Access Limited Edition Virus TI2 Dark Star

37-key Analog Modeling Synthesizer and 24-bit/192kHz USB Audio/MIDI Interface - LTD Edition "Dark Star" Color
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The Access Virus TI2 Dark Star 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 Dark Star 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 Dark Star.

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 Dark Star 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.

The new Access Virus TI2 Dark Star 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."

The TI in the Virus TI2 Dark Star 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.

The Access Virus TI2 Dark Star 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

You can use two fully independent filters with the Access Virus TI2 Dark Star - 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 Dark Star offers a 2-dimensional modulation matrix, with 6 slots (1 source and 3 modulation targets each), and you can modulate parameters in real-time.

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.

The new Access Virus TI2 Dark Star retains is classy look - all designed, engineered, and built in Germany. It also features a lighter weight, so the Virus TI2 Dark Star is even more prepared for the stage.

Access Virus TI2 Dark Star 37-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.
  • Great synth-action keyboard with 37 keys, velocity response, and aftertouch.
  • 2 pedal inputs.
The Access Virus TI2 Dark Star takes the renowned Virus TI synthesizer to the next level!

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Analog Modeling
Number of Keys 37
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 4.4"
Width 22.3"
Depth 13.2"
Weight 18.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Virus TI2 Polar Darkstar

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Efficient work of art!

This synth has been the perfect addition to my studio. I already have the Motif XS as my Workstation/Romper for realistic sounds, The Sub 37 and Prophet-6 for my analog, and now the addition of the Virus for VA/ crazy modulation/ experimental sounds. This synth really is easy to use, especially after learning subtractive synthesis on the other analogs. Virus Control took about an hour to trouble shoot to get up and running in Logic, but really it was my fault for not reading all of the instructions before using it and adjusting the settings correctly as I couldn't wait to use it. My advice, download the old Virus TI manual from the Virus website and go through the tutorials, as the Quick Start manual that comes with the TI2 doesn't give any exercises to get used to the synth. So, how does it sound? I think I'll leave the pads to the Prophet-6, but really besides that this machine can't be surpassed. The ease of use and the ability to think of an idea and program it while thinking as second to none. Also, the 3 LFOs per part and the 6 modulation slots give so many additional tweaking possibilities. I also would like to thank Brendan Murphy, who has been my Sweetwater rep for over a decade as he is always very helpful and answers all questions quicker than my own family responds to emails. A main reason why I always come back to Sweetwater for all of my purchases. Anyways, I can't really say anything wrong about this synth and am sure to never let it go. After all this time this is my first review and its because oo being completely blown away. I wanted this synth for a long time, but kept waiting for the "TI3" to come out, but it never did, and even if it does now, their is not much I could see them adding besides a faster processor for more voices and a USB 3. So really, nothing I would notice as I like recording out of the main outs (seems to sound better) and I really only use 1-6 parts out of the 16 so I don't lose notes. This one is as close to perfect as I've seen!!!
4.5/5

Unbelievable Sounds Through Superior Capability!

Quite frankly the quality of the Virus TI2 speaks for itself! The Dark Star "flavor" is a nice touch. My only complaint is that they do not have this exact same setup (absolutely exact) on a 61 Key. I realize that they do have the alternate models but would like the EXACT set-up, plus some "midi learn" faders added. Just dreaming, I guess! Great customer service from Evan Mulvihill also! Worked with him before and will continue to do so. Cheers GH
Music background: Home Studio Producer-in-Training

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

Modern man has achieved many things in his time on earth: Fire, the wheel, electricity, television, the moon landing, computers, and most important of all....... The VIRUS!! Push the sonic boundries, destroy any barriers (physical or mental) that you have with one push of a key. The sonic capability of a Virus synth is lightyears beyond most synthesizers, and is still unrivaled by any other synth on the planet. Stop playing games, stop asking questions. The Access Limited Edition Virus TI2 Polar Darkstar is the be-all, end-all synthesizer of modern Earth.
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