Arturia Polybrute 2.0 ‘Soundshaper Update’ Adds Duophonic Aftertouch, New Effects and More

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Arturia have updated their flagship polyphonic analog synth Polybrute’s firmware to version 2.0. This ‘Soundshaper Update’ is a free download for all Polybrute owners and brings plenty of new features and enhancements to what was already a feature-packed instrument.

New Polybrute firmware 2.0 features include:

New EQ & Ensemble Effects
Shape the final stage of your patch with one of 7 EQ shapes in a new 4th FX slot, and expand & enrich PolyBrute’s stereo field with a 3-delay Ensemble effect inspired by vintage studio gear.

Synth Accuracy
Inject further degrees of imperfection and randomness to parameters beyond pitch; adjust the accuracy of controls like OSC pulse width, filter settings, unquantized LFO rate and more for a humanized feel.

Chord Mode
PolyBrute now incorporates our instant-access Chord mode for playing chords with a single note on the keyboard. Simply hold ‘Polyphony’ and play up to 6 notes to set your chord voicing.

Duophonic Aftertouch
PolyBrute’s aftertouch expressivity can now be tailored to suit your performance style. Configure Aftertouch to only apply to the last note or group of notes you press, leaving previously held notes unchanged.

Set PolyBrute’s third LFO curve to respond differently for further modulation control within your patch. Rise or fall, exponential or logarithmic, the shape of this LFO is entirely yours to mould.

Real-time Display Feedback
PolyBrute’s screen now displays parameter names and values in real-time, so you can focus better on your patch and stay on top of every little sonic tweak.

We spent some time with Arturia’s Polybrute when it launched at the end of 2020 and were blown away by its sonic capabilities, expressiveness and innovative features like morphing. It’s great to see Arturia continue to enhance their flagship synth with firmware updates such as this one. It’s bound to make existing owners happy, and also make an already enticing synth all the more desirable for everyone else.

Polybrute firmware 2.0 can be downloaded for free via Arturia’s website.

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