Free Arturia’s Filter MS-20 plugin could be the end-of-year treat you have been waiting for


The filter section on the Korg MS-20  synth is legendary in music production circles, with its filthy sound and screaming resonance. Now, thanks to Filter MS-20, Arturia’s new free plugin, you have the opportunity to have it in your DAW for free.

As on the original you get both high- and low-pass filters, both of which feature those much-loved Peak (resonance) controls. In addition, there’s a distortion section for additional filth.

Arturia has also taken the opportunity to add some modern enhancements to Filter MS-20. You can “modulate and animate the virtual circuitry”, reroute the filter and distortion sections and add stereo width.

The plugin is tweakable; it has a knob-per-function main interface, macro-style controls for easy edits, and an Advanced panel that gives you access to the envelope follower, step sequencer and function generator.


This means that Filter MS-20 is flexible – capable of creating everything from filtered and distorted sounds to stereo phasing, pumping sidechain and auto-wah effects, in fact.

Its launch follows the release of Arturia’s emulation of the MS-20 synth earlier this year. This is included in its V Collection 9  bundle.

You’ll note that the font for the Filter MS-20’s logo nods to the one used by Daft Punk – the French duo are believed to have been fans of Korg’s synth. Other famous MS-20 lovers include The Chemical Brothers and Aphex Twin.

It runs on PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats.

The regular price of Filter MS-20 will be €99, but it can be downloaded for free until 2 January 2023. and you can download it now from the Arturia website.



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