The latest firmware update for Arturia’s PolyBrute synthesizer brings with it a range of new features including additional effects, improved routing, new tuning and layering modes and more.
Keen sound designers will be pleased to hear that the instrument’s existing delay reverb and modulation effects are now joined by a Distortion category, which houses a total of seven new processing modes: Subtle Tape, Classic Distortion, Soft Clip, Worn Out Tape, Germanium, BitCrusher, and DownSample. The onboard effects routing capabilities have been extended, too, with users able to re-order their signal chain in both Insert and Send modes.
A wider range of tuning options are also available which allow for deeper control over the tuning of individual oscillators along with new keyboard transposition options. A new Stereo Layer mode has been added, making it possible to assign voices to the left and right output channels to increase the width of the PolyBrute’s sounds. The library has also been reworked, and comes loaded with over 350 new presets that take advantage of the enhanced functionality and showcase the new effects and layering mode.
Arturia say that communication between the synthesizer and its software counterpart — which has been updated to accommodate the new features — is now quicker and more intuitive. The firmware also implements numerous fixes and much-requested additions, such as the instrument reloading the most recently saved preset on startup, to more features and parameters being displayed on-screen in real-time.
The version 3.0 firmware is available to download now, and is free to all PolyBrute owners.