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Access Virus TI2 Desktop (Version 2)
Access Virus synths are pretty legendary by reputation. The Virus TI desktop is part of the Total Integration line, their newsest and most comprehensive set of synths ever, expands upon their world-beating products by making them totally interfacable with your computer setup, as well as being an extremely powerful live tool. The Virus TI Desktop is perfect to hook up to a MIDI Controller to trigger it's array of adjustable presets.
Here's what Access say about the Virus TI Desktop
We are excited to announce the new VIRUS Total Integration (TI) Line of synthesizers, leading the world in a completely new direction with musical instrument and pro-audio convergence. TOTAL INTEGRATION uses innovative technology to greatly expand the VIRUS Synthesizer, resulting in an advanced stage/standalone instrument, while simultaneously extending the product capabilities with a suite of compelling studio integration features.
New synth features include greatly increased polyphony, 2 new oscillator types, a per-patch programmable arpeggiator, 16×2 delay/reverb fx, embedded singles in multi mode, and much more. The new TI products link to your computer with VIRUSControl;, a companion software product which ports the hardware synth into a host sequencer for use as a sample-accurate VST/AU instrument, simultaneously offering 2-way audio and MIDI connectivity, control surface functionality, editor and librarian functions, and more.
The First Totally Integrated Synthesizer
A scalable USB link connects the VIRUS to a Mac or PC for total integration of synth and studio. The VIRUSControl; plug-in automatically detects and connects the synth, ensuring a hassle-free configuration every time.
From inside a host application, the plug-in enables the new VIRUS hardware to appear as a multi-channel VST/AU soft-synth with up to 4 sub-mixes (or 2 × stereo). Access' proprietary driver technology makes VIRUS TI the world's first hardware synthesizer with sample-accuracy timing and a delay-compensated audio/MIDI connection.
Seamless interconnectivity also provides a real benefit in the software sequencer environment. All multi-timbral sounds and settings used for a project are stored within it with the plug-in, for snapshot ‹‹total recall›› plus editor and librarian functions with no SysEx or 3rd party software hassles.
The new VIRUS hardware is also well-equipped to capitalize on the power of Total Integration. With 24-bit 192KHz balanced analog, S/PDIF I/O and MIDI in and out ports, the new VIRUS is well-suited for use as the main audio and MIDI I/O center for your entire rig. These functions are especially practical for the laptop studio, offering an unmatched range of features and capabilities from one product.
Additionally, a new ‹‹Remote Mode›› allows the VIRUS hardware to become a control surface for any MIDI-capable device or software, mapping each of the 33 knobs to a specific MIDI message. TI ships with a great selection of templates and includes 32-user memories for custom controller maps. It's a powerful addition that greatly increases the value of the synth's studio footprint.
Dual DSP system with over 80 stereo voices under average load. (Load depends on which oscillator / filter model has been chosen)
- VirusControl VST and Apple Audio Unit Plug-for Mac OS X and Windows XP. The remote seamlessly integrates the Virus TI into your sequencer, making it feel just like a plug-in
- The Virus TIs Audio and MIDI inputs and outputs can be used by the sequencer application as an audio and MIDI interface
- The Virus TI is the first hardware synthesizer with sample-accurate timing and delay-compensated connection to your sequencer
- WaveTable Oscillators for a completely new array of sounds. WaveTable and conventional Virus oscillators and filters can be mixed
- HyperSaw oscillators with up to 9 sawtooths - each with parallel sub oscillator per voice (thats over 1800 stereo oscillators @100 voices!)
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 03 September 2014
Speechless. (br/)Sounds, build quality, interface. How could you better this?
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 08 May 2014
I have 2 of these now and this synth is amazing. One of the best sounding out there.
John | Purchase date: 18 October 2012
Another purchase without any issues outstanding service and very competitively price!
Stephen | Purchase date: 19 April 2012
The Virus is easily the best sounding digital synth (software or hardware) I have ever come across, and to be honest, considering how much bigger the palette of sounds is, I think it rivals analogue. There is a huge range of sounds and 16 channels to spread them across , you can make a whole track on one and play it all back together. The quality is amazing and the internal routing is fantastic.
The only problem I have is that whilst the synth itself is very good, the integration software is pretty poor in many ways. There are sync issues, bugs and it doesn't play very nicely with my soundcard, an Apogee Duet. Reports are that it works better with a normal midi connection but I have not tried this yet. I many ways the quality of the synth makes up for it, but seeing as the integration is something that I specifically bought this synth for it's still annoying.
However, even considering this issue it is still a sublime sounding machine and very fun to play with.