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While we all wait for the Matrix Brute, Arturia have been working on the Drum Brute too. Which is announced today - as we say in the video - who knew?
So the Drum Brute is a 17 voice - yes seventeen, analogue drum machine, two kick drums, snare, clap,rim/clave open/closed hat, toms/congas, maracas, tambourine, cymbal/rev/cymbal, zap and metronome.
All the voices are tweakable with parameters for each voice type, though dual channel voices such as Tom/Conga share common values.
As you can hear, the sound had plenty of beef, when we shot this video with Alex from Source Distribution, there was plenty of bottom end, with a sort of woody quality which we liked. Combining the bibble bobble of the analog toms and congas, with the tougher twin kicks - basically 808 and 909 style,
With individual outputs, you can break out individual voices for additional processing, eq or fx. There's also a Steiner-Parker resonant Low Pass/High Pass filter across the main output for additional tone sculpting. The whole thing is backed by a Beatstep Pro style sequencer, but with two major updates:
Poly rhythm - each drum voice can be sequenced with its own step length - which is something BSPro users have been asking for
Song Mode - re-callable pattern chains - 16 total
The Drum Brute is available imminently - November 17th we're told at 399UKP
The first one he plays is actually rather lovely....