i know this has already been mentioned in this thread
and in this thread
, but i think it might be worth a thread of its own:
on his minibrute hacking site, yves has explained how you can easily switch any minibrute between the regular brute's arpeggiator and the se's sequencer
just by sending a short sysex string:
Except for the external look, the only difference between a vanilla and a SE depends on a small string of commands written to the EPROM of the microprocessor. The hardware and the firmware (220.127.116.11 or greater) are the same. Therefore in order to have your machine behaving like a vanilla or SE it's up to you to send a short SysEx command to your MiniBrute. [...]
Vanilla to SE
Here is the SysEx command: F0 00 20 6B 04 01 75 01 3E 01 F7
SE to vanilla
Here is the SysEx command: F0 00 20 6B 04 01 46 01 3E 00 F7
apparently, you have to reboot your brute after sending one of those commands, and that's it.
i can't try this myself, as i sold my mini some time ago and got two micros instead - but this might make me get a mini again...