Access Virus TI2 Keyboard

61-key Analog Modeling Synthesizer and 24-bit/192kHz Audio/MIDI Interface
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Access Steps Up The Renowned Virus!

The Access Virus TI2 Keyboard synthesizer takes the revered Virus TI to the next level, boasting 25% more calculating power, a more robust onboard effects section, a lighter weight, and a completely redesigned housing. At the heart of the Virus TI2 Keyboard is the new OS3 which comes with new effects - Frequency Shifter, Tape Delay, new Distortions, and Character. What's more, it now includes the enhanced Virus Control 3.0 plug-in, giving you even deeper control of the synthesizer and your many presets. Already a known Ferrari of a synth, expect even more from the Access Virus TI2 Keyboard.

Access Virus TI2 Keyboard 61-key Synthesizer at a Glance:
  • The "Ferrari" Just Got Better
  • Robust effects section, with new TI2 effects
  • Total Integration - enhanced Virus Control 3.0 plug-in
  • 3 main oscillators and one sub-oscillator per voice
  • Two fully independent filters and 2-dimensional modulation matrix
  • Each patch contains its own arpeggiator pattern
  • Premium redesigned enclosure, lighter in weight

The "Ferrari" Just Got Better
Access somehow managed to improve on the revered Virus TI system, taking the "Ferrari" to the next level of performance - and TI computer integration. With a lighter, redesigned enclosure, a bolstered effects section, and an enhanced Virus Control 3.0 plug-in - plus all the staples that made the Virus the famous powerhouse - the Virus TI2 Keyboard is truly the culmination of Access's 12-year triathlon of sound research, distillation of user input, and their simple desire to create an exceptional instrument.

Robust effects section, with new TI2 effects
The new Access Virus TI2 Keyboard features an even more powerful effects section, bringing studio-favorite effects to the live performance realm. In addition to phaser, chorus/flanger, ring modulator/shifter, EQ, and a global vocoder, onboard are a new Tape Delay effect, a Frequency Shifter, and new Distortions. There's also a new Character effect, which lets you shape the timbre of the Virus's sound and its fit in the mix, using Analog Boost, Vintage 1/2/3, Pad Opener, Lead Enhancer, Bass Enhancer, or Stereo Widener "Characters."

Total Integration - enhanced Virus Control 3.0 plug-in
The TI in the Virus TI2 Keyboard stands for Total Integration with your DAW - and Access has heightened that integration, with the Access Virus TI2 line. With the new Virus Control 3.0 plug-in, you have enhanced control over your Virus TI2, right inside your DAW. There's also an even more robust presets manager, so you can organize, sort, search, and tweak - as quickly as you want to work.

3 main oscillators and one suboscillator per voice
The Access Virus TI2 Keyboard features three main oscillators and one sub-oscillator per voice. Each main oscillator can be made up of various oscillator types, including Hyper Saw (a multi saw-tooth oscillator with up to 9 stacked oscillators, 9 sub oscillators, and a sync oscillator at the same time), Classic Virtual Analog oscillators (saw, variable pulse, sine, triangle, 62 spectral waves with several FM modes), Graintable, Wavetable (with 100 multi-index wavetables), and Format oscillators

Two fully independent filters and 2-dimensional modulation matrix
You can use two fully independent filters with the Access Virus TI2 Keyboard - lowpass, highpass, bandpass, and bandstop) while using an optional saturation module between both filter blocks. The saturation module can add one of several distortions and lo-fi effects, or an additional low/highpass filter. There's also optional self-resonating Moog cascade filter simulation, with circuit overload and 1-4 poles. What's more, the Access Virus TI2 Keyboard offers a 2-dimensional modulation matrix, with 6 slots (1 source and 3 modulation targets each), and you can modulate parameters in real-time.

Each patch contains its own arpeggiator pattern
Every patch onboard the Access Virus TI2 keyboard features its own arpeggiator pattern with 32 programmable steps (length and velocity can be adjusted per step) and a global control for swing/shuffle timing and for note lengths. You can control all of this using the modulation matrix.

Premium redesigned enclosure, lighter in weight
The new Access Virus TI2 Keyboard retains is classy look, with aluminum and wood side panels - all designed, engineered, and built in Germany. It also features a lighter weight, so the Virus TI2 Keyboard is even more prepared for the stage.

Access Virus TI2 Keyboard 61-key Synthesizer Features:
  • New Effects, including Tape Delay, Frequency Shifter, new Distortions, and Character
  • 25% more calculating power than Virus TI, and completely redesigned housing
  • Dual DSP system with over 80 stereo voices under average load. (Load depends on which oscillator / filter model has been chosen).
  • Virus Control 3.0 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 TI's 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 (that's over 1800 stereo oscillators @ 100 voices!).
  • Independent delay and reverb for all 16 multi mode slots.
  • 129 parallel effects. There is reverb and delay, chorus, phaser, ring modulator, distortion, 3 band EQ and the Analog Boost bass enhancer.
  • 2 multi-mode filters (HP, LP, BP, BS) and the Analog Filter (modeled after the MiniMoog cascade filter with 6-24 dB Slope and self-oscillation).
  • Dedicated remote mode turns the Virus TI into an universal remote control for VST / AU plug-ins and external synthesizers.
  • 6 balanced outputs with +4 dB level and switchable soft limiting algorithm. Studio grade 192 khz D/A converters with S/PDIF digital I/O. 2x24 bit inputs. Surround sound capabilities
  • Tap tempo button. The algorithm is based on Access' Sync Xtreme technology.
  • Programmable arpeggiator pattern for every patch.
  • Knob quantize for creating stepped controller movements. The stepping automatically syncs to the Virus clock or an incoming MIDI clock.
  • 3 LFOs with 68 waveforms to choose from.
  • 2 super fast ADSTR envelopes.
  • Extended memory: 512 RAM patches and 2048 ROM patches (rewritable).
  • Adaptive control smoothing for jitter-free modulations on all important parameters.
  • Multi mode with embedded patches.
  • Compatible with USB 2.0 specifications, USB and High-Speed USB devices.
  • Premium quality light-weighted keyboard with 61 keys, velocity response and aftertouch.
  • 2 pedal inputs.
The Access Virus TI2 Keyboard takes the renowned Virus TI synthesizer to the next level!

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Analog Modeling
Number of Keys 61
Type of Keys Semi-weighted
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Polyphony 20 Notes-90 Notes (Depending On the Patch)
Number of Presets 512 RAM Patches, 3328 ROM Sounds
Number of Effects 192
Effects Types Reverb, Chorus, Delay, Phaser, EQ, Ring Mod
Arpeggiator Yes
Audio Inputs 2 x TS
Audio Outputs 6 x TS, 1 x TRS (Headphones)
Digital Inputs 1 x S/PDIF
Digital Outputs 1 x S/PDIF
USB 1 x Type B
MIDI I/O In/Out/Thru/USB
Pedal Inputs 1 x Hold, 1 x Control
Power Supply Included
Height 4.6"
Width 39.2"
Depth 14.6"
Weight 30.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Virus TI2 Key

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Virus? No not the flue, a TI-2

I play 7 different synths. Novations,Moogs, Korgs, even a Casio... The most amazing is my Virus. From Ambient to flat out EDM this is the most versatile, the one to go to for anything from big leads, to soft backup sounds. It does have a learning curve, But once you get it, you got it and will never go back life without one again. Not only is it packed with sounds, you can change any sound with all the controls, or buy a never ending stream of new sounds. This is the dream machine, the love of my keyboard life... the best part, its so adjustable you can program a new synth anytime you need one!!! I pair a Moog Slim Phatty with it for the full on to die for Dance Music
Music background: Solo EDM artist
5/5

The best Virtual Analog synth

I've worked with many virtual analog synths over the years, but the Virus TI series is by far the absolute best in both terms of sound quality and programmability. It's the only VA that fits the mix perfectly alongside my Studio Electronics Code 8 and Alesis Andromeda A6. If you want that warm, lush Moog sound it will do that perfectly. If you want spacey drones, crisp plucks, or the wobbly Boards of Canada sound, it does all of those perfectly as well. I credit the excellent Shark DSP's in this synth. They are the same DSP's used in Strymon hardware. Another thing worth noting is the keys on this synth are the BEST of any synth. You will never find keys of this quality on any plastic USB midi controller. The Aftertouch pressure is perfect too!
Music background: Producer
5/5

Access Virus Ti2

I have the Ti2 Desktop and i love the power and the convenience of the Multi-Timbral setup. the Effects are so easy to get to..I love the fact that it has EQ for each part..that's a must for some parts are too bassy and that EQ just creates a balance in the overall song. Nothing can come close to this All purpose Synth...I love it.
Music background: Experimental Movie Background Music
5/5

Must have synthesizer for any keyboardist!!!

I was convinced to buy this after playing with the polar at my school, however the ti2 keyboard version is even better. Something about having the keys in front of me and the knobs right there makes this an all purpose synthesizer. On the surface for beginner sound designers you can still make INCREDIBLE sounds. But if you know what you're doing or have even a basic understanding of synthesis then the sonic possibilities are endless. Called the Ferrari of synths for a reason, because it is sexy! Especially this limited edition version with the gun metal black and wood panelling. Rapidly has become my new favorite synthesizer for producing and live!
Music background: Sound Designer, Producer, Keyboardist in PINN PANELLE,
4.5/5

Not perfect, but still the best.

I've owned and used many synthesizers, including those by Access, Novation, Waldorf, Elektron, Moog, etc.. In comparison, the TI2 is by far the most powerful and flexible synthesizer I own. The build quality is miles ahead of most other manufacturers. All knobs and buttons, 1/4" jacks, etc... solid and feel like quality. The keybed itself is exceptional. I use my TI2 as the master keyboard in my studio. The synth engine is deceptively powerful: at first glance it may look like a polyphonic Minimoog... until you discover the multiple osc types: AM, FM, Subtractive, Wavetable, Formant, and more.... The dual filters and moog ladder emulation are infinitely more useful than a single multi-mode affair. The mod matrix takes the virus into quasi modular territory, with many sources and destinations available. A side note re: the synthesis engine; HYPERSAW. Have you ever wondered how dance producers are making those larger than life pad and comping sounds? This is how. Do you want to know what 80 detuned, phase-shifted, and panned sawtooth oscillators sound like in unison? OMG. This synth was made for big anthemic tracks. Then there is the extensive fx section. Multiple types of overdrive and distortion, multiple delay algorithms, multiple choruses, reverbs, phasors, flangers, comb filters, vocoder, etc... The effects are not your average cheap afterthoughts. They sound just as great as any outboard hardware rack. The sound of the Virus? Very low/mid-forward. High frequencies seem veiled, and the oscillators do suffer from aliasing in the upper octaves. This is easily remedied by the Charater section of the virus, which models the frequency responses of other classic synths. Also, there are non-aliasing versions of classic osc shapes in the wavetable section. This is my favorite synth of all time. It ends up on almost every electronic track I do. The synth is incredibly easy to tweak and the OVER 8000 presets can easily be accessed from the Virus Control software. I only gave 4.5 stars because there are some issues: The total integration software glitches at times and the ARP sync and midi timing is unreliable when using the TI software. The built-in audio interface is only USB 1.0... it can be slow, and sometimes gives off pops and clicks (I use mine with a 2014 iMac running mavericks, and a 2013 MacBook pro running snow leopard.) Lastly, I frequently run out of polyphony when using the TI in multitimbral mode. Using complex patches, I can usually squeeze out four tracks before the virus begins dropping notes. All said, the TI2 is still the most advanced VA synth I have ever played. It is so inspiring and versatile that I have sold many of my other synths out of redundancy (Nord Lead 2x, Waldorf Q, Moog Sub Phatty). You won't regret this one.
Music background: Producer, Tracking/mixing Engineer.

Sweetwater Advice

Mike Hammond

Virus hardware synthesizers are awesome. They are musically and sonically infectious. A must-have synth for those who seek huge sound and sonic bliss for all the electronic music genres.

Carson McClain

The Virus TI2 Keyboard is the absolute pinnacle of synthesizer technology to date. I've used many synths from vintage to modern and cannot find another line of instruments that compare to these. When you're ready to graduate to the best synthesizer on the planet, go for the Virus TI. Need proof? Go to any concert and look at their synth rig.
See also: Access, Access Synthesizers