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Microtonic (µTonic)

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Microtonic (µTonic)
Microtonic (µTonic) by Sonic Charge is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and a Software Application for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and a Standalone Application.
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Sonic Charge Microtonic (also known as "µTonic") is a drum and percussion synthesizer combined with a pattern based drum-machine engine.

You can use µTonic as a sound module to play drum sounds from your MIDI keyboard or sequencer, or you can use the built-in pattern engine to play drum patterns in sync with your sequencer. The sound of µTonic is 100% synthetic and rendered in real-time. No samples or pre-rendered waveforms are used.

Sonic Charge µTonic was created by Magnus Lidström. Magnus is best known for his work with Propellerhead Software. In particular, he was the brain behind the highly acclaimed Malström synthesizer introduced in Reason 2.0. (Magnus is also responsible for Typhoon, the alternative OS for the Yamaha TX16W.).


  • Eight channel drum and percussion synthesizer. Fully automatable.
  • Pattern based drum machine engine, synchronized to the host sequencer.
  • 100% synthetic sound, rendered in real-time. No samples.
  • Versatile sound architecture allow for a wide variety of tweakable drums and effects.
  • Powerful sound shaping possibilities, including equalizing and distortion for each channel.
  • Uncompromised audio quality (Over-sampled oscillators, sample accurate triggering etc.).
  • Extreme parameter ranges with virtually infinite resolutions. Works in any sample-rate.
  • Straightforward and easy to use interface with context menus, popup hints etc.
  • Cut, copy, paste, load and save programs, individual drum patches and patterns.
  • Plenty of creative editing options, including randomizing functions etc.
  • MIDI out support. Use the pattern engine to control other plug-ins.
  • CPU efficient. Typically less than 5% CPU utilization for all eight channels on a 2.0GHz P4.
  • Comes bundled with a hefty chunk of factory sounds and patterns, free to use in productions.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.69 from 13 reviews
Microtonic (µTonic)

Reviewed By loungedumore [all]
July 11th, 2022
Version reviewed: 3.3.3 on Mac

One of the Best Drum Synths out there.

Sequencer is powerful, easy and fun.

Patternarium is an almost endless source of inspiration and free patterns and presets.

Free updates for life .

Only Cons I've ever had with it have been addressed over the years and the newer Skins make it much easer on the eyes too.

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Microtonic (µTonic)

Reviewed By sjcongo [all]
September 20th, 2021
Version reviewed: 2 on Mac

Super easy and fun organic sounding drum maschine.

Easy on the CPU and to learn :).

Good support from developer.

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Microtonic (µTonic)

Reviewed By NWSM [all]
June 13th, 2021
Version reviewed: 3.3.1 on Windows

On star missing.

Because okay...i love Microtonic but it can be more...better:

  • no polyrhthm.
  • hidden random switches.
  • too less per Step editing (volume, pan, pitch).
  • to less sound editing on the Oscillators (FM, PWM...).

A bit more...we always want more...


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Microtonic (µTonic)

Reviewed By halfman73 [all]
May 14th, 2021
Version reviewed: 1 on Windows

Fantastic! Endless possibilities for different rhythms and sounds. I can lose hours at a time just tinkering with this.

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Microtonic (µTonic)

Reviewed By Tagirijus [all]
December 12th, 2020
Version reviewed: 3.3.1 on Windows

Already there (aka "Pro"):

  • extremely CPU friendly and fast loading.
  • easy and fast to set up in general.
  • good sounding.
  • almost endless (?) patterns online in the Patternarium.
  • minimalistic yet powerful.
  • scriptable things.
  • preset format is "open". So it seems to be some kind of JSON format, which is nice for geeks like me (-;
  • many parameters can be linked to MIDI CC#s.
  • easy and minimalistic, but useful preset system.
  • after 10 years (if I read correctly) the development seems not dead yet, I guess ... at least that's my assumption, since the last update was in april 2020. Still waiting for the dev to "verify" (-;

Could be there (aka "Cons", or better: "Feature wishes"):

  • some more sound noise types.
  • filter envelopes.
  • linking velocity to more parameters than just the three ones.
  • polyphonic mode in the "Pitched MIDI mode".
  • adjusting the decaying curves (especially for the pitch mod).

Really looking forward to the future of this plugin. (=.

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Comments & Discussion for Sonic Charge Microtonic (µTonic)

Discussion: Active
27 May 2014 at 7:08pm

I picked up Microtonic a couple of months ago and use it in everything i do now. Can't believe i never purchased this one earlier. Everything about it is great. Its a really fun and great sounding drum synth. Top notch for House and Minimal beats among others. Probably one of the best purchases iv'e made for my needs. This ones a keeper. I'd love to see some extra features but as it stands right now it's just perfect.


27 May 2014 at 9:09pm

You bet ya. It's a quick way to some really creative hits...and basses...and FX. It helped to teach me what a bass drum can be besides a beater in the front, a bump and sin wave slide. So much more is possible with this, esp with 96 or so semi modulation range on the pitch and the various modulation options in this section. Synthesis engine. That simple interface is very misleading because some of the controls are actually dependent on other controls' settings. Experimentation is the key with this one. There are great options for getting patterns to the grid in a DAW and there are some fantastic Scripts with the semi-new script engine that can be added to help workflow and other neat things. It's a fantastic tool indeed. Congrats on yr new acquisition, may it continue to provide fruits. Cheers.

2 August 2015 at 12:30am

I Love this drummachine! To be able to play the parts separately with keyboard in different pitches is an outstanding feature.


Is it just me or did a DC-offset bug krept in on windows 7 when turning up the distortion? It was fine on XP.. tried it at a diffrent DAW and pc, but still the same bug.. DC-offset sucks. : (.

maybe i have some wrong settings in Win7? strange that i can't find anyone else posting on this matter.

2 August 2015 at 3:51am

turns out the DC-offset is also on XP ...maybe i didn't notice it before.. but its very obvious when turning distortion up and EQ-gain to the negative side (left)

11 March 2017 at 11:50am

And if you sucked it dry completely you can use the sequencer to trigger other instruments because it transmits MIDI out.

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