There is no denying the Matrixbrute’s vintage appeal with wood ends and ability to raise the front panel, giving it a Model D look, but there is certainly 30+ years of advancement under the hood.
We are always enthused by instruments that allow for those with beginner skills on keyboards to still produce musical output, it is one trait that many starting out in the field of electronic musicians should look for. Here lies one of the Matrixbrute's strongest feature. Musical output starts on your first key press and it was our first key press that we discovered the might of this instrument.
The grid in the centre of the front panel allows for preset selection, sequence programming / editing and patching of control sources to destinations, it doesn't take long for the music and sound design to start, even for the novice.
It's price suggests investment, but we think that is returned very quickly with it's short learning curve. It suits established keyboardists looking for a unique instrument for their leads, but at the same time we don't think it is out of reach for a beginner who wants to synthesise and create music parts with limited ability.
The look and feel allude to complexity, but Arturia have thought this keyboard out extremely well and within an hour of use it's simplicity hits home.
It may very well be a modern classic!