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Arturia - 20 Years Of Software & Hardware | Podcast

Behind The Brand By Sam Inglis
Published November 2020
Arturia President Frédéric BrunArturia President Frédéric Brun

Arturia President Frédéric Brun looks back over the French company's 20‑year history and describes the development of instruments such as the ambitious Origin, the best-selling MiniBrute, and the mighty MatrixBrute and PolyBrute.

Show Notes


Arturia StormArturia Storm00:00 - Introduction

00:43 - Education and Beginnings

02:35 - Developing The First Product, Storm

04:35 - Making Music Tech More Accessible

06:52 - The Challenges Of Selling Early Software Products

Arturia Moog Modular virtual instrument.Arturia Moog Modular virtual instrument09:04 - Recreating Classic Synths in Software

11:43 - Important Moments in Arturia's History

14:11 - Making Soft Synths For iOS

16:48 - The Move Into Hardware Instruments

18:38 - Origin Modular System

20:33 - Developing The MiniBrute

Arturia PolyBruteArturia PolyBrute23:08 - The Steiner-Parker Filter 

25:05 - MatrixBrute and PolyBrute

27:37 - Breaking into the Interface Market

31:14 - Creating Tactile Instruments

34:10 - The Future Of Arturia

35:52 - Utilising New Technology

36:57 - Developing For The End User

38:39 - Ending






Arturia - Biog

Co-founded by Frédéric Brun and Gilles Pommereuil and based in the French city of Grenoble, Arturia have built on their roots as pioneering developers of virtual instruments to become one of the world's leading manufacturers of analogue, digital and software synthesizers, controller keyboards and audio interfaces.

2003 saw the release of their first software synth, the Modular V followed by the DX7, ARP 2600, Oberheim OB‑X, Buchla, Jupiter 8 and many more classic synths developed using True Analog Emulation (TAE), an advanced proprietary technology allowing accurate modelling of analogue circuitry behaviour.

In 2009 Arturia moved into hardware with the introduction of Origin, a very ambitious synthesizer, and continued inventing new products launching the first of the Brute line in 2012. MiniBrute instantly became a landmark in the industry and was followed by the MicroBrute, DrumBrute, MatrixBrute and their latest keyboard synthesizer, the PolyBrute. Along the way they also launched the popular KeyStep and KeyLab controller keyboards and more recently branched out into audio interfaces, with their AudioFuse range.

Co-founders of Arturia.Co-founders of Arturia: Frédéric Brun and Gilles Pommereuil

SOS Editor In Chief Sam InglisInterviewer: Sam Inglis - Biog

Editor In Chief Sam Inglis has been with Sound On Sound for more than 20 years. He is a recording engineer, producer, songwriter and folk musician who studies the traditional songs of England and Scotland, and the author of two books: Neil Young's Harvest (Bloomsbury, 2003) and Teach Yourself Songwriting (Hodder, 2006).

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