiveness to the player, or as Arturia states, “a sound that can go from incredibly subtle to infinitely expansive in one motion.”

The PolyBrute 12 also has an updated cream aesthetic, and the new vibe is pleasingly vintage.

Features returning from the six-voice PolyBrute include the Morphée controller, with X and Y touch axes plus the Z pressure axis, as well as the ribbon controller.

The latter sits above the keybed and can be assigned to your chosen modulation to “glide effortlessly up and down to alter your sound.”

Arturia promises that the PolyBrute 12’s sonic palette is unrivaled, thanks to the combination of the 12 voices, signature Brute oscillators, dual analog filters, and a modulation matrix. 

It certainly offers an incredible array of sounds, as you can hear from Lily’s demo above, so it seems Arturia are onto a winner with the new and improved PolyBrute 12.

Check it out: PolyBrute 12

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  1. “BPB is a website about free and affordable music making software”.

    Now let me post about this 4000$ hardware.

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