Arturia MiniFreak

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Algorithmic Synthesiser

  • 37 Velocity-sensitive slim keys with aftertouch
  • 6-Voice polyphony
  • Two digital sound engines per voice with 22 selectable oscillator modes: Superwave, Wavetable, Karplus Strong, Noise and many more
  • Extensive modulation possibilities incl. FM, ring modulation and mutual influence of the sound engines
  • Per voice: ADSR envelope, multi-segment envelope/ LFO, two LFOs and analogue multimode filter (low-pass, band-pass, high-pass)
  • Modulation matrix with 7 sources and 13 destinations
  • 3 Effect slots (as insert or send effect) with 10 effect types
  • Performance arpeggiator with ratcheting and random functions
  • Step sequencer with 64 steps
  • Intuitive operation via OLED display and 40 rotary controls, encoders and buttons
  • Memory locations for 256 factory and 256 user presets
  • Stereo line output: 2 x 6.3 mm jack
  • Line input: 6.3 mm jack
  • Stereo headphone output: 6.3 mm jack
  • Sustain pedal input: 6.3 mm jack
  • Clock in/out and reset output: 3.5 mm jack
  • MIDI In/Out/Thru
  • USB-B port
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 578 x 231 x 55 mm
  • Weight: 2.94 kg
  • Incl. external power supply (12V DC, 1A), USB cable and MiniFreak V software (download)
Available since November 2022
Item number 553604
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Number Of Keys 37
Touch-Sensitive Yes
Aftertouch Yes
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel Yes
Number of simultaneous Voices 6
Sound Engine Digital
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out, 1x Thru
Storage Medium Internal
USB-port Yes
Effects Yes
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 2
Digital Output No
Display Yes
Pedal Connections 1x Sustain
Dimensions 578 x 231 x 55mm
Weight 2,9 kg
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Poor build quality
Shrine 19.09.2023
Recently I got my hands on my second MiniFreak. The first one got returned to Thomann because 3 of the keyboard keys were not working at all. I spent little time with that synth once I realized it's defective so I didn't pay much attention to other details. But it crossed my mind back then that quality control must be non-existent at Arturia, otherwise you won't get a synth with defective keybed approved for sale. I mean, checking the keys is the very first thing to try, so it looks like there is either no quality testing at all, or it's just someone checking if the synth powers up or not.

Anyway, I got another one recently and spent some time with it. The build quality is astonishingly poor, it's probably the worst piece of audio gear I ever had in terms of build quality. The worst part is the keyboard, all the keys have different pressure resistance, some keys feel "soft", and others feel "stiff". Based on what you are intending to play, this can be a big problem. At least all the keys are working this time, for now.

I'll keep the synth this time, I'm not returning it, but it's a little difficult to enjoy its otherwise great sound abilities while worrying about if some part of it will break down today or not.
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A powerful instrument
Mastermol 05.05.2023
It’s a very powerful and complex instrument and interface.
My pros are the infinite sound design possibilities .
I don’t have cons for the arturia minifreak or in general for the arturia products
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It's well made and good sounding.
Kamil M 11.01.2023
Stop making mini Keys !
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Incredibly fun synth, even more so if it's your first hardware unit
Max Antsiferov 24.12.2023
So this is my first hardware synth bar OP-1, and I'm having loads of fun
The modulation matrix is just insane, and the variety of sounds you can get out of this thing is incredible.
Only thing that's bothering is sometimes your fingers can reach touch-sensitive buttons above the keybed(which feels beautiful+aftertouch) while playing, triggering some FX/Sequence by accident
Very, very happy with this little machine
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