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Plugin Alliance DS Audio THORN V1.2.0

Plugin Alliance DS Audio THORN v1.2.0

If you are looking for a modern software synthesizer that can create cutting edge sounds, you might want to check out Plugin Alliance DS Audio THORN v1.2.0. This plugin is designed by Dmitry Sches, a renowned sound designer and developer who has created other popular plugins such as Diversion and Tantra. In this article, we will take a look at some of the features and capabilities of THORN and why it is a great choice for electronic music producers.

What is THORN?

THORN is a spectral software synthesizer that uses a novel synthesis method called Spectral Synthesis. This method allows you to control the individual harmonics that form the final timbre of a sound. You can manipulate the harmonics in various ways, such as applying spectral effects, harmonic filtering, and modulation techniques such as FM, RM, PWM, and Hard Sync. This gives you a lot of flexibility and creativity in shaping your sounds.


THORN has three harmonic oscillators, each with its own harmonic filter and spectral effects section. The harmonic filter can be used to sculpt the harmonic spectrum of the oscillator, while the spectral effects can add movement and character to the sound. Some of the spectral effects include Bend, Twist, Warp, Harmonic Shift, Sync, and more. You can also use the Noise Oscillator to add some noise or wavetable samples to your sound.

THORN also has two analog modeled multi-mode filters with a zero delay feedback path. These filters can be used to further shape your sound and make it fit in the mix. You can modulate the filters with any of the modulation sources available in THORN, such as three ADSR envelopes, three LFOs, and two multi-stage envelopes. You can also use the Modulation Matrix to assign any modulation source to any parameter you want.

What else does THORN offer?

Besides the powerful sound engine, THORN also has a set of nine high quality effects that can enhance your sound and add some polish to it. The effects include Distortion, Bit Crusher, Chorus, Phaser, Delay, Reverb, Glitch, Arpeggiator, and EQ. You can use these effects in any order you want and adjust their parameters to suit your taste.

One of the most interesting effects in THORN is the Glitch effect, which is a pattern-based glitch sequencer that can create rhythmic variations and stutter effects on your sound. You can use the Glitch effect to spice up your sound and create some unexpected results. You can also sync the Glitch effect to your host tempo and use different patterns for each note or chord you play.

Another cool feature in THORN is the Arpeggiator, which can generate complex and catchy arpeggios from your chords or notes. You can use the Arpeggiator to create melodic sequences and patterns that can inspire your music. You can also customize the Arpeggiator by changing its direction, octave range, step length, swing, gate, velocity, and more. You can also use the Arpeggiator as a modulation source for other parameters in THORN.

How does THORN sound?

THORN sounds amazing. It can create a wide range of modern sounds that are suitable for various genres of electronic music. Whether you need punchy basses, snappy leads, aggressive plucks, elegant pads, or atmospheric textures, THORN can deliver them with ease. You can also use THORN to create some unique and experimental sounds that will make your music stand out from the crowd.

THORN comes with over 600 presets that cover different categories such as Basses, Leads, Pads, Plucks, Keys, FX, Sequences, Drums, and more. These presets are designed by Dmitry Sches himself and other talented sound designers such as Rob Lee, Aiyn Zahev, Joseph Hollo, Sound Author, Xenos Soundworks, Twolegs Toneworks, and more. You can use these presets as they are or tweak them to your liking. You can also create your own presets from scratch using the intuitive and user-friendly interface of THORN.

If you want to hear some examples of how THORN sounds, you can listen to some audio demos on the Plugin Alliance website or on SoundCloud. You can also watch some video tutorials and reviews on YouTube to see how THORN works and what it can do.

How much does THORN cost?

THORN is available for purchase from the Plugin Alliance website for $199. You can also download a 14-day fully functional trial version of THORN for free. THORN supports VST, VST3, AU, and AAX plugin formats and works on both Mac and Windows platforms. You will need a modern CPU with SSE3 support and a display resolution of 1440 x 900px or higher to run THORN smoothly.


THORN is a fantastic software synthesizer that offers a lot of features and possibilities for creating modern and futuristic sounds. It has a unique and powerful sound engine that uses Spectral Synthesis to give you control over the harmonics of your sound. It also has a flexible modulation system, a set of high quality effects, a pattern-based glitch sequencer, and an arpeggiator that can add some spice and movement to your sound. THORN is easy to use and comes with a large collection of presets that can inspire your music. If you are looking for a new synth plugin that can take your sound design to the next level, you should definitely give THORN a try.


  • [1] Plugin Alliance DS Audio Thorn - Plugin Alliance

  • [2] DS Audio Thorn by Plugin Alliance - Synth Plugin VST VST3 Audio Unit AAX

  • [3] DS Audio Thorn V1.2 - SoundCloud

  • [4] DS Audio Thorn - YouTube

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