November 11, 2004
../ New Access Virus TI Line Debuts
Access Music, a German synthesizer company, announced a brand new line of their famed Virus line, dubbed TI. Three completely brand new
synths, completely redesigned inside and out, will be available with a groundbreaking new technology called VirusControl that allows a host
sequencer program to interact with the hardware synths as if it were a soft synth plug-in.
Of the dozens of improvements, the VirusControl will standout not only as an innovation for Access, but for hardware synthesizers the world
over. This new technology, which many manufacturers have attempted and then deemed impossible with today's current technology, allows the new
TI to appear as a real-time multi-channel VST/AU soft-synth with up to four mono sub mixes or two stereo pairs via USB 2.0. Access claims the
low-latency connections have sample accurate timing and a delay compensation algorithm for the MIDI/Audio connection.
Other improvements include increased polyphony, two new oscillator types, a per-patch programmable arpeggiator, 24 bit/192kHz balanced analog
and S/PDIF In/Out, as well as RemoteMode that turns the Virus knobs and sliders into a controller for hardware or software MIDI compatible
The two new oscillators include HyperSaw, that can stack 9 parallel sawtooth oscillators and 9 subs into a mega sound source, and a real
Wavetable oscillator which can blend wavesforms to create mutating pads, moving washes and lo-fi textures. Onboard memory as also been
significantly increased with 512 RAM patches and 2048 ROM patches which are rewritable.
The all white PØLAR model is a visual stunner. The 37 key model has velocity and aftertouch, aluminum side panes and an illuminated
logo on the back (like the Apple Computer logo on their laptops). It looks like something that Luke Skywalker may have jammed with when he was
on the snow planet Hoth in Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back. Just gorgeous.
The Future: Just when most hardware manufacturers have decided to discontinue most of their hardware synths, Access announces these
beauties. If these units sound half as good as they look, then we'll be hearing a lot from this new TI line in the future.
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