Incoming: Arturia DrumBrute

2016 turned out to be the year of the affordable analogue poly synth and the affordable analogue drum machine! Wish it had happened twenty years ago.

I’d had my eye on the MFB Tanzbar since it came out. It sounds fantastic but the price and apparently iffy build quality put me off. Thankfully I waited, and in November Arturia hit the market with the first of what will hopefully be a new generation of cheaper analogue machines.

It just arrived today. I haven’t tried it much yet, but there’s plenty to work with. In a straight shootout, I think I’d still prefer the Tanzbar sounds, but the DrumBrute looks much more versatile. The pads and easy-to-use sequencer set it apart too. Brilliant design.