Issue 93


Ableton Live 12
What’s in. What’s out. What to expect.


Analog Arturia From The Abyss

Stealth morphing polysynth with the PolyBrute Noir Edition.


13 February 2023

Introducing the limited-edition PolyBrute Noir. Rediscover the morphing analog powerhouse with a fresh Noir finish, sleek redesigned knobs, and ionised parts, culminating in a deeper, darker aesthetic straight from the abyss. A 6-voice analog synthesizer that treads new ground between sonic universes, reimagined with black-hole aesthetics. Users can morph seamlessly between sounds within sounds, discover unparalleled multi-axis expression, and push analog timbres deeper into uncharted darkness.

As part of the PolyBrute Noir’s introduction a bonus set of wooden legs, normally A$419, are available free with every PolyBrute Noir purchase.

An Expressive Dark Horse
Create dramatic sonic shifts with a single movement, explore infinite sweet spots between two sonic states, and enjoy new levels of instrument control and musicality that feels like an extension of yourself.

PolyBrute Noir’s presets exist in two simultaneous states, and the Morph control lets you sweep effortlessly between them. Adjust numerous parameters at once for huge variety within a single preset.

The Morphée Controller
An X-Y-Z controller that combines pressure with position for unique multi-axis control over your sound. Assign it to preset morphing, voice controls, sequencing randomisation – the choice is yours.

The Ribbon Controller
A resurrected synthesizer staple, modernised and positioned conveniently above PolyBrute Noir’s keybed. Assign it to your chosen modulation destination and glide effortlessly across your sonic spectrum.

The KeyboardCoupled with a premium velocity/pressure-sensitive keybed, pitch wheel and assignable mod wheel, and foot pedal controller inputs, PolyBrute Noir is a synthesizer that you won’t want to take your hands off.

Sound Shaping Paradise
PolyBrute Noir’s voice is a collision between signature Brute oscillators and dual analog filters for sounds that quickly move between the light and the dark, the familiar and the otherworldly.

The Oscillators
Start your voice right with two powerful Brute analog VCOs that generate sawtooth, triangle, and square waves simultaneously, with jagged Metalizer wave-folding, cavernous sub-oscillator, and cross-mod & sync controls right at your fingertips.

The Filters
Add colour and shape to your timbres with two classic filter designs, configurable in series, parallel, or continuously variable. The first, a Steiner 12db/octave filter with continuous slope type, enhanced with signature Brute Factor feedback; the second, the legendary 24db/octave Ladder filter for that essential low-pass smoothness, supercharged with biting distortion.


Analog Morphing Synthesizer

  • 6 voices of Polyphony
  • Mono, Unison, Poly voicing
  • Single, Split, Layer modes

61-Keys With Velocity & Aftertouch

Pitch Bend, Mod Wheel, Ribbon Controllers

Morphée Touch & Pressure Sensitive 3D Controller

Sound Morphing Capability

  • Part A and B for each preset

Two Analog VCOs

  • Saw
  • Triangle + Metalizer
  • Square + Pulse Width
  • Sub
  • Linear FM
  • Hard Sync

Noise Generator

  • Continuous tone from rumble noise to white noise

Osc & Noise Mixer With Filter Routing

12dB/Oct Steiner Parker Filter

  • Continuous LP>Notch>HP>BP morphing
  • Cutoff, Resonance, Brute Factor

24dB/Oct Ladder Filter with Distortion

Three Envelopes

  • Looping capability

Three LFOs

  • LFO1 and LFO2 with waveform selection
  • LFO3 with waveform shaping using Shape & Symmetry
  • Rate control & Tempo Sync
  • Various retrig options

Three Stereo Digital Effects

  • Modulation FX: Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Ring Modulation
  • Delay: 9 algorithms including BBD, Digital delay
  • Reverb: 9 algorithms including Hall, Plate, Spring, Shimmer

768 Preset Slots

12×32 Modulation Matrix

64 Step Polyphonic Sequencer

  • Notes, Accent, Slide per step
  • 3 tracks of automation

Arpeggiator & Matrix Arpeggiator

Stereo Audio Output

MIDI & USB i/o + Analog Clock i/o

2x Expression & 1X Sustain Pedal Inputs

Box Contents

  • PolyBrute unit
  • Power cable

Size & Weight

  • Instrument size: 972 x 378 x 110mm
  • Instrument weight: 20kg
  • Leg height: 66.5cm, with adjustable length of 10mm
  • Leg weight: 3.4kg

Stock due to arrive Mid February, 2023


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Issue 93


Ableton Live 12
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