Synthesizers, samplers and sound cards with microtonal capabilities G-M

* 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
Garritan Garritan Personal Orchestra 4 (GPO)* software sample synthesizer ? ? ? ? loads SCALA files -
General Music S2, S3, S2R, S2 Turbo, S3 Turbo wavetable synthesizer 0 4 global 1 cent full MIDI digital front panel, sysex -
General Music SX2, SX3 wavetable synthesizer 4 global 0 1 cent ? digital front panel, sysex -
General Music PRO1, PRO2, PRO Expander wavetable synthesizer 0 1 global ? full MIDI digital front panel, sysex -
General Music Genesys, Genesys S*, Genesys XP*, Genesys Pro, Genesys Pro S* wavetable synthesizer 0 8 global 1 cent full MIDI digital front panel, sysex -
General Music AS-1 (Arabic Scale Converter) MIDI processor 12 0 ? ? buttons processes MIDI notes to achieve Arabic scales, is monophonic for non-General Music instruments
General Music Equinox 61, Equinox 76, Equinox 88 Pro wavetable synthesizer, sampler (playback only) 8 global 0 1 cent ? digital front panel, sysex -
Hauptwerk Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organ* wavetable synthesizer, sampler (playback only) ? 0 ? ? - -
H-PI Instruments Tuning Box TBX1* MIDI microtonal keyboard converter - 128 tables x 4 layers = 512 sends 14 bit pitch bend messages (0.01 cent) full MIDI TBXE software for Mac OSX or Windows, 16 channel switches, 15 preset
buttons, rotary encoder, LCD
Converts non-microtonal MIDI instrument to microtunable through channel splitting and pitch bend messages. Dynamic channel allocation multi-channel pitch bend, compatible with mutitimbral MIDI synthesizers.
H-PI Instruments Tonal Plexus TPX2*, TPX4*, TPX6*,TPX8* MIDI controller / GM/GS Wavetable Synthesizer (= s option) - 32 sends 14 bit pitch bend messages (0.01 cent) Full MIDI TPXE software for Mac OSX or Windows, 16 channel switches, 16 patch
buttons, 16 table buttons, 4 faders, rotary encoder, LCD
211 keys per octave, 2, 4, 6, 8 octave models. Dynamic channel allocation multi-channel pitch bend, compatible with external mutitimbral MIDI synthesizers.
H-PI Instruments Scordatura* software synthesizer (MAC) ? unlimited tuning tables per port ? ? .csv Tuning Table file format (export files from CSE and TPXE) -
H-PI Instruments Xentone* microtuning ear trainer (MAC/Windows) ? ? ? ? imports SCALE *.scl and *.tun scale files -
H-PI Instruments Lo-Fi Microstudio 2* software synthesizer (MAC OSX) ? ? ? full MIDI loads *.hz and *.csv Tuning Table files (export files from CSE and TPXE) independent tuning per channel
H-PI Instruments Custom Scale Editor (CSE)* microtuning scale editor (MAC OSX and Windows) ? unlimited ? full MIDI exports to multiple formats, tuning in ratios, decimals, Hz, formulas -
Haken Audio Continuum Fingerboard* MIDI controller - - 1 cent continuous continuous playing surface Polyphonic MIDI controller with continuous pitch
JazzMutant Lemur* MIDI controller - - - - touch screen Polyphonic MIDI touch screen controller
Keflar Technologies AK-1* MIDI scale converter - - - - button panel transpose MIDI notes for Arabic scales
Korg PS-3100, PS-3200, PS-3300 analog synthesizer 1 global 0 continuous ? 1 knob per note -
Korg M1, M1R, M1REX, M3, M3R, T1, T2, T3 wavetable synthesizer 1 global 0 1 cent +/-50 cents digital front panel, sysex M1R and possibly others ca n tune +/- 100 cents per note
Korg Wavestation, EX, A/D, SR wavetable and wavesequencing synthesizer 16, up to 8 assigned in performance 0 1 cent +/-99 cents digital front panel, sysex -
Korg Prophecy physical modeling synthesizer 1 global 0 1 cent +/-50 cents digital front panel, sysex -
 Korg  Z1 physical modeling synthesizer 1 global 1 global  1 cent +/-100 cents octave, full keyboard* digital front panel, sysex *NOTE: The +-100 cent full keyboard tuning range limits this to 12 note per octave scales
 Korg  MS2000, MS2000R, MS2000B*, MS2000BR* virtual analog modeled synthesizer 1 global 0  1 cent +/-100 cents digital front panel, sysex -
Korg x2, x3, x5, x5D*, x5DR, 05R/W, N264, N364 wavetable synthesizer 1 global 0 1 cent +/-99 cents digital front panel, sysex
Korg 01/W, 01R/W, 03/W, 01/W Pro, 01/Wfd wavetable and waveshaping synthesizer 1 global 0 1 cent parameter, 1.56 cent actual +/-50 cents digital front panel, sysex -
Korg i1, i2, i3, i4, i4s, i5s, i5M, ix300 wavetable synthesizer 1 global 0 ? ? digital front panel, sysex -
Korg i30 wavetable synthesizer 32 global 0 ? ? digital front panel, sysex -
Korg iS35, iS40, i40M, iS50, iS50B wavetable synthesizer 14 global 0 1 cent ? digital front panel, sysex Requires OS 3.00 upgrade for iS40, i40M and iS50, Keyboard Set feature to make tuning selection easier
Korg Trinity, Trinity Plus, Trinity Pro, Trinity Pro X, TR-Rack, Trinity V3, Trinity Pro V3, Trinity ProX V3 wavetable synthesizer, physical modeling synthesizer (Plus & V3 models only) 1 global 1 global 1 cent +/-99 cents* digital front panel, sysex (TR-Rack sysex only) *NOTE: The +-99 cent full keyboard tuning range limits this to 12 note per octave scales
Korg Triton, Triton Pro, Triton ProX, Triton Rack*, Triton Extreme*, Triton LE*, Triton Studio* wavetable synthesizer, physical modeling synthesizer (with MOSS option card), sampler 16 defined globally, assigned per program 1 global 1 cent +/-99 cents* digital front panel, sysex *NOTE: The +-100 cent full keyboard tuning range limits this to 12 note per octave scales
Korg Karma* wavetable synthesizer 16 defined globally, assigned per program 1 global 1 cent +/-99 cents* digital front panel, sysex *NOTE: The +-99 cent full keyboard tuning range limits this to 12 note per octave scales
Korg MicroX*, X50* wavetable synthesizer 16 defined globally, assigned per program, combination or track 1 global, assinged per program, combination or track 1 cent +/-99 cents* digital front panel, sysex *NOTE: The +-99 cent full keyboard tuning range limits this to 12 note per octave scales
Korg Concert C-900 digital piano 1 global 0 ? ? digital front panel -
Korg C-1500, C8600, Ci-9000 digital piano 4 global 0 1 cent ? digital front panel -
Korg Oasys PCI card physical modeling sound card 0 unlimited, per program 1 cent full MIDI range MAC OS or Windows Scales created with text files (.tun format)
Korg Legacy Collection* soft synth versions of analog and wavesequencing synthesizers 13 Global (MS-20 & Polysix), 12, up to 8 assigned in performance (Wavestation) 0 1 cent +/-99 cents MAC OS or Windows -
Korg OASYS 76*, OASYS 88* digital, analog modeling and wavesequencing synthesizer 16 Globally defined, assigned per program combination, or sequence 1 Globally define, assigned per program, combination or sequence* 1 cent +/-99 cents Graphic Display *NOTE: The +-99 cent Full Keyboard tuning range limits this to 12 note per octave scales
Korg TR61*, TR76* wavetable synthesizer 16 Globally defined, assigned per program combination, or sequence 1 Globally define, assigned per program, combination or sequence* 1 cent +/-99 cents LCD Display *NOTE: The +-99 cent Full Keyboard tuning range limits this to 12 note per octave scales
 Kurzweil  250, 250RMX  wavetable synthesizer and sampler ? ? ? ? digital front panel -
Kurzweil 150 FS additive synthesizer 8 global 0 1 cent +/-700 cents numeric front panel, sysex -
Kurzweil K1000, 1000GX, 1000HX, 1000PX, 1000SX, 1200, Pro 76 wavetable synthesizer 64 global 0 1 cent parameter, 3-5 cents actual +/-700 cents digital front panel, sysex -
Kurzweil K2000, K2000S, K2000R, K2000RS, K2VX, K2VXS, K2000VP, K2000VPR wavetable, sample playback and VAST synthesizer, sampler (S models) 255 global 1 per program, equal tempered only (999 programs) 1 cent full MIDI digital front panel, sysex tonic can be detuned, OS 3.52 has a bug, use OS 3.54
Kurzweil K2500R, K2500RS, K2500, K2500S, K2500X, K2500XS, K2500AES, K2600R*, K2600RS*, K2600*, K2600S*, K2600X*, K2600XS*, K2661* wavetable, sample playback and VAST synthesizer, sampler (S models) 255 global 1 per program, equal tempered only (999 programs) 1 cent full MIDI digital front panel, sysex tune with sustain with OS 2.31 or higher, tonic can be detuned

 LinPlug

Albino 2*, Alpha*, Cronox 2*, Octopus*, Sophistry*

 realtime software synthesizer

 0

 ?

 1 cent

 full MIDI

 MAC OS or Windows, .tun file format

VST or Audio Unit plugin, OSX on PC or Mac, supports Micro-tuning Map
Marion Systems MSR-2, Prosynth analog synthesizer 0 4, assigned in patch or globally 0.2 cent ? digital front panel, sysex -

 MAZ Sound Tools

Speedsoft VSampler*

 realtime software sampler/synthesizer

 0

1 global

 ?

 full MIDI

 Windows OS, SCALA .scl file format

VSTi, DXi or standalone
Midicode Midicode Synthesizer* software synthesizer unlimited unlimited 0.000000000001 cent full audio range Windows Dynamic Retuning, Interval entry, equal temperament utility
MIT Media Lab CSOUND* software synthesizer programming language unlimited unlimited 0.0001 Hz full audio range program or table, runs on most 32 bit computers Equal temperament and just intonation utilities

ModArtt

Pianoteq 3*

 virtual modeled software synthesizer

 ?

?

Loads SCALA files 

Modcan 

 Modular*

analog modular synthesizer
0 1+ global, equal tempered only continuous not applicable knob -
Moog 1C, 2C, 3C, 10, 12, 15, 35, 55 analog modular synthesizer 0 1+ global, equal tempered only continuous not applicable knob -
Moog 1C, 2C, 3C, 10, 12, 15, 35, 55 with Model 950 Keyboard Controller and Model 950B Scale Programmer analog modular synthesizer 0 1 global continuous not applicable trimming potentiometer -
 Moog Sonic Six analog synthesizer 0 1 global, equal tempered only continuous not applicable knob -

Moog

 Little Phatty*, Slim Phatty* with Firmware 3.1

analog synthesizer
32 0 ? ? computer software -
 Motorola Scalatron electronic organ  2 standard, 7 expanded 0  0.8-1.6 cents +/-1 octave switches -
 MuLogix Slave 32 digital synthesizer 1 ? 1 cent, 0.03 Hz ?  numeric front panel  -
Musonics Sonic V analog synthesizer 0 1 global, equal tempered only continuous not applicable knob -

Updated February 26, 2012. Please send additions, corrections and questions to: microtonal@wavemakers-synth.com