The PolyBrute’s firmware is its operating system, much like the operating system on your computer.
The term “firmware” typically describes code that runs on custom hardware designed for a particular purpose (like a synthesizer), as opposed to software, which runs on a general-purpose computer designed to do many things.
There are two ways to see which firmware version is currently running.
The most convenient is to use the PolyBrute Connect editor-librarian software, which is a free download for all registered PolyBrute users. First, make sure your PolyBrute is connected to your computer via USB, and that you have the latest version of PolyBrute Connect.
Click the FW Update button towards the lower right corner of the window.
It will automatically connect to Arturia’s servers and compare the latest available version with the current version in your PolyBrute, like so:
On the PolyBrute, press Settings, then button 8 (Misc.), then button 6.
If the latest version is more recent than your current version, the top panel in the window shown above will display it. Simply click Upgrade to Latest.
Alternatively, if you’ve already downloaded the firmware file onto your computer, you can click Upgrade from File as shown above, then navigate to the file in the dialogue box that will pop up. Choose the file, and the process will begin.
Never disconnect the USB cable between the PolyBrute and computer, or power the PolyBrute off, while a firmware update is in process.
After the progress bar reaches 100%, your PolyBrute will reboot automatically and be ready to play.
If you don’t already have a My Arturia account, create one here and sign in. Click Register New Product on the next page. You will be prompted to enter the serial number of your PolyBrute, which is shown on a card enclosed in the box, and on a sticker on the bottom of the synthesizer.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us.