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Arturia is a French electronics company founded in 1999 and based in Grenoble, France. The company designs and manufactures electronic musical instruments, including software synthesizers, drum machines, analog synthesizers, MIDI controllers, sequencers, and mobile apps.[1]

Arturia
Privately Held Corporation
IndustrySoftware and hardware for musical performance and production
Founded1999 in Grenoble
FoundersFrédéric Brun, Gilles Pommereuil
HeadquartersGrenoble
Products
  • Software synthesizers
  • Analog synthesizers
  • Midi keyboards
  • Controllers
  • Audio interfaces
Number of employees
80
Websitearturia.com

HistoryEdit

Arturia was founded in 1999 in Grenoble by INPG engineers Frédéric Brun and Gilles Pommereuil to create affordable software synthesizers. The first product they developed was Storm, a virtual instrument workstation.[2] The close emulation of classic analog synthesizers helped the company gain popularity in its market.[3] In order to create sounds with minimal digital artifacts, Brun and Pommereuil developed new software algorithms to eliminate these issues.[4]

In 2003, using the algorithms they had developed, Arturia worked with Robert Moog to create the Modular V softsynth. The Modular V uses Arturia's True Analog Emulation (TAE) in an attempt to faithfully reproduce the oscillators, filters, and other modules from the Moog 3C and Moog 55.[4][5] Following these releases, Arturia continued to develop software emulations of well known synthesizers, including the ARP 2600, Roland Jupiter-8, Minimoog, and Sequential Circuits Prophet-5.

In 2007, Arturia combined sounds from several of their softsynth titles into Analog Factory, which offered 2000 preset synthesizer patches,[6] offering this the following year as Analog Experience, a hybrid system which combined the software with a MIDI keyboard controller specifically designed to play and control it.[7]

Arturia entered the hardware synthesizer market in 2012 with the MiniBrute, a vintage-style 25-key monophonic analog synthesizer with one voltage controlled oscillator, two low-frequency oscillators, and a multimode Steiner-Parker filter.[8] The synthesizer was introduced at the 2012 NAMM Show.[9] Despite pre-production uncertainty about sales, the MiniBrute sold well due to its low price point and expressive sound.[10] In the following year, Arturia announced their next hardware synthesizer, the MicroBrute, a smaller and less expensive version of the MiniBrute with minikeys, a patch bank, and a sequencer.[11] Both synthesizers received critical acclaim.[10] In January, 2018, they introduced MiniBrute 2. This semi-modular analog synth includes its own tiny patch bay that connects to Eurorack modular gear.[12] They also introduced the MiniBrute 2S which swaps a traditional keyboard for performance pads and a sequencer, more powerful than the MiniBrute 2, that can be recorded in real time.[13]

ProductsEdit

The company's product line includes software synthesizers, software bundles, hardware synthesizers and sequencers, mobile apps, and other audio equipment and controllers.

Software synthsEdit

In December 2018, Arturia released their very first original software synthesizer called Arturia Pigments. It has similarities to the popular VST plugin Serum, which is visualising realtime timesignatures of envelopes, filter, LFO's and wavetables .

Previous Arturia's software synths are emulations of other synthesizers, organs, and pianos, and are available to buy individually or all together in the V Collection. Arturia's Analog Lab is a collection of presets of these synths with limited sound modeling available, and comes bundled with many of their Keyboard Midi controllers, including the KeyLab MkII and KeyLab Essential series.

  • ARP2600 V[14]
  • CS-80 V[15]
  • Minimoog V[16][17]
  • Modular V
  • SEM V[18]
  • Prophet V[19][20]
  • Vox Continental V[21]
  • Farfisa V
  • Wurlitzer V[22]
  • Jupiter-8 V[23]
  • Solina V
  • Matrix-12 V
  • Stage-73 V
  • Synclavier V
  • B-3 V
  • Piano V
  • DX7 V
  • Buchla Easel V
  • Clavinet V
  • CMI V
  • Mellotron V
  • Synthi V
  • CZ V

Software EffectsEdit

  • Comp VCA-65
  • Comp FET-76
  • Comp TUBE-STA
  • Mini-Filter
  • M12-Filter
  • SEM-Filter
  • 1973-Pre
  • TridA-Pre
  • V76-Pre

Audio interfacesEdit

  • AudioFuse
  • AudioFuse Studio[24]
  • AudioFuse 8PRE

Midi controllersEdit

  • KeyStep
  • BeatStep[25]
  • BeatStep Pro
  • MiniLab MK II
  • KeyLab Essential 49
  • KeyLab Essential 61
  • KeyLab 49 MK II
  • KeyLab 61 MK II
  • KeyLab 88

Hardware synthsEdit

While Arturia is mostly known for their software synths, Arturia has recently began building hardware analog synthesizers, including their popular Brute series.

Hardware drum machinesEdit

  • DrumBrute[28]
  • DrumBrute Impact

Hybrid drum machines (Windows/Mac OS X/iOS with controller)Edit

iOS Synthesizers [31]Edit

  • iMini
  • iSem
  • iProphet

iOS drum machineEdit

  • iSpark

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ”Arturia”, Music Trades Magazine, December 2014, p. 92
  2. ^ Courdavault, Adrien (19 January 2015). "Meet the programmers: Arturia" (Interview). MusicRadar. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Arturia - Musical Instruments Herstellerprofil" (in German). Bonedo. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b Pommereuil, Gilles (2 January 2005). "Gilles Pommereuil" (Interview). Interviewed by Cyril Colom. Mixound. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Arturia Moog Modular V". Vintage Synth Explorer. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  6. ^ Walden, John (January 2007). "Arturia Analog Factory". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  7. ^ Reid, Simon (July 2008). "Arturia Analog Factory Experience". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Arturia MiniBrute". Vintage Synth Explorer. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  9. ^ Rogerson, Ben (19 January 2012). "NAMM 2012: Arturia Minibrute analogue synth announced". MusicRadar. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  10. ^ a b Reid, Gordon (February 2014). "Arturia MicroBrute". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  11. ^ Rogerson, Ben (21 October 2013). "Arturia teases new analogue synth; MicroBrute images leaked". MusicRadar. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Arturia reveal MiniBrute 2". www.soundonsound.com. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  13. ^ "Arturia's MiniBrute 2S synth replaces keys with pads and a sequencer". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. 2018-01-16. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  14. ^ "Arturia 2600V". Sound On Sound. June 2005. Archived from the original on 18 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Arturia CS80V". Sound On Sound. April 2005. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Arturia Minimoog V". Sound On Sound. March 2005. Archived from the original on 18 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Arturia Minimoog V". Sound On Sound. July 2005. Archived from the original on 18 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Arturia Oberheim SEM V". Sound On Sound. July 2012. Archived from the original on 7 June 2015.
  19. ^ "Prophet V by Arturia". Future Music. No. 175. Future Publishing. June 2006. p. 34. ISSN 0967-0378. OCLC 1032779031.
  20. ^ "Arturia Prophet V". Sound On Sound. September 2006. Archived from the original on 23 January 2015.
  21. ^ "Arturia Vox Continental V". Sound On Sound. October 2014. Archived from the original on 24 March 2015.
  22. ^ "Arturia Wurlitzer V". Sound On Sound. December 2012. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015.
  23. ^ "Arturia Jupiter 8V". Sound On Sound. July 2007. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015.
  24. ^ "Arturia AudioFuse Studio". Sound On Sound. February 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  25. ^ "Arturia Beatstep". Sound On Sound. January 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  26. ^ "Arturia MicroBrute". Sound On Sound. February 2014. Archived from the original on 23 March 2015.
  27. ^ "Arturia Origin". Sound On Sound. June 2009. Archived from the original on 7 June 2015.
  28. ^ "Arturia DrumBrute". Sound On Sound. December 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  29. ^ "Arturia Spark". Sound On Sound. September 2011. Archived from the original on 9 June 2015.
  30. ^ "Arturia SparkLE". Sound On Sound. August 2013. Archived from the original on 9 June 2015.
  31. ^ whisky. "Arturia - Products". www.arturia.com. Retrieved 2019-06-03.

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