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Arturia has released DrumBrute, an analog drum machine, designed to live performances. With a built-in sequencer, several sound editing options, and extensive connectivity, it’s an excellent choice for musicians and performers.

The machine comes with 17 drum and percussion instruments: two kicks, snare, clap, rim, clave, open hi-hat, closed hi-hat, hi tom, low tom, hi conga, low conga, maraca, cymbal, reverse cymbal, tambourine and zap.

As a standard drum machine, each instrument is set vertically on separate lanes, with a correspondent pad and independent controls, such as level, decay, pitch and tone. In some instruments, there is a Type button, which will toggle between two drum parts (such as rim/claves, tom/conga, maraca/tambourine, cymbal and reverse cymbal).

At the left, there is a Metronome function, with dedicated on/off button and volume knob. It’s possible to solo or mute any part.


DrumBrute comes with an Output filter so that the user can apply cutoff and resonance parameters to the overall sound. Two filter types are available: LPF and HPF. The LPF is set by default, and pressing the HPF button will switch the filter accordingly. A Bypass button is also available in the Filter section.

DrumBrute has a built-in sequencer that can operate both as a 64-step and a real-time sequencer. At the top left, there’s a display that will show the tempo (in BPM) and also can show some Pattern values when selected. There’s also a transport panel, and a Sync button to switch between various sync modes.

There are buttons to select DrumBrute modes (Song, Bank, Pattern, Step and Accent). Accent is an interesting feature, where it’s possible to change the velocity of any part in a pattern.

As any vintage drum machine, the unit comes with sixteen step buttons, so that it is easy to create and modify a pattern.

The Pattern Effects section has Swing and Randomness knobs; the first one will add a shuffle effect, that can affect the whole pattern or just the current track. Randomness will change sounds and parameters randomly, and can also affect either the whole pattern or a particular track.

The Step Repeat section will work in the Roller function (in recording mode), in Looper (in playback mode), or in Step Repeat (in step mode).

The polyrhythm function is an interesting feature, where it’s possible to loop each instrument independently, with different time signatures.


The rear panel shows a power switch, a DC power connector, and USB port. There are Midi In/Out, Clock In/Out jacks, allowing several sync options, and also 11 individual instrument outputs and a dedicated metronome output. The unit also has a Mix Output jack and a Headphones output section, with an independent volume control and both 3.5mm and 1/4″ jacks.


– 17 analog drum sounds;

– Several controls for creating unique sounds;

– Separate accent function;

– Swing and Randomness pattern effects;

– Steiner-Parker output filter;

– Multiple sync options;

– Individual audio outputs;

–  Independent Headphone output;

– Polyrhythm feature.

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