An advanced keyboard, synth, and production instrument for the modern musician.
The Access Virus TI offers the freedom of software synthesis, the power of computer connectivity, and independent hardware portability and control. It has 61 semi-weighted keys with velocity sensitivity and aftertouch. The dual DSP engine serves up 512 RAM and 2048 ROM patches with 80-stereo-voice polyphony (average) as well as a powerful array of oscillators, filters, LFOs, envelopes, and effects. You also get a per-patch programmable arpeggiator and studio-grade 24-bit/192kHz audio conversion. The Virus TI Keyboard links to your computer with VirusControl, a companion software product which ports the hardware synth into a host sequencer for use as a sample-accurate VST/AU instrument, simultaneously offering 2-way audio and MIDI connectivity, control surface functionality, editor and librarian functions, and more.
Totally Integrated Synthesizer
A scalable USB link connects the Virus to a Mac or PC for total integration of synth and studio. The VirusControl plug-in automatically detects and connects the synth, ensuring a hassle-free configuration every time.
From inside a host application, the plug-in enables the Virus hardware to appear as a multichannel VST/AU soft-synth with up to 4 sub-mixes (or 2 stereo). Access' proprietary driver technology makes Virus TI the world's first hardware synthesizer with sample-accuracy timing and a delay-compensated audio/MIDI connection.
Seamless interconnectivity also provides a real benefit in the software sequencer environment. All multi-timbral sounds and settings used for a project are stored within it with the plug-in, for snapshot total recall, plus editor and librarian functions with no SysEx or 3rd party software hassles.
The Virus hardware is also well-equipped to capitalize on the power of Total Integration. With 24-bit/192KHz balanced analog, S/PDIF I/O and MIDI in and out ports, the new Virus is well-suited for use as the main audio and MIDI I/O center for your entire rig. These functions are especially practical for the laptop studio, offering an unmatched range of features and capabilities from one product.
Additionally, a Remote Mode allows the Virus hardware to become a control surface for any MIDI-capable device or software, mapping each of the 33 knobs to a specific MIDI message. TI ships with a great selection of templates and includes 32-user memories for custom controller maps. It's a powerful addition that greatly increases the value of the synth's studio footprint.
The Legendary Sound of Access: Evolved
For Total Integration the power and performance of the synth engine have been taken to new extremes thanks to a newly optimized core which delivers unprecedented performance. For starters, polyphony is more than doubled, to 80 voices under average conditions.
Alongside the award-winning Virus oscillator models, two completely new types have been added. First is the real Wavetable oscillator model. This unique algorithm can blend waves to create evolving motion or switch between them to create gritty lo-fi textures.
The amazing HyperSaw model can generate up to 9x the number of saws without using 9x the required polyphony. In fact, its polyphony is comparable to that of a single voice saw oscillator. With 2 Oscillators, each playing 9 main plus 9 subs (36 oscillators per key), you can still enable Unison mode and get impressive polyphonic results. In one test, we calculated over 2000 simultaneous saws! Now imagine all this, through Access' award winning filters, including MiniMoog cascade emulation, shaping raw, pulsating WaveTables or insanely fat HyperSaws. With these features, the Virus has never done more or sounded better.
The Mod Matrix has also been expanded to 6 sources with three destinations each (18 routings total) for greater real-time control and patch programming freedom. The new Knob Quantize Mode syncs the effect of real-time or sequenced parameter changes to a pre-selected clock interval. Changes are updated on the selected pulse and held until the next, resulting in staggered parameter movements like those produced by a step sequencer.
New and existing Virus owners will love the addition of a programmable arpeggiator! Users can create and store their own rhythmic pattern in every patch.
Enhanced with adbanced power and resources, Multi Mode embeds 16 patches for self-contained sounds you can tweak and transform without overwriting your singles or affecting other Multi programs. Use it to build impressive layers, splits, or poly-arps for performance or recording. A mode for use with sequencers is also provided, emulating the classic Multi which loads sounds from within the single banks.
In either case, the complete sound engine is always available to each Multi part, including dedicated delay and separate reverb fx for all 16 sounds. In effect, the full Virus TI single modes is replicated 16 times!
Optimization from the Ground Up
Besides adding great convergence and synth engine features, Total Integration is built around a major hardware platform upgrade, sporting a complete redesign inside and out.
A large white graphic display shows multiple parameters at the same time which can be edited using three Soft Knobs. Keyboard models feature an illuminated logo on the I/O panel (it looks great, and even pulses in sync with the tempo for other musicians or the audience to enjoy).
Also new in the hardware, a Tap Tempo button helps live Virus musicians stay in sync with drummers and turntablists using a sophisticated algorithm based on Access' SyncXtreme technology.
How is it all possible?
Inside, a Dual-DSP core delivers stellar performance with super-low latency. TI also employs studio-grade converters with 192 Khz/24-bit D/A. These are paired with +4 dB balanced inputs and outputs and a switchable soft limiting algorithm, and accompanied by S/PDIF digital stereo output and input as well. The onboard USB port is compatible with USB 2 specifications and works with USB and Hi-Speed USB devices and peripherals. For easy access to all these new jacks, the entire I/O panel of the TI desktop model can be rotated 90 degrees so the interface is on the rear panel. The 4U Rack mounting kit is also included with the desktop model.
Last but certainly not least, the onboard memory has been drastically expanded: 512 RAM patches and 2048 (rewritable) ROM patches plus space for 16 self-contained Multi Mode programs described above.
- 61 keys with velocity sensitivity and aftertouch
- 2 pedal inputs
- White graphic display
- Illuminated logo at the back
- Wood side panels
- 6 Symmetrical outs with +4dB studio level
- Optional Soft Limiting for every output
- 192 Khz/24bit D/A converters
- 2 Inputs with 24-bit A/D converters
- 4 different input sensitivities
- USB for audio, midi and data connection
- USB2 compatible device, 12Mbit data transfer rate
- S/PDIF In/Out for Digital I/O.
- Dedicated headphone out
- 39.2"W x 4.6"H x 14.6"D
Virus TI Totally Integrated Synthesizer Keyboard Specifications:
- Line voltage: 100-240V AC
Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, single phase
Maximum continuous power: 30W
Operating temperature: 50 to 95 F (10 to 35 C)
Storage temperature: -40 to 116 F (-40 to 47 C)
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
Maximum altitude: 10,000 feet