Synthesizers, samplers and sound cards with microtonal capabilities A-F

* Instruments currently in production are highlighted and marked with an asterisk "*".

Manufacturer Model(s) Instrument Type 12 note Octave Scales Full Keyboard Scales Scale resolution Tuning range per note Scales user interface Other Features
Access Virus C, Virus KC, Indigo 2, Virus Rack XL, Virus TI Desktop*, Virus TI Keyboard, Virus TIPolar virtual analog modeling synthesizer - - - - automated Hermode tuning, PureSemitones
Akai S5000, S6000 sampler 1 global - 1 cent +/-99 cents LCD panel -
Akai Z4, Z8 sampler 1 global - 1 cent +/-99 cents LCD panel -

 AlsaModularSynth

AlsaModularSynth*

software synthesizer

 0

 ?

? cent

?

SCALA .scl file

 SCALA file format supported

 Analogue Solutions

 Concussor*

analog modular synthesizer

 0

 1+ global, equal tempered only

 continuous

 not applicable

 knob

 -
Analogue Systems RS Integrator* analog modular synthesizer 0 1+ global, equal tempered only continuous not applicable knob -

 AnaMark

AnaMark*

 realtime software synthesizer

 0

 1 per instance

 floating point

 full MIDI

.tun file with extension

VST, Supports Micro Tuning Map files

Apple

Logic Pro 7, Logic Pro 8*

computer sequencing environment

?

 ?

 ?

 full MIDI

computer GUI

octave only scales?, support hermode tuning
 Aries 300 Music System, System III analog modular synthesizer 0 1 global, equal tempered only continuous not applicable knob -
Arp 2600 with Model 3601 or 3604 keyboard semi-modular analog synthesizer 0 1 global, equal tempered only continuous not applicable knob -
 Arp 2500 analog modular synthesizer 0 1 global, equal tempered only  continuous not applicable knob -
Audio Compositor Audio Compositor MIDI file renderer and realtime software synthesizer unlimited unlimited, per MIDI channel ? full MIDI for keyboard scales text file (12 note scales), MIDI Tuning Standard (full keyboard scales) Windows, no real-time MTS
Big Briar Theremin Series 91A, Etherwave theremin* analog synthesizer and controller 0 continuous pitch instrument continuous not applicable body capacitance -
 Big Briar  Ethervox MIDI Theremin*  analog synthesizer and analog/MIDI controller  0 continuous pitch instrument  continuous not applicable body capacitance  14 bit MIDI pitch bend resolution
 Big Tick Audio Software  Angelinia*, Rainbow*  realtime software synthesizer  0 unlimited, per MIDI channel 1 cent full MIDI Windows OS, .tun file format Windows, standalone or VST, supports Micro-tuning Map
 Big Tick Audio Software  Rhino*  realtime software synthesizer  0 unlimited, per MIDI channel > 0.1 cent full MIDI Windows OS, .tun file format plus Anamark extension Windows, standalone or VST, supports Micro-tuning Map

 BitHeadz

 Unity DS-1

 software sampler
 0 ?, per program  ? ? Windows or Mac

 -
 Black Cat Products  Theremin* analog synthesizer and controller 0 continuous pitch instrument continuous not applicable  body capacitance  -
Boss Dr. Synth DS-330 wavetable synthesizer 1 per part (16 parts) 0 1 cent -64, +63 cents sysex only? -
Buchla 100, Series 200, Electric Music Box (System 200), 300 analog modular synthesizer 0 1 global per touch plate keyboard

continuous
not applicable knob -
Buchla Touche, 400 hybrid digital FM/analog synthesizer 0 4 globally defined, assigned per voice

1/16 semitone
7 octaves digital touchpad/ CRT individual voices can be transposed by tuning table values
Buchla 700 hybrid digital FM/analog synthesizer 0 ?

1 cent
7 octaves digital touchpad/ CRT -
Buchla Thunder MIDI controller ? ?

?
? Touchpad and LCD panel -
Buchla 200e* analog modular synthesizer 0 1+ global, equal tempered only?

?
- knob, LCD panel -
Cakewalk Rapture*, Dimension Pro 1.2* realtime software synthesizer 0 ? ? full MIDI Mac OS or Windows, .scl file format VSTi, DXi, Audio Unit, RTAS or standalone
Camel Audio Cameleon 5000* realtime software synthesizer 0 1 global 1 cent full MIDI Mac OS or Windows, .tun file format VSTi, Audio Unit, RTAS or standalone
Celemony Melodyne 3* computer based pitch shifting tool ? ? ? full MIDI Mac OS or Windows XP ReWire, VST, RTAS, AU, standalone
Creative Labs Wave Blaster wavetable sound card expander 0 1 global 1.56 cent full MIDI sysex only? -
C-Thru Music AXiS-64 Natural Keyboard* MIDI controller - - - - - 192 keys mapped to 64 MIDI notes
Cycling 74 MSP* realtime software synthesizer 0 unlimited 0.000001 Hz full MIDI Mac OS, Windows XP -
Digital Keyboards Synergy, Synergy II+ additive synthesizer ? ? 1.5 to 2 cents ? Kaypro computer -
Doepfer A-100* analog modular synthesizer 0 1+ global, equal tempered only continuous not applicable knob -
 Doepfer  A-178 Theremin module* analog controller (no builtin synthesizer) 0 continuous pitch instrument continuous not applicable  body capacitance  -
Edirol SC-88Pro, SC-88STPro, SC-88VL, SC88ST, SK-88Pro, SC-8850 wavetable synthesizer 1 per part (32 parts) 0 1 cent -64, +63 cents sysex only? -
Edirol SC-8850 wavetable syntheiszer 1 per part (64 parts) 0 1 cent -64, +63 cents sysex only? -
Edirol SC-55ST, SK-50 wavetable synthesizer 1 per part (16 parts) 0 1 cent -64, +63 cents sysex only? -
Edirol SCD-15 wavetable sound card expander 1 per part (16 parts) 0 1 cent

-64, +63 cents
sysex only? -
Edirol SCP-55 PCMCIA wavetable sound card 1 per part (16 parts) 0 1 cent -64, +63 cents sysex only? -
Edirol VSC-550W wavetable sound card emulation software 1 per part (16 parts) 0 1 cent -64, +63 cents sysex only? -
Edirol VSC-88ME, VSC-88H wavetable sound card emulation software 1 per part (32 parts) 0 1 cent -64, +63 cents sysex only? -
 EML Electrocomp 101 analog modular synthesizer 0 1 global, equal tempered only  continuous  not applicable knob -
 EML Electrocomp 300 analog synthesizer controller 0 1 global (4x4 calculator style keypad)  continuous  ? knob per note controller for Electrocomp 200 with 1 extra VCO
E-mu Modular analog modular synthesizer 0 1+ global, equal tempered only continuous not applicable knob -
E-mu Modular with 4060 Microprocessor Keyboard and Intervals Program analog modular synthesizer 0 1 global 1.5 cent full audio range - scales stored to tape
E-mu Proteus 1, Proteus 1/XR, Proteus 2, Proteus/2 XR wavetable synthesizer 0 1 global 1.56 cent full MIDI digital front panel, sysex Maps samples to 12 note per octave scale, not tuning keymap.
E-mu Proteus 3, Proteus FX, Classic Keys, Vintage Keys, Morpheus, Ultra Proteus, Orbit, Orbit V2, Planet Phatt, Carnaval wavetable synthesizer 0 1 global 1.56 cent full MIDI digital front panel, MIDI Tuning Dump Standard (no realtime) Maps samples to 12 note per octave scale, not tuning keymap.
E-mu Audity 2000, Proteus 1000, Proteus 2000, Proteus 2500, B-3, Xtreme Lead-1, Virtuoso 2000, Orbit 3, Planet Earth, Mo'Phatt, Vintage Pro, Custom Proteus wavetable synthesizer 0 12 defined globally, assigned per patch 1.56 cent full MIDI digital front panel, MIDI Tuning Dump Standard (no realtime) Tunings can be selected realtime with MIDI continuous controllers. Maps samples to 12 note per octave scale, not tuning keymap.
E-mu MP-7, PX-7, XL-7 wavetable synthesizer, controller 0 12 defined globally, assigned per patch 1.56 cent full MIDI digital front panel, MIDI Tuning Dump Standard (no realtime) Tunings can be selected realtime with MIDI continuous controllers. Maps samples to 12 note per octave scale, not tuning keymap.
E-mu PK-6, XK-6, MK-6, Halo, Vintage Keys wavetable synthesizer, controller 0 12 defined globally, assigned per patch 1.56 cent full MIDI digital front panel, MIDI Tuning Dump Standard (no realtime) Tunings can be selected realtime with MIDI continuous controllers. Maps samples to 12 note per octave scale, not tuning keymap.
E-mu Proteus MPS wavetable synthesizer 0 4, assigned per patch 1.56 cent full MIDI digital front panel, sysex Maps samples to 12 note per octave scale, not tuning keymap.
E-mu Sound Engine wavetable sound card 0 1 global 1.56 cent full MIDI sysex only? -
Ensoniq & Triton (OS) Mirage + SoundProcess operating system upgrade* sampler 0 1 global 4.69 cents full MIDI numeric front panel -
Ensoniq & Upward Concepts (OS) Mirage + UD-1 operating system upgrade* sampler 0 2 global 0.17 cents, .449 Hz full MIDI numeric front panel switch scales using sustain pedal
Ensoniq VFX, VFX-SD, VFX-SD II, SD-1 wavetable synthesizer 0 12 per program (60 programs) 1 cent parameter, 2.34 cent actual full MIDI digital front panel, sysex tuning table extrapolation function, nTET function, tuning tables cannot be stored by sysex or copied to other programs
Ensoniq EPS, EPS-M, EPS-16 Plus, EPS-16 Plus Rack, ASR-10, ASR-10R, ASR-88 sampler 0 8 per program, only 4 accessible realtime (8 programs max) 1 cent parameter, 1.56 cent actual A0 to C8 digital front panel, sysex (table dump only, individual note sysex doesn't work) tuning table extrapolation function
 Ensoniq  ASR-X, ASR-X Pro  sampler, wavetable synthesizer 0 1 global  .39 cent full MIDI MIDI Tuning Dump Standard (no realtime)  -
Ensoniq E-Prime, KT-76, KT-88 wavetable synthesizer 0 1 global 1 cent full MIDI digital front panel, sysex -
Ensoniq MR Rack, MR-61, MR-76, ZR-76 wavetable synthesizer 0 1 global 0.39 cent full MIDI MIDI Tuning Dump Standard (no realtime) -
Ensoniq TS-10, TS-12 wavetable synthesizer 0 1 per program 1 cent full MIDI digital front panel, sysex -
 Fairlight CMI I, II, IIx, III sampler, additive synthesizer 0 1 equal tempered only ?  not applicable  computer screen  -
 FluidSynth FluidSynth* real time software synthesizer 0 ? ? ?  Mac OS, Windows, others?  based upon Soundfont 2 specification

Updated September 23, 2007. Please send additions, corrections and questions to: microtonal@wavemakers-synth.com