Your go-to choice for creative filters

If you’re looking to spice up your tracks, add a bit of excitement to your audio, or just get a bit of tone control, the choice of plugins can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. There are hundreds, if not thousands of plugins out there, but which one will be right for your music?

As a company full of musicians, we’re faced with this choice almost every day. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to be able to narrow our selection down to just a few titles? Titles that we knew were feature-packed, sounded awesome, and could be relied on. Titles that not only offered exciting modern features, but also gave us access to the sound of timeless analog tone controls. Titles that encouraged your creativity, instead of holding it back.

This is why we created 3 Filters You’ll Actually Use. Our heritage of accurately emulating vintage synths and bringing them back to life as software gave us the perfect starting point. To make our award-winning software instruments, we analyzed and recreated every aspect of some of the most legendary synths ever created, including their coveted analog filters.

Meet the filter dream team


Dr Moog’s iconic, smooth ladder filter, accurately recreated and updated with modern features.

See more info on Mini-Filter


Simple, great-sounding state-variable filter with mode blending, analog soft-clipping and mod matrix.

See more info on SEM-Filter


The master of complexity and depth, Tom Oberheim’s legendary 80s filter on steroids.

See more info on M12-Filter

Straight from the glorious days of the analog synth, the tone-controlling power of these 3 filters were immortalized in the Matrix-12, Bob Moog's synth, and SEM.

Rocketing forward through time, the inimitable sound of these filters is now available as a standalone plugin, ready to change the way you create and mix music, and to become your go-to choice when you’re looking for ways to creatively control the frequency content of your audio.

What can these filters do?”

“My software instruments already have filters, why would I need a filter plugin?”

It’s an exciting feeling to shape the sound of electric guitars, drums, vocals, brass instruments, and samples using the lush analog sound of famous synth filters. With this plugin bundle, it’s easy to create atmospheric drops by low-pass filtering the high-end out. Or why not by cutting the bass with a high-pass filter, creating a bit of tension and expectation before a chorus, for example?

The fun doesn’t stop there. Beyond simply using the filters as they were originally designed, you can also use one of the many added features to step things up. Start experimenting with envelope programing, push your input gain and saturate your signal with analog drive, or add a bit of randomness to your sequences. You can also map your controller keyboard to any of the 3 Filter’s MIDI CC parameters, letting you adjust and perform using any of the filters on the fly. This is great for use in a live setting, giving you instant, hands-on control.

Each plugin also contains dozens of presets for you to explore, and use as the basis of your own, personalized sound.

Press Clipping

"Kudos to Arturia for the inclusion of a mid-side mode on all three preamps – it's a great utility to have at the ready for broadening a stereo source, and Arturia's implementation of M/S (plus the inclusion of phase inversion on each model) makes you want to experiment with – and yes, actually USE – these plug-ins. And I guess that's why the naming convention is so spot on for these two bundles – the focus on high ergonomics and function paired with low fuss and CPU impact makes for happy music makers. I will use the hell out of these."
Tape Op
"Anyone working with electronic music will appreciate their ability to create filter patterns - pulsing and rhythmic sweeps and even ducking effects - and left static they are a great way to shape any sound, even in more conventional styles of production. See if, like me, you agree these really are filters that you will actually use."
"When you take into account the advanced mod matrix and the fact that the filters can be routed four different ways, the amount of sound design potential available here is undoubtedly impressive."
Resident Advisor

Iconic synth sound-shaping on any audio source

Beautifully recreated vintage effects don’t come easy.

Using our exclusive TAE modelling technology, we are able to map out the sound and behaviour of electronic instruments, right down to the level of individual components, to create accurate software emulations of these groundbreaking synths and keyboards. As our modelling methods examine the core components, we found that we were also able to isolate certain features. The thought of using Dr Moog’s famous ladder filter, or one of Tom Oberheim’s multi-mode marvels on any audio source in our DAW excited us. We thought it would excite you, too.

With 3 Filters You’ll Actually Use, we not only give you access to these fabled filters, we have also fleshed each plugin with creativity-focused bonus features that take them all to another level. From M12-Filter’s modulation matrix and programmable envelopes to Mini-Filter’s sequencer, we know that you’re going to love exploring and experimenting with these filters to enhance your music.

Each plugin combining classic tone control with exciting modern functionality, so that whenever you need a filter in your productions, Arturia has you covered.

Tommaso Colliva

Artists Corner

The plugins are different, very good by themselves, and flexible
Tommaso Colliva
( Producer )
Steven A Williams

Artists Corner

What? This is just ridiculous. So many easily manipulated controls that make a real difference to the sound. And the presets are amazing. Try ‘Ratchet Club’, as it is a time dependent filter, that creates musically rhythmic aspects to the sound you are applying it to. You can then adjust the settings to suit your part. Unbelievable.
Steven A Williams
( Producer/Engineer - The Chapel Studios London )
Paul Godfrey

Artists Corner

Damn these filters and preamps are insane! So thick and syrupy. What am I supposed to do with all my precious hardware? Uh?
Paul Godfrey
( Morcheeba )
Emre Ramazanoglu

Artists Corner

Arturia continue to showcase their ability to make incredible software with their three new filter plugins. Growl, fire, depth and haunting tone. Big BIG love to you guys for dropping these monster tone tools
Emre Ramazanoglu
( Engineer / Mixing - Noel Gallagher, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sia )

Pushing the envelope

From simple tone control to random syncopated sonic carnage, the humble filter can have a dramatic effect on any sound source. To give you an idea of what’s possible with the plugins in 3 Filters You’ll Actually Use, here are a few demos to sink your teeth into.

SEM-Filter Demos

Modulation of both the cutoff frequency and the noise level, creating a hi-hat track on top of some heavy cutoff modulation.
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Mangling the original source, LFO modulating the Filter Out at audio rate and a set of various modulations.
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Rising lowpass cutoff automation over 4 bars. Useful for any application!
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You can have a lot of fun with this powerful tempo-synced LFO controlled preset. Hear it add a whole lot of movement and life to this electronic extract.
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M12-Filter Demos

This preset responds to the incoming audio signal and adds a satisfying "zap" to the transients.
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Resonant filtering on a guitar riff, emulating a wah effect. The audio signal triggers an envelope controlling both the filter cutoff and rate of the modulation.
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Combined functions with the same shape but out of phase creates a nice gated rhythmic effect on this synth pad.
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This preset will generate a Kick Drum/Tom and some Tops/HiHats from whatever youll feed to it. The spectral balance of the source will define the outcome.
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Mini-Filter Demos

A 6 step sequence and a very fast LFO, completely transforming this techno mix into a weird FM-like sequence.
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Classic pumping effect that really transforms these lush EDM chords. Perfect for adding a sidechained kick and starting a dance track.
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Lovely distortion effect created by cranking up the drive knob. It definitely adds some crunch and character to this dub guitar and drum loop.
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Simple step sequencer applied to the cutoff frequency, adding movement to two otherwise static sounds.
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TAE® Powered

TAE® "True Analog Emulation" is Arturia's exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes our virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

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Platform specifications

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU.
    1GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU.
    1GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

VST 2.4 (64-bit), VST 3 (64-bit), AAX (64 bits with PT 11), Audio Unit (64-bit), NKS* (64-bit DAWs only).

VST 2.4


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Main Features

  • Three iconic synthesizer’s filters recreated with advanced TAE physical and circuits modeling:
    • Mini-Filter
    • M12-Filter
    • SEM-Filter
  • Each filter can be used in your DAW as a VST, AU, AAX plug-in.
  • Beautiful, incredibly detailed, high-res interfaces.
  • Rich modulation possibilities from within the filters plugins.
  • Fast, intelligent, tag-based preset browsing.
  • More than 100 High quality presets from award-winning sound designers.
  • Arturia’s proprietary technology, TAE®, ensures that each analog modeling filter sounds and behaves exactly like the original.