I was eyeballing the original Arturia Microfreak synthesizer for a while. For three hundred dollars it’s a pretty unique and fun little synthesizer. Now, Arturia released a Vocoder edition of their succesful Microfreak.
This means you can have crazy synthesis and modulate your voice a la Daft Punk on top of it.
What is the Microfreak Vocoder?
The Vocoder edition comes in a white finish and includes a gooseneck microphone that you can use on the Microfreak’s Vocoder engine. The new Vocoder engine (also available for existing Microfreak users) has different modes for you to affect your voice, or any other audio source.
Microfreak Vocoder Features
- Synthesizer with 256 preset slots and 224 factory presets
- 14 Digital oscillator with variable mode, including Mutable Instruments Plaits engines and new Vocoder mode
- Analog State Variable Filter, 12dB/octave, resonant, Low Pass, Band Pass, High Pass
- ADSR envelope
- Cycling Envelope offering two modes
- LFO with Sync: Sine, Tri, Saw, Square, Random, Slew Random
- Modulation matrix with 5 sources and 7 destinations (3 custom destinations)
- Monophonic or Paraphonic modes – Up to 4 voices
- Chord mode lets you program a chord shape and play it on any note
- Scale Quantize lets you set a specific scale for the white notes to simplify the creative process
- 25-key capacitive keybed with polyphonic aftertouch
- Capacitive touch strip
- Crisp OLED display for editing and parameter values
- Powerful arpeggiator
- Up, Order, Random, Pattern modes
- Spice & Dice Gate randomizers
- 64-step sequencer
- 2 patterns per preset
- 4 automation tracks per preset
- CV / Gate / Mod outputs
- USB, Clock and MIDI in and out
- 6.35mm master and 3.5mm headphone output
Pricing and Availability
The Arturia Microfreak Vocoder Edition is available in a limited run on the official Arturia website and select retailers worldwide for around three hundred bucks.