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Access Virus TI2 Darkstar


Easy to use, includes a thorough manual as well as an excellent tutorial booklet that walks you through how to program in some classic synth sounds on the Virus.

The Virus Control plug-in allows you to edit patches via a computer.

There are over 2000 presets to choose from, with four RAM banks in addition to ROM banks A through S or T. Each bank holds 127 different patches,you could probably get away with using nothing but the presets, but I don't know why anyone would want to.

The quality of presets is excellent.

It's a synth, and a synth that specializes in purely electronic sounds at that. It's one of the best at what it does. Polyphony is flexible depending on complexity of the patches and the use of effects.

In addition to being one of the best virtual analogs on the market, the latest update turns it into a beefed up wavetable synth. It's not a sequencer, it's not a sampler, but in my experience none of those all-in-one synths do any one thing all that well. You can have 16 different patches at once, and you can set distortion, delay, reverb, chorus, flanger and phaser effects per patch.

The keyboard is decent. Total Integration allows you to hook this up to a computer and use it in effect as a plug-in for editting and sequencing purposes. TI also allows you to use it as a MIDI interface.

It has a sound that stands out above every other virtual analog synth out there. When Access designed the Virus, they got the most important elements of the sound - the oscillators and the filters - just right.

Furthermore, the distortion effects on this synth are the best on any keyboard. I would never consider using the onboard distortion for *any* other synth except this.

Access came up with a wide enough range of different distortion models with enough different levels of intensity that it's pretty easy to come up with a nice, warm, biting sound.

Here's what Access say about the TI Virus:

Join the league of shadows

If Darth Vader and Batman's über-enemy Bane would form a band, this would be their ultimate stage synth. The industry Gun Metal style finish would make any Terminator's mom proud. Finally, the evil-eye style LEDs and the blood red logo light on the back scare king cobras away.

The Darkstar is based on a Virus TI Polar. The technical specifications are identical to the Virus TI Polar 2009, the color scheme of the housing does differ, as you can see.

The Gun Metal look, wood and aluminium are the main ingredients for the special edition. Perform with a Darkstar and you can be assured that your presence on stage will not fade into the void.

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