List of Microtonal VST Synths and Plugins

To easily make microtonal music in Ableton Live, or other DAW’s, I find it’s best to use third party VST’s that support Scala files. That way you can pick your tuning and write new parts in that temperament/tuning.  I compiled a list of my favorite microtonal VST’s, synths, AU’s, and plugins. There are more synths out there, but these are my favorite.

You will also see a few rows that are highlighted green. These synths are my all-time favorite for working with Microtonal music.

If you have suggestions, please comment below. I would love to check them out and maybe add them to the list. If you are interested in learning more about tuning instruments in Ableton Live and microtonal music, then check out my article on Microtonal Music in Ableton Live. 


  1. Darrow January 19, 2017 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Awesome! Thanks so much for this article, it’s super helpful!

    • Subaqueous March 28, 2017 at 11:15 am - Reply

      Your welcome and glad to help!

  2. GalacticGoat February 2, 2018 at 8:25 am - Reply

    Has anyone created a Microtonal effects Plugin (not softsynth) that uses preset scala files but incrementally adjusts the pitch across the keyboard of whatever synth it’s effecting?

    • Subaqueous February 12, 2018 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      I have tried. I worked with 2 M4L people and it feel through. I would even pay someone to upfront the cost to make it for ya’ll 😉

  3. Exodust June 12, 2018 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Thought I’d let you know, NI Absynth *can* take .gly tuning files, which seem specific to just Absynth, for full microtuning. I found out just by going through the “show synth” list in Scala.

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