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.
This is my first choice for synths right now. 37 keys are just enough for live and studio especially if you have as much gear as me. The sounds on the new TI are sick, mean, and beautiful all at the same time. This monster will satisfy all of you electroheads out there who yearn for the best sound on the planet.
It's like some sort of legal intoxicant
It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.
The Greatest 'programmers' Synthesizer ever made
Yeah, I know, that is quite a claim but there is a reason I have gone so far as to make that claim. The Virus IS a synthesizer. It IS made for electronic music. It is NOT trying to be something other than what it is and as far as synthesizers go, it is the king of the hill. It is NOT a rompler, it doesn't mimic orchestral strings, brass, woodwinds, pianos flutes or trumpets...it is a true blue, down and dirty classic synthesizer for the sound designer who makes electronic music and wants a plethora of oscillators to start their journey with. If you want to recreate a String Legatto from an orchestra or flute trill, well, get one of the many ROM based workstations out there like a Jupiter 80 or Korg M3 or Kronos but if you make electronic, dance or ambient and want to create your OWN sounds then you want a SYNTH and the Virus is THE synth to get first.. this is the one you have heard on every electronic dance record from the last 15 years, starting with the Virus A and going forward. Name one major electronic artist and I can say in a most educated way that they have probably used the Virus on one of their major releases if not more. That is not to say if you get a virus you will sound like every other major artist, though. Nothing could be further from the truth (unless you use the sometimes very cliched presets found on the Virus, then yes, you will)
but the virus allows you to escape those conventions.
Come on , 16 part multi-timbrality with 20-90 voices? How can you NOT create your own sound with it?
Find any other synth on the market that offers that plus the ease of use and program-ability of the Virus range! It doesn't exist. For example, the new VA synths coming from M-Audio (venom) Novation (Ultra-Nova) or Roland (Gaia) or Korg (name your Korg VA) cannot touch the Virus in terms of sound sculpting capabilities, pure oscillator sound or per part stacking power or multi timbral ability. You will pay half the cost of a TI snow in one of the others and get 1/50th of the synth that just the TI snow alone is and in two years, be bored with the synth and wanting to sell it. Take it from the voice of experience here. Seriously.
I own the Ti desktop and I am going to get another one, it is that good.
I have NEVER wanted to own two of the same synth, ever in all my years, until I worked with the Virus. It is THAT good and THAT easy to use/programmable and full of variety in sound sculpting capabilities.
The reason I am getting another is I like to stack the hell out of the presets in Multi-Mode and build these immensely massive ambient pad combinations. By the time I am done, I have run out of voices...ha ha...but I assure you, nothing on the planet sounds like it (well, Maybe Alchemy or Stylenth can come kind of close to mimicking what the virus can do, but they are 'in the box' VST instruments and have their limitations while the virus often seems limitless). Now don't get me wrong, these kinds of soft-synths are great for what they do and can sound beautiful, especially for the price but the are NOT the Virus because they don' t have the raw, basic, start at the oscillator level kind of programability that a Virus does. Ever have those days when you just don't want to sit at the computer and write a song or have to open a DAW just to make sounds? Me too. You just want want to design those killer sounds that you will use in the song the next time you fire up the DAW. The Virus allows you to skip the computer for a while, and do just that. I sit in the easy chair and just twirl away and build these beautifully complex, evolving soundscapes for hours and never touch the computer. If and when I feel like incorporating the Virus into the DAW, well it does it better than any other hardware synth I have ever had.
The Virus is so fun to use, that before you know it, you have taxed it's resources and are upset you have run out of DSP but the grat thing is, unlike your laptop, it won't crash.. Not to worry, it has a beautiful way of 'voice stealing' that really makes it unnoticeable once you've reached its limit.
I love this synthesizer to death.
If you go to the plethora of sample sites out there on the web selling loops and layers, I can almost guarantee that a vast majority of them have used the Virus to generate their sample sets.
No other synth sounds like it, yet it sounds like no other synth. It is certainly no 'Rompler' and its sound will never be outdated cause it sounds like nothing else, yet CAN get pretty close sounding like everything else. Honestly the only thing I venture to say it won't do really well is the seriously raw analog stuff like you will get out of say a Prophet 08 or any other purely analog synth but it can mimic them pretty well and do things they could NEVER achieve. (SIC the virus is just too smooth IMO to sound truly analog) but seriously, it can do everything else and do it well. It all depends on YOU and how you Program it and that is the great part of this machine. IT is beautiful to program. I can sit down with it and just get lost inside of its beauty, for hours and hours on end, stacking, morphing, creating. Its ease of use (not to mention excellent included editor Virus control) make it a work of art.
I have owned many synths and samplers in my 45 years on this planet. OB-8, MemoryMoog, SH-101, Juptiter-4, JP-8000, Alesis Micron, Waldorf Q, PPG Wave, Prophet Vector, Ensoniq ASR-10, Ensoniq Mirage, Emu E5000 and NONE, I mean NONE of them individually could ever be the 'bread and butter' all rounder machine the Virus is. yeah, they were all great in their own rights, but they were just what they were and it didn't make them so great that they were indefinite keepers. The Virus on the other hand, is a synth I will have forever and NEVER sell, it is THAT good.
Work with a Virus and you will wonder how you ever lived without one.
Roland and Korg seat down and learn from Access
The best thing about this synth is that you can actually use it and have control over every function at a glance. Roland and Korg products are not user friendly, they always have this "magic knob" that does the "cool thing" but you never get to experience 90% of the unit, you buy a package of features but to really use them you will suffer a pain.
Access open up the synth for you in a very elegant way, they DO care about the people (not costumers) using the equipment. The workflow of the software is so easy that even Apple could take some note too.
Ages that I didn't see and use a software so clear to make me do such complex functions and being able to see clearly the entire structure while getting the amazing results I was looking for. The video tutorials at the Access web site are amazing.
What ever Virus you get you will enjoy and you will get %100 of your investment, not %5 or %15 but %100.
No better synth for your workflow
The best synth ever! The plugin is great, the synth is familiar from the previous B and C that I've owned. Synth makers could really learn something from Access music. Don't re-invent the wheel with every new product. Improve on your previous version! What the Minimoog is to Analog, the Virus is to Digital. I use it as my main keyboard and I must say that I'd prefer the 61 key model to the 37 for my main keyboard. I've left 0.5 available for the improvements access will make on their next model....