Thorn was made to provide you with a great tool for modern electronic music production. The main goal was to develop a top notch software synthesizer, which knows everything about creation process of punchy, snappy and aggressive modern sounds. Simplicity, flexibility and effectiveness are the key principles of Thorn. Just take a short tour through the carefully crafted sound library provided by Thorn (600+ presets!). We hope it contains lots of sounds you might want to put in your mix right away.

The sound engine in Thorn is built on Spectral Synthesis method, which gives you control over the harmonics involved into a forming process of a final timbre. Three Harmonic Oscillators with an additional Harmonic Filter cover all the needs for producing of a very wide range of modern sounds.

Two analog modeled multi-mode filters with a zero delay feedback path provided to charge your sound and make it shine through the mix. Analog envelopes, LFOs and multi-stage envelopes can be used to modulate any internal parameter you would like to.

A set of 9 high quality effects polish your sound and breathe life into it. In order to provide more fun DS Audio implemented a pattern-based Glitch sequencer in Thorn. Today glitch-effects become an essential part of many electronic music genres and we hope you will find Glitch module very handful and inspiring.

Have fun with Thorn!


  • Additive synthesis engine with spectral effects, harmonic filtering and FM, RM, PWM, Hard Sync support
  • Analog modeled filters with sensitive internal saturation stages
  • 3x ADSR, 3x LFO, 2x Multi-stage Envelopes
  • 9 high quality effects
  • Glitch sequencer
  • Noise Oscillator with WAV-sample playback feature

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • The Thrillseekers

    The Thrillseekers

    I love the raw, gritty vibe that Thorn adds to my sonic arsenal. It contrasts nicely against the sea of analog-modelled VSTs out there and has some unique features, like the Glitch Sequencer.… Read More

  • David Forbes

    David Forbes

    After 4 clicks of a button i fell in love with this synth, it will be a staple piece of kit used in my productions over the coming years, its a simple as that.... absolutely solid!!

  • Ryan Farish

    Ryan Farish

    After working with Thorn for just under 5 minutes, I immediately found myself in one of those rare moments where the sound of this synth had me racing to record and capture down all the ideas that… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • Wow: great bread and butter synth!

    by m2
    I wasn’t really expecting much, as instruments have never been Plugin Alliance’s thing, but this is an awesome synth! It’s always a pleasure to scroll through the presets, and hear one usable… Read More
    Plugin Alliance response
    Thank you and enjoy!
  • Excellent

    by Steve
    Terrific sounding synth, no complaints and the patches that you get with it are top-shelf.
  • Great Sounds

    by Jweyerbacher
    At first I was a little bummed out by Thorn because of an installation issue involving resource.bin. I was able to get tech support and get the issue resolved. Now that I've tried it out I can say… Read More
  • Wooow!

    by Marc
    Wow, I extremly like the glitch and arp. Very modular with the harmonic filter. Superbe inovative thing to fix glitch, arp, effects and mod matrix for preset change!
  • Game of Thorn!!

    by rick drumss
    Really cool synth!! A hi-quality game changer plugin. It has help me with some Leads and Bases that i could not find in others synths i have. Highly recommended!!


Supported Plugin Formats
AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
MacOS 10.9 through 10.14
Windows 7 through 10

Modern CPU with SSE3 support

Modern CPU with SSE3 support

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM


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Thorn V1.2

DS Thorn - Changelog

Version 1.2 (Feb 7, 2019)
- Release version