Wow! According to several leaks, Arturia is just about to announce an exciting expansion to its MicroFreak line: MicroFreak Vocoder!
Streetwise Sales & Marketing has a product page of a new MicroFreak version featuring a gooseneck mic. Apparently the Vocoder Engine appears as a new oscillator and features 3 waveforms (sawtooth, pulse width and noise) on the Wave knob while Timbre and Shape adjust the response of the 16 frequency bands. There are also a bunch of presets to give you instant access to all your old disco and sci-fi favourites.
The MicroFreak Vocoder Edition gets a new lighter paint job and a swan motif across the central strip. I guess this is a reference to the gooseneck microphone – so why not use a goose? Anyway, the gooseneck microphone is quite a striking new addition to the MicroFreak. The page says that it plugs into the headphone socket which seems odd but Arturia must have rewired it to accept an input. You still have access to the headphones via a pass-through.
Overall, this looks pretty exciting!
There’s no official word from Arturia on the release of this product or, more importantly, no videos or sound demos which we are aching to hear. Leaks are also turning up on forums and Reddit. Could this be a revolutionary addition to this quirky little synth or will it be another attempt at nostalgia that no one knows quite what to do with? We will see. As soon as we get any details from Arturia we’ll let you know.