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ACCESSible VIRUS - clarification

Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:01 pm
by william
I am currently mixing up my gear - buying and selling to keep it fresh.

Just wondering about the ACCESS VIRUS series: I have been checking out the odd used TI - I understand the appeal of having digital audio avail through the USB port - an obvious thumbs up.

I know that the Virus is one of the most popular synthesizers on the planet within the past 15 years or whatever.
It seems to me primarily used in pop/dance stuff, and trance.

Why is it that, even though these things have some really interesting routing and programming capabilities, and something like a few THOUSANDS of onboard program memories, I always seem to hear the same 4 or 5 sounds from them (on YTube videos, etc.)

It sounds like a real 1 trick pony. That can't be right........can it?

I never seem to hear anything with longer envelopes, more evolving, more expansive, more complex timbres or with movement, etc.

I'd love to hear any of your experiences with this.



Re: ACCESSible VIRUS - clarification

Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:50 pm
by Solderman
I seem to recall Jexus on his website making a similar observation and came to the conclusion that even if you are not devoted to it, its flexibility is what makes it handy for more generic uses, while other VA's will handle the extremes better.

I've owned a Virus b for nearly 14 years now and it's definitely not a one trick pony, although I would say it can't fool the trained ear into sounding analogue either. It has its own thing and the upgraded versions over the years have never really changed its sonic character, just added to it, so they recognize the sound itself has always been one of the primary marketable draws. Sound too muffled? Add some distortion. Sound too harsh? Add some Analogue Boost. The Virus C and beyond has EQ handy etc. The great thing for me is all of these so-called workarounds to the stock sound are high quality features in and of themselves that I have come to adore. Says alot for explaining the faithful fanbase of this line of instruments. And when you aren't using the synth engine, it makes a handy effects processor and fairly decent vocoder.

Re: ACCESSible VIRUS - clarification

Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:11 am
by tallowwaters
I had a TI Polar for some time, and I was always impressed by the depth of sounds I could create (most certainly not a one trick pony). It would certainly be in my list for top VA that does much more than bland a*s analog emulation.

What did bother me enough to eventually sell it was a seemingly muffled bandwidth in the mid-upper mids that rendered all the grainwave/wavetable evolving pads fairly flat and pointless.

Maybe I'm just weird or 1/2 deaf, so your mileage may vary.

Re: ACCESSible VIRUS - clarification

Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:57 pm
by meatballfulton
It seems to me primarily used in pop/dance stuff, and trance.
You could say that about a lot of synths, actually... :?

Like tallow wrote, there is a "darkness" to the Virus which is actually a good thing for folks who find VAs too bright.

You have to dig in to get beyond the trendy sounds the Virus is known for. If you only use the front panel knobs you're missing 50% of the synth engine.

As far as motion and evolving sounds, that always requires flexible modulations and the Virus has plenty although it requires menu diving.