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Privately Held Corporation
Industry Software and hardware for musical performance and production
Founded 1999 in Grenoble
Founders Frédéric Brun, Gilles Pommereuil
Headquarters Grenoble
  • Software synthesizers
  • Analog synthesizers
  • Midi keyboards
  • Controllers
  • Audio interfaces
Number of employees

Arturia is an electronics company founded in 1999 and based in Grenoble, France. The company designs and manufactures electronic musical instruments, including software synthesizers, drum machines, analog synthesizers, MIDI controllers and sequencers, and mobile apps.[1]


Arturia was founded in 1999 in Grenoble by INPG engineers Frédéric Brun and Gilles Pommereuil to create affordable software synthesizers. The first product they developed was Storm, a virtual instrument workstation.[2] The close emulation of classic analog synthesizers helped the company gain popularity in its market.[3] In order to create sounds with minimal digital artifacts, Brun and Pommereuil developed new software algorithms to eliminate these issues.[4]

In 2003, using the algorithms they had developed, Arturia worked with Robert Moog to create the Modular V softsynth. The Modular V uses Arturia's True Analog Emulation (TAE) in an attempt to faithfully reproduce the oscillators, filters, and other modules from the Moog 3C and Moog 55.[4][5] Following these releases, Arturia continued to develop software emulations of well known synthesizers, including the ARP 2600, Roland Jupiter-8, Minimoog, and Sequential Circuits Prophet-5.

In 2007, Arturia combined sounds from several of their softsynth titles into Analog Factory, which offered 2000 preset synthesizer patches,[6] offering this the following year as Analog Experience, a hybrid system which combined the software with a MIDI keyboard controller specifically designed to play and control it.[7]

Arturia entered the hardware synthesizer market in 2012 with the MiniBrute, a vintage-style 25-key monophonic analog synthesizer with one voltage controlled oscillator, two low-frequency oscillators, and a multimode Steiner-Parker filter.[8] The synthesizer was introduced at the 2012 NAMM Show.[9] Despite pre-production uncertainty about sales, the MiniBrute sold well due to its low price point and expressive sound.[10] In the following year, Arturia announced their next hardware synthesizer, the MicroBrute, a smaller and less expensive version of the MiniBrute with minikeys, a patch bank, and a sequencer.[11] Both synthesizers received critical acclaim.[10]


In 2015, exports to the United States, Japan, and Northern Europe accounted for 90% of Arturia's revenue.[3]


The company's product line includes software synthesizers, software bundles, hardware synthesizers and sequencers, mobile apps, and other audio equipment and controllers.



  1. ^ ”Arturia”, Music Trades Magazine, December 2014, p. 92
  2. ^ Courdavault, Adrien (19 January 2015). "Meet the programmers: Arturia" (Interview). MusicRadar. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Arturia - Musical Instruments Herstellerprofil" (in German). Bonedo. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Pommereuil, Gilles (2 January 2005). "Gilles Pommereuil" (Interview). Interview with Cyril Colom. Mixound. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Arturia Moog Modular V". Vintage Synth Explorer. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Walden, John (January 2007). "Arturia Analog Factory". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Reid, Simon (July 2008). "Arturia Analog Factory Experience". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Arturia MiniBrute". Vintage Synth Explorer. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Rogerson, Ben (19 January 2012). "NAMM 2012: Arturia Minibrute analogue synth announced". MusicRadar. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Reid, Gordon (February 2014). "Arturia MicroBrute". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  11. ^ Rogerson, Ben (21 October 2013). "Arturia teases new analogue synth; MicroBrute images leaked". MusicRadar. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 

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