MHC Synthesizers and Effects - Industrial Tones v1.5 / Synthesizer

If you need an addition to your arsenal of VST plugins or Audio Units, something new, unique, odd, beautiful sounding and interesting, but at the same time rough and industrial, then let us recommend Industrial Tones. Industrial Tones is a synthesizer which produces sounds that can be related to the music genre which is often referred to as "industrial".
This music category is based on sounds from industries, noisy, heavy, made of steel or just odd. We have included the finest selection of industrial waveforms and when they are processed by the synth functions and the advanced effects engine then the result is a unique collection of sounds, which are both powerful, interesting and useful.
Industrial Tones includes 256 presets and you may purchase additional soundpacks which expand the plug-in. Each soundpack adds new waveforms and 256 new presets. Three soundpacks are available for Industrial Tones.

Version 1.5 includes a new graphical user interface and 13 of the samples/waveforms were improved and/or replaced.

Industrial Tones has a similar architecture as Ambient Keys, but it has a different sound, because Industrial Tones uses a set of industrial waveforms/samples instead of "ambient" ones. And Industrial Tones has a set of filter banks which sound different compared with the filter banks in Ambient Keys. We changed them slightly to better fit the category "industrial".
Industrial Tones plays hundreds of waveforms/samples and processes these using the plug-in's synth engine and its advanced effects processor, which has 133 different effect modes.
If you make music with an attitude, which can be categorized as industrial, fuzzy, based on mechanical sounds or steel, or just experimental, then Industrial Tones is the synthesizer for you.


Industrial Tones includes 256 presets. When you feel ready for more, then you may purchase a new "soundpack" which expands the plug-in. Each soundpack includes a new set of industrial waveforms and 256 new presets to explore. Three soundpacks are available.


There are 133 effect modes, including crossfading effects and layered effects. The effects section features a large set of filter banks, a resonator, flanger, reverb, pitch shift, a sub oscillator, amplitude modulation, distortion, plus layered and crossfading versions of these effects. The filter banks have been tuned to fit the waveforms and the category "industrial".
Crossfading effects means that Industrial Tones can alternate between effects. Many of the presets make use of this feature.
The sound of the filter banks can be adjusted. The effects (except the reverb) may be controlled by an LFO with 7 different waveforms and two variations of each (14 in total). The reverb includes a lowpass filter for realistic damping. In addition, the plug-in has a dedicated ensemble section and a built-in stereo delay.


The number of voices that you'll get from Industrial Tones and our series of hybrid plugins is only dependant on the power of your CPU. But you may set a voice limit, if you want to, for example maximum 8 or 16 voices or any number.

MIDI Controllers

The plug-in features an easy-to-use "learn mode" to support MIDI controllers. That makes it easy for you to, say, draw a waveform in your sequencer and then let it control any of the knobs. Or hook up a a cheap external MIDI controller and control the plug-in with it.

Selecting Patches

Patches are organized into groups and they are selected using two drop down menus (one for the group and one for the patch itself). The drop down menus make it easy for you to browse through the patch collection. If you download a new soundpack, then you just have to run the installer and then the new presets appear as new patch groups (new menu choices).


Each voice has its own resonant filter, which can be controlled by an envelope or with velocity. You may adjust the waveform pitch and there's a traditional amp envelope there too. A manual (PDF) is included.

Price: 139 dollar

"The synth is one of our VST plugins for Windows and Audio Units for Mac OS X. Currently version 1.5 is available for Windows only, but we will release an update to version 1.5 for Mac OS X within a couple of weeks." Via