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Recommendations after Virus Ti

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:53 am
by richradio2001
hey all

I'm looking for some ideas for potential replacement of my Virus Ti.

Whilst I love the Virus I do sometimes feel its starting to sound a little dated and that it might be time to part with it. I'm looking for the following kind of feature-set

- a synth that has FAT analogue sounds (I know the virus is pretty good here) - but is there something better?
- has bright sounds, strings, pads to die for!
- Something that has a great, versatile ARP feature
- Will need a decent sized keyboard (5 octaves ideally) that can be split, i.e. multitimbral.
- well-built but not massively heavy (like the virus is!!!)
- great, intuitive, hands-on interface. I'm not into digital LED panels really, so I'm thinking VA ideally (I love the balance the Ti gives in this respect).
- price: probably no more than £1000 (can be second hand) but I would consider more if there is a good reason I should!

Any thoughts? I feel the Virus does most of the above pretty well....but it is getting old, and I'm sure there must be something out there to rival it now!

Cheers people!


:)


R.

Re: Recommendations after Virus Ti

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:26 pm
by Hybrid88
To be honest I think you'll find nothing will meet all of those requirements.

If the Virus works why change it? A synth is only as good as the programmer, you can make a 70's synth sound current if you push it in the right direction. Similarly the Virus should easily be capable of being whatever you want it to, it's pretty hard to find a more adaptable and modern sounding synth than the Virus.

That said if you feel like trying something different then go for it, but you'll have to try things out yourself to see what you like. Go to a decent music store, try as much as you can, Waldorf, Nord, Roland, Korg and see where it takes you. Keep open minded.

You might like to try out the new Roland Boutiques too if cheap knobby and analog sounding is your requirement ;)

Re: Recommendations after Virus Ti

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:36 pm
by richradio2001
thanks for the reply...


Yes....even after this short time, I'm thinking actually there is nothing better at the moment than the Virus for what I need. I probably just need to spend more time getting to grips with sound creation!


:)

Re: Recommendations after Virus Ti

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:07 pm
by Solderman
Aside from price and the multitimbral aspects, first thing I think of is the Prophet 6. I kept hearing similarities between it and the Virus when I got a chance to play one, especially for the more subtly distorted sounds.

Re: Recommendations after Virus Ti

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:18 pm
by vicd
Nothing off-the-shelf comes to mind...
Speaking used gear - your "spec" sounds like a Waldorf Q/Q-plus, or even a 61-key Supernova...

Re: Recommendations after Virus Ti

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:31 pm
by cornutt
vicd wrote:Nothing off-the-shelf comes to mind...
Speaking used gear - your "spec" sounds like a Waldorf Q/Q-plus, or even a 61-key Supernova...
When I read his spec, the first thing I thought of was the Waldorf Q.

Re: Recommendations after Virus Ti

Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:46 pm
by vicd
Well, maybe also the KingKorg and the Radikal Technologies Accelerator - but price will be an issue.

Re: Recommendations after Virus Ti

Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:16 pm
by alan partridge
JDXA. Has the thick analog sounds + pristine digital pads and strings, all mashed up together.

Re: Recommendations after Virus Ti

Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:55 pm
by Stab Frenzy
vicd wrote:Nothing off-the-shelf comes to mind...
Speaking used gear - your "spec" sounds like a Waldorf Q/Q-plus, or even a 61-key Supernova...
Yeah sounds like the Supernova to me too.

Re: Recommendations after Virus Ti

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 12:06 pm
by Ollimac73
Studiologic Sledge 2.0 ..... first thing it came in my mind, without reading your needs.

Re: Recommendations after Virus Ti

Posted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:26 am
by Stab Frenzy
Ollimac73 wrote:?..without reading your needs.
Thanks for your insightful and valued contribution.

Re: Recommendations after Virus Ti

Posted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 12:06 pm
by Ollimac73
Stab Frenzy wrote:
Ollimac73 wrote:?..without reading your needs.
Thanks for your insightful and valued contribution.
:roll:
I think my modest (good or bad) contribution was given; as a matter of fact...I wrote: Studiologic Sledge 2.0.

The rest of the sentence, it was just a "way to say" since "the needs" are so personal....but of course, if you extrapolate it ... it could sound rude; but that was not my intention. ;) and it was part of the first part of the sentence where I wrote my advice.

Sorry to take OT time, it was just to clarify.

Re: Recommendations after Virus Ti

Posted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 4:07 pm
by faun2500
Does it have to be hardware? You could get Omnishere 2, Massive and Hive and that would cover a huge amount of ground.

Re: Recommendations after Virus Ti

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:11 pm
by richradio2001
Hi

Thanks for all the thoughts.

On reflection I have decided to keep my Virus and work towards a deeper understanding of patch creation with it....

Thanks all


Richard

Re: Recommendations after Virus Ti

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:44 pm
by meatballfulton
richradio2001 wrote:On reflection I have decided to keep my Virus and work towards a deeper understanding of patch creation with it....
Usually the best choice =D>