Arturia DrumBrute Impact

Analog Drum Computer

  • 10 Sounds: Kick, Snare 1, Snare 2, Tom Hi, Tom Low, Cowbell, Cymbal, Closed Hat, Open Hat and FM
  • 64 Patterns, each with up to 64 steps
  • Accentuation and switchable colour tonal colouration per instrument and step
  • Song mode
  • Poly-rhythm function
  • Swing function
  • Random
  • Pattern looper
  • Roller for drum rolls in real time
  • Distortion effect can be switched to sum
  • Integrated metronome
  • Flexible sync options: Internal / MIDI / Clock, incl. 1PPS, 2PPQ, DIN24 and DIN48
  • USB MIDI interface
  • Line output: 6.3 mm Jack
  • Group outputs for kick, snare, hi-hats and FM
  • Stereo headphone jack: 3.5 mm Mini jack
  • Clock input and output: 3.5 mm Mini jack
  • MIDI input and output
  • USB
  • Weight: 1.84 kg
  • Includes external power supply
  • Suitable optional bag: Art.493541 (not included)
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Further Information

Sound Synthesis Analogue
Pads 8
Effects Yes
Bass Yes
Display Yes
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out
Number of analog outputs 5
Headphone Connector Yes
Mains Operation Yes
Battery Operation No

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A Future Classic!
*Theo E*, 28.12.2019
Being in the lookout for an analog drum machine I stumbled upon this little beast! The DrumBrute Impact made quite an impression to me, considering the price and the features:

There are 10 clean & punchy analog sounds which sit well in a modern track. The kick and the snares are the most prominent, however the entire drum set sounds tight and well thought out musically.

My most praised features are the "Color" function which transforms each sound, and the FM drum, that acts like a wildcard! Meaning you can transform it to many other sounds. Finally the distortion at the master bus makes the sound gritty and harsh, adding that special "brute" sauce!

Although I'm using it via DAW, I enjoyed playing live, using the countless sequencer features, and building patterns easily! I'm sure it will serve you well in a live gig.

To the cons, I would add the lack of a rimshot, and midi control over the sound parameters! Also a big minus is the lack of a complete list of SysEx messages in the manual.

Nevertheless in regards to it's sound, I think this drum machine is a future classic!
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Modern drum machine with solid squencer
Krismuz, 04.02.2021
This 'laptop-size' drum machine inspired me from the very begining. The sounds are great, deep and if you use Distrotion - dirty. But always the sound is well controlled so when you experiment with maximum values of the knobs - it's still great. Sequencer is simple, logic but also very deep and effective. Especially with Swing, Random or Step Repeat use.
Before I have used Volca Beats, that I loved but found some limits.
With Impact it seems for me even more music styles are possibles to explore even though Impact is a strong position for any electronic, edm or hiphop styles.

Pros: Analog Sounds (Kick Decay ...), Color function (change a little bit main sound of the pad), Distortion, Interface and Hardware quality, logic sequencer with 64 pattern, additional FM Drum, Computer application for configure/upgrade HW and import/export patterns, multiple connections. Good sync options with other HW/Daw.

Cons: Maybe one - Not all instruments are equipped with 3 knobs for more sound modify but two only, but well you can always trigger two instruments on same time to get more rich, combined sound.
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Peak, 31.08.2018
Having no special need for analogue drum machine (or more complex stand-alone drum machine at all), I am perhaps target audience for the Impact. It has it's weaknesses, but overall, I am quite impressed and inspired.

Pros:
- Great live playability and sequencer
- Classic, but also personal sound
- Well scaled tuning of pitch knob ranges
- Self sufficient sound palette for jamming
- Arturia's modern thought out possibilities - and I hope with firmware can be done even more
- Price

Cons:
- Irritating kick drum initial thump noise. For some beats it's good, for other, you need i.e. external filter to "shut it down". It's better to have it, with relatively easy, but not ideal way to suppress it (it also affects the rest of the wave and volume of it..), than to not have it and trying to create it somehow, but it's such dominant attribute of the sound, that not being able to control it in the box is nearly deal breaker
- Quite strong initial click in FM drum - not deal breaker, it will be masked in other sounds, but considerably limits its usability.
- Short (and shorter) envelopes for Toms.

Some suggestions for Arturia, if it's possible to change it in firmware? (or for analogue hackers):
- computer config, or another layer of "color" (or hack) for addressing Cons, give switch to more experimental pitch ranges to Toms, even more, near infinite max.release length for Snares (and even for the Kick), independent scales per track...
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Amazing piece of analog gear for the price
Gary H, 05.08.2020
Turning it on and programming some midi notes, this is going to sound thin. However, activating the color function (each drum has a secondary stock sound, which this activates) plus some distortion and EQing + automation on a DAW and this thing really roars. That's what I think most people miss when it comes to analog drum machines. Shipping the sounds sounding already processed would stifle creativity and reduce the possibilities of unique drum sounds.

I can't recommend this enough, even after I've seen negative reviews and talk of people 'getting bored' quickly. It's not meant to be a complicated device, appreciate it for what it is. It's amazing there's a decent sequencer on board with the price also
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