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Analogue Synth Arturia PolyBrute 12

The PolyBrute 12, Arturia's newest flagship analogue polysynth, boasting an expanded 12-voice architecture and a premium FullTouch MPE keyboard, promises to "bring you into direct and tactile connection with your sound like never before." The 61-key polyphonic keyboard with patented aftertouch technology offers three different modes, including the following options – classic monophonic aftertouch, polyphonic aftertouch and FullTouch mode.

The latter mode, taking polyphonic aftertouch up a notch, triggers modulation at the slightest touch, allowing expressive aftertouch over the entire keyboard. Whether you're playing softly or intensely, the synth responds intuitively to your touch, offering a previously unattainable level of expressiveness. So confident is the producer of the capabilities and uniqueness of this concept, which offers enormous potential, that they refer to the PolyBrute 12 as "the most expressive polyphonic analogue synthesiser ever."

Like its six-voice predecessor, the new PolyBrute features a touch-sensitive, pressure-sensitive Morphée controller located to the keyboard's left and a ribbon controller directly above it. Meanwhile, the 12-voice architecture of the PolyBrute 12, combined with analogue oscillators, filters, an advanced matrix and integrated effects, allows you to explore an almost infinite spectrum of sonic timbres.

You can choose from 480 dynamic presets, including exclusive patches from renowned sound designers from all over the world. The synth also features a 96-point digital patch bay for intuitive modulation control, where the player can easily route any modulation sources and controllers to affect dozens of parameters simultaneously. Each preset is divided into A/B sections to which custom modulation settings can be assigned, and the two programs can be seamlessly combined to create complex evolving sounds.

There's also a trio of pedal inputs, and seamless integration with your DAW is further facilitated by PolyBrute Connect for real-time parameter control and easy patch management. Organize your favourite sounds with an intuitive drag-and-drop interface and easily import new presets and sound banks.

Arturia's designers did not forget to match the design of this advanced instrument using an aluminium chassis and solid walnut sides. The official European price of the Arturia PolyBrute 12 analogue synthesiser has been set at just under 3900 euros, with the PolyBrute Companion software included. The instrument is expected to hit the market probably in July.

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