NAMM is over and all the big audio gear manufacturers have showed off all their new equipment.
One upcoming product that will excite newcomers to the synth world, as well as intermediate players, is the MicroFreak by Arturia. Arturia has been in the game for 20 years, and its latest product is a synth that creates unique sounds that you can bring anywhere.
This is the MicroFreak. The MicroFreak is indeed freaky, giving many different features for a synth so small.
Does the MicroFreak stack up against other synths?
What’s the Scoop?
The MicroFreak is just 12.2 x 9.2 x 2.2 inches. It’s also only 2.3 pounds. This makes it easy for you to carry and take with you. If you live in a small house, you don’t have to worry about it taking too much space.
Eleven Digital Oscillators
With 11 digital oscillators, with more being added with updates, there is quite a lot for the MicroFreak to do. You can switch these oscillators using any of the four knobs. The MicroFreak also has Plaits, an open-source oscillator. According to Arturia, some oscillators are developed by Eurorack company Mutable Instruments.
With the MicroFreak, you can create random sequences and then control how they sound. This is great if you need some creative inspiration.
Like Arturia’s wacky, 80’s-style commercial says, “Roll the dice; Feel the spice”.
The spice and dice features allow for even more controlled noise.
Combine the best of both worlds with virtual analog. It allows your synth to sound retro while going digital.
A Total of 220 Presets
With 128 factory presets and 92 slots for storage, you can create a variety of sounds. Store your presets and then make some incredible noises from them.
Lots of Ways to Plug In
The MicroFreak has MIDI and USB support. You can plug it into your computer and connect your music to the world with ease.
Some Crisp Sounds
With its size, you may think that the keyboard doesn’t have much to offer in sound quality. However, you’d be wrong.
This synth can create some noises that you won’t believe come from a small synth.
Don’t take our word for it, however.
A Keyless Keyboard
The MicroFreak has a keyboard that is touch-sensitive and flat. There are no moving parts when you strike on the keys. However, the keyboard still allows you to play some lightning-fast tunes, so you don’t have to worry about a downgrade. You may end up liking this keyboard better.
The MicroFreak is one keyboard that you should be excited to try. Whether you’re a newcomer to the synth world or have some experience under your belt, it’s a powerful synth that can do a lot. If you’re interested in it, why not head over to Arturia’s site to find out more?
Or you can preorder it for just under $300. It’s something that costs very little, yet can give you a whole lot of musical memories.