Touch this: Arturia MicroFreak - review & jam
When I first heard of the MicroFreak I was very excited about this feature-packed hybrid synth from Arturia. In my review, I take a comparative look on the sound engine and summarize my first 4 weeks of experience. In the arpeggiator jam (starting at 8:35) I go through the first 4 oscillator models of the Freak in the following order: Basic Waves, Wavetable, Harmonic, Superwave. For each of the four sounds I tried to focus on different aspects of the sound engine and I tried to use only little FX from the Line 6 M5 (Ping Pong Delay). This could be achieved through Midi Control of the effect strength with a foot pedal. Because the Freak has no pedal input I had to use additional devices from my Midi zoo (QuNexus & Kenton USB Midi host). Because the oscillator models have different basic volume levels and the Freak does not provide a storable gain parameter for adaptation, I raised the volume of the first 3 parts in an audio editor after the jam. Because Arturia seems to eagerly support the Freak with firmware updates I don't want to put to much emphasis on minor flaws, like the display which switches automatically off when not using the knobs or the polytouch detection which is still not optimal. I adjusted the pressure sensitivity to 80% with logarithmic characteristics which worked best for me so far but perhaps some additional user calibration (option) might be helpful anyway. For further details ask me in the comments and don't forget to subscribe!