The Arturia MICROFREAK is a hybrid synthesizer that combines the power of multiple synthesizers into one compact and affordable unit. It features a multi-mode digital oscillator with 11 digital oscillators that offer a variety of sound creation modes, including analogue modelling, Karplus-strong, and the famous Plaits Eurorack module, which has been brought to the MICROFREAK through open source.
The MICROFREAK is equipped with a rich 12dB/oct analogue filter that provides a vibrant, deep, and characterful sound, while its sequencer and polyphonic touch plate keyboard with CV, MIDI, and USB connectivity allow for full expression and control. This versatile synthesizer is suitable for both beginners and veterans, offering a wide range of features and sound-shaping capabilities.
In its latest V3 update, the MICROFREAK has added three new algorithms (bass, sawX, and harm) that are part of the flexible Virt Iter module from Noise Engineering. This gives users access to new harmonic colour, wavefolding, modulation, and more. The four-voice unison mode can now be used for all oscillator types, providing a unison spread of up to 12 semitones that can be modulated. The number of preset slots has also increased from 256 to 384, making it easier to save and recall sounds.
The digital oscillators in the MICROFREAK feature modes like Texturer, Karplus strong, Harmonic OSC, and Superwave, allowing users to create a wide range of interesting sounds. The Plaits engine created by Mutable Instruments offers an iconic sound that is loved by the modular community, while the classic analogue 12db/oct filter provides the finishing touch to your sound design.
The capacitive keybed with polyphonic aftertouch and the touch strip offer a highly expressive and performative experience, while the MIDI compatibility allows the MICROFREAK to be used as a controller for other software synths. The powerful arpeggiator and 64-step sequencer provide additional creative options.
In terms of connectivity, the MICROFREAK has USB, clock, and MIDI in and out, as well as 6.35mm master and 3.5mm headphone outputs. The unit measures 12.2 x 9.2 x 2.2 inches and weighs 2.3 lbs, making it portable and easy to take on the go.
Overall, the Arturia MICROFREAK is a highly versatile, expressive, and affordable hybrid synthesizer that offers a wide range of sound-shaping capabilities, making it a must-have for musicians of all levels.