Arturia Microfreak

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Manufacturer's ID: 570101

Arturia's stunning "Experimental Hybrid Synth"


A digital synth like no other, MicroFreak is a peculiar, exceptional instrument that rewards the curious musician. It blends wavetable and digital oscillators with analog filters. It features a unique poly-aftertouch flat keyboard. It adds controlled randomness to sequences. This isn’t a revolution, it’s a mutiny

The best of both worlds

Inspired by the trailblazing 12-dB Oberheim SEM filter, you can make MicroFreak’s filter scream or whisper to taste. The filter is state-variable, and can even auto-oscillate! You can use this is any way you like, from taking the edge of the razor-sharp wavetable sounds, or automating the cutoff by modulating it with keyboard pressure or the in-built sequencer.

Wait. Did we mention that MicroFreak has a sequencer? And a mod matrix? Things are about to get seriously interesting...

Taste the spice, throw the dice

Record up to four automations, edit notes per step or use the innovative Spice and Dice se-quencer functions to find happy accidents. Add randomization to create evolving, original pat-terns, and virtually rewire and reconfigure its signal chain and controls with the 5x7 modulation matrix

“That’s a funny looking keyboard”

That’s right, it is. It isn’t really even a keyboard. It’s a PCB. Super-flat, with no moving parts.

Will it track lightning-fast synth solos? You bet. Better than a traditional keyboard, actually.

Will it let you be expressive? Of course, it’s not only pressure sensitive, but also offers poly-after-touch. This means each key can control parameters in a different way depending on how much you touch.

You can also use its USB, MIDI, and CV outputs to control instruments in your DAW and modular synths. This also means that you can also use MicroFreak as a controller to experience polyphonic aftertouch with cutting edge software instruments.

Standout Features
  • Wavetable and digital oscillators
  • Analog filters
  • Huge variety of sound possibilities
  • Poly-aftertouch flat keyboard
  • Arpeggiator and sequencer
  • 128 factory presets and space for 64 user sounds
  • Crystal-clear OLED screen
  • 5x7 modulation matrix
  • Paraphonic mode
  • Collaboration with Mutable Instruments
  • USB, MIDI, and CV outputs
  • Use MicroFreak as a controller to experience polyphonic aftertouch

Firmware Update V4.0 introduces the following features:

  • New WaveUser sound engine
  • Allows for user wavetables
  • 64-new presets
  • Sequencer Unison & Chord Voices
  • Faster Oscillator Encoder Response

Customer reviews

Overall Rating 5/5 (7 reviews)

Jade W. - 15/8/2023

its amazing, its better than my abilities!

james m. - 1/7/2023

A great piece of kit and massive sound for such a small device

Kris T. - 25/5/2022

A very interesting addition to my collection. Different and fun

Greg B. - 21/7/2021

Great piece of equipment. Easy to use with plenty to learn. Innovative features. Excellent form factor and build quality. The best synth at this price.

Louis J. - 10/5/2021

This is my fifth synth since getting hooked over the lockdown. It is unique and an absolute joy to use. For the price it packs a lot of great features. I especially like the modulation matrix, which really encourages experimentation and develops a much stronger understanding of how modulation works. The arpeggiator and sequencer are another outstanding feature of this synth, you can completely lose yourself using the spice and dice functions to develop some complex and really cool melodies. The capacitive keyboard takes a bit of getting used to, but is great fun and has endless potential for generating some unique and interesting sounds. There ar so many great things about this synth, but the last thing I would like to mention is that it can be powered off USB. This was important for me as I want to be able to use this synth as part of a busking setup. For the price you won't find a better synth.

Jonathan W. - 7/5/2021

A very interesting synth. Easy to use, with a shed load of presets. What more could you want at this price?

neil w. - 19/6/2019

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