Designing an open-ended instrument is a complex challenge. Open ended means flexible, and the more flexible an instrument is, the more complex it can become. It's a designer's role to strike the perfect balance. To deliver an inspiring instrument that allows creative expression, and at the same time make it easy enough to learn and memorize.

In this deep dive conversation Sébastien Rochard, senior product manager at Arturia, shares his design process. Analyzing various sketches and prototypes of the Microfreak and Minibrute II, and even revealing a cardboard prototype (scroll down 👀).

Instrument in discussion

Sketches & prototypes

Cardboard prototype // Microfreak // Arturia
Cardboard prototype // Microfreak // Arturia
Early design // Microfreak // Arturia
Early design // Microfreak // Arturia
Early design // Microfreak // Arturia
Early design // Microfreak // Arturia
Final layout // Microfreak // Arturia
Final layout // Microfreak // Arturia