List of Microtonal Software Plugins

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A plugin is a software synthesizer which can be accessed within a DAW. Usually the plugin is loaded on a MIDI track.

Instrument plugins interface with your DAW through one of a handful of standards. Steinberg's VST is a standard supported by many DAWs. AudioUnit (AU) is widely supported on Mac computers. RTAS is used by ProTools. LV2 is an open-source plugin format commonly supported on Linux. Put simply, you should check your DAW's user manual to see what kind of plugins you can run.

In some synths portamento/glide doesn't work properly when microtuned. Examples are Xfer Serum and LinPlug synths. There may be others, so it is recommended to test this function before making a purchase, if it is important for you.

"Full-keyboard microtuning" below means that the plugin is capable of any arbitrary pitch, note or frequency on any given MIDI note. This is possible via .tun format, MIDI Tuning Standard, and .scl/.kbm pairs (but not .scl support on its own).

Synths to add: all Homegrown Sounds synths, samplv1, padthv1, xen-arts

Name Description Platform Tuning ability Tuning method Cost
amsynth Subtractive / virtual analog Linux/Mac Full-keyboard microtuning scl/kbm file import Free
ACE (Any Cable Everywhere) Semi-modular softsynth Windows/Mac/Linux Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import €69
Applied Acoustics Chromaphone 2 Physical modelled percussion Windows/Mac,

VST/AU/AAX/RTAS

Partial Scala support (keyboard mappings are missing) scl file import $199
Applied Acoustics Lounge Lizard EP-4 Physical modelled electric piano Windows/Mac,

VST/AU/AAX/RTAS

Partial Scala support (keyboard mappings are missing) scl file import $199
Applied Acoustics String Studio VS-2 Physical modelled strings Windows/Mac,

VST/AU/AAX/RTAS

Partial Scala support (keyboard mappings are missing) scl file import $199
Applied Acoustics Ultra Analog VA-2 Virtual analog Windows/Mac,

VST/AU/AAX/RTAS

Partial Scala support (keyboard mappings are missing) scl file import $199
Big Tick Angelina Vocal formant synthesizer Windows, VST (32-bit) Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import Free
Big Tick Rhino Hybrid FM Windows/Mac,

VST/AU

Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import $99
Cakewalk Dimension Pro Combines real instruments with advanced synthesis Windows/Mac,

VST/AU/AAX

Full-keyboard microtuning scl file import comes with SONAR Platinum
Cakewalk Rapture Pro Multisample synthesizer Windows/Mac,

VST/AU/AAX

Full-keyboard microtuning scl file import $149
Cakewalk Z3TA+2 Waveshaping synthesizer Windows/Mac,

VST/AU/AAX

Full-keyboard microtuning scl file import $99
Camel Audio Alchemy 1.x Additive synthesizer/spectral sampler Windows/Mac, VST/AU/RTAS Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import Discontinued
Camel Audio Alchemy 2 and above Additive synthesizer/spectral sampler Logic Pro X bundled plugin Limited to 12 note scales, each note ±100 cents from 12-edo Via Logic Pro settings Now part of Apple Logic Pro X
FB-3300 / FB-3200 / FB-3100 Virtual analog synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU Limited to 12 note scales, each note ±100 cents from 12-edo User input, some presets Free
Garritan Personal Orchestra 4 Sample-based orchestra library Windows/Mac,

VST/other?

Supposedly full-keyboard microtuning, though nonoctave scales are buggy scl/kbm file import $149.95
Humanoid Sound Systems Enzyme Scanned synthesis Windows/Mac,

VST/AU

Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import $79.99
kv331audio Synthmaster and Synthmaster One Flexible semi-modular synthesizer Windows/Mac,

VST/AU/AAX

? probably scl file import $79

$69

Imageline Harmor Additive synthesizer Windows only, VST/standalone Partial Scala support (keyboard mappings are missing) scl file import

(cannot adjust reference frequency properly)

€139
Ivor2 Subtractive Synthesis Windows VST. 32-bit. Has ceased development. Full-keyboard microtuning MIDI Tuning Standard (MTS) Free
Key Tuner JSFX Script MIDI note retuning Runs in ReaJS in Reaper Full-keyboard microtuning scl file import Free
KORG Legacy Collection M1 Retro Wavetable / Sampler Windows/Mac, VST/AU/RTAS Limited to 12 note scales, each note ±99 cents from 12-edo User input, some presets 49.99 USD (199.99 USD for 6 instrument Legacy Collection bundle)
KORG Legacy Collection Mono/Poly Virtual Analog Synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU/RTAS Limited to 12 note scales, each note ±99 cents from 12-edo User input, some presets 49.99 USD (199.99 USD for 6 instrument Legacy Collection bundle)
LinPlug Alpha Subtractive synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import Discontinued
LinPlug CRX4 Sample manipulation synth Windows/Mac, VST/AU Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import $99
LinPlug MorphoX Subtractive synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU (and Mac-only RTAS) Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import $129, €99
LinPlug Octopus Modulation synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import Discontinued
LinPlug Organ 3 Organ emulation Windows/Mac, VST/AU (and Mac-only RTAS) Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import Discontinued
LinPlug SaxLab Saxophone emulation Windows/Mac, VST/AU (and Mac-only RTAS) Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import $99, €79
LinPlug Spectral Additive/subtractive synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import $149, €119
Madrona Labs Aalto Semi-modular synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU Full-keyboard microtuning scl file import $99
Madrona Labs Kaivo Semi modular synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU Full-keyboard microtuning scl file import $129
Madrona Labs Virta Sound-controlled synthesizer and effects Windows/Mac, VST/AU Full-keyboard microtuning scl file import $89
Mark Henning AnaMark Virtual analog/modulation synthesizer Windows, VST Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import Free
Microtonal Polyphonic Shiny Dirt Based on circuit-bent analog synths Windows (32-bit, but works on 64-bit). Easy to use, robust, good for beginners. Full-keyboard microtuning .mts file import, 5000+ tuning files included, easy to add more Free
Microtonal Poly Worms VST, virtual analog Windows (32-bit, but works on 64-bit). Easy to use, robust, good for beginners. Full-keyboard microtuning .mts file import, 5000+ tuning files included, easy to add more Free
Modartt Pianoteq Physical-modeled piano Windows/Mac/Linux, VST/AU/RTAS/standalone Full-keyboard microtuning scl/kbm file import €249-€399
Native Instruments Absynth Virtual modular subtractive synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/standalone Full-keyboard microtuning gly file import $199
Native Instruments FM8 FM synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU/RTAS/AAX Limited to 12 note scales, each note ±50 cents from 12-edo User input $199
Native Instruments Kontakt 5 Sampler Windows/Mac, VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/standalone Full-keyboard microtuning Kontakt script $399
Plogue Alter/Ego real-time singing synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/standalone Full-keyboard microtuning scl file import Free
Plogue chipsounds Emulation of classic arcade/console sound chips Windows/Mac, VST/AU/RTAS/AAX Full-keyboard microtuning

(IIRC buggy with nonoctave scales)

scl/kbm file import $95
Plogue Sforzando Sampler, .sfz soundfont format Windows/Mac, VST/AU/RTAS/AAX/standalone Limited to 12 note scales scl/kbm file import Free
PolyGAS Granular synthesis Windows, VST Full-keyboard microtuning scl/tun file import Free
Reveal Sound Spire Subtractive synthesizer with flexible oscillators Windows/Mac, VST/AU/AAX, 32/64 bit Full-keyboard microtuning scl file import with adjustable reference pitch $189
Simple Microtonal Synth (64-bit)

Simple Microtonal Synth (32-bit)

VST, virtual analog Windows. The easiest to use microtonal soft synth. Robust, good for beginners, but experienced users will likely dig it. Full-keyboard microtuning .mts files (5378 included) Free
Spectrasonics Omnisphere Rompler/synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU/RTAS/AAX Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import $499, €379
SynthFontVSTi Soundfont player (sf2, sfz, sfark, gig, dls, etc.) Windows, VST Limited to 12 note scales Manual entry or choose from a list Free
synthv1 Subtractive polyphonic Linux, Standalone/LV2 plugin Full-keyboard microtuning scl/kbm file import Free
TAL BassLine-101 Virtual analog synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU/AAX Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import €55,80
TAL Sampler Sampler/Synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU/AAX Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import $60
TAL U-NO-LX Virtual analog synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU/AAX Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import €55,80
u-he ACE Virtual modular analog synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import €69
u-he Bazille Virtual modular synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU/AAX Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import $129
u-he Diva Virtual analog synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU/AAX Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import $179
u-he Zebra Various synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU (and Mac-only RTAS) Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import $199
UVI Falcon Hybrid synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU/AAX Full-keyboard microtuning scl/kbm file import €349
VAZ Modular Virtual modular synthesizer Windows, VST/standalone Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import £129.99
VAZ Plus Virtual analog synthesizer Windows, VST/standalone Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import £14.99
Vogue MK2 Virtual analog and wavetable Mac Standalone Full-keyboard microtuning MTX Free
Virtual CZ Virtual emulation of classic digital synthesizer Windows/Mac, VST/AU/AAX Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import €70
Xen-FMTS 2 FM synthesis Windows VST. 32-bit. Has ceased development. .MTS files Doesn't hold tuning and reverts to 12-TET in DAW when closed sometimes. Free
Xfer Serum Wavetable synthesizer Windows, OSX, VST/AU/AAX 32/64-bit Full-keyboard microtuning tun file import $189
Zyn-Fusion Various synthesizer Windows/Linux, VST/standalone Full-keyboard microtuning Direct input of values, or import

scl/kbm file

Free if compiling from source or if installed from KxStudio Linux repo.

$45+ for pre-compiled Windows binary.

ZynAddSubFX Various synthesizer Windows/Linux, VST/standalone Full-keyboard microtuning Direct input of values, or import

scl/kbm file

Free