Synth Site: Access: Virus Ti Polar: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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cosmic indifference a hobbyist user from Regulus writes:
Well, I had a Ti desktop that wouldn't switch on properly and kept blue screening. I took it back to the shop and changed it for another which works perfectly and I have no trouble with it whatsoever. I used to have a Virus C and the Ti is much easier to use and has more tones and colour. The Ti is a step further down the digital path in terms of sound and that's fine by me if it sounds this good. The factory patches are quite exotic and unusable and most are just there to show off it's abilities and get people to buy it but when you program it yourself you get to hear some truly stunning sounds. Three words? Smooth, inspiring, beautiful.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-17-2006 at 11:11
novarozzer a professional user from greek writes:
Hi, all I can say is WOW! great synth, cool wavetables, sexy and well built, the knobs are fun to screw. however, it's not only good things I have to report. I need that thing to work, omg and it's real hard work, not much freetime and my girlfriend is disappointed because of that :-( Okay, I have to work with it, and that thing really disturbs your workflow. Crashes, loud clicks and pops, bluescreens, arp out of sync. it's just like what you can read in everywhere. I couldn't believe what I've read, so I ordered it, not it's just what people report everywhere.

+incredible sound +build like a tank

-stability -arp out of sync -price -support (sometimes, you have to wait up to 5 days, sometimes, they don't answer you at all)

go for it if you wanna use it as a preset bitch only, else wait a year or so to explore whether they manage to fix that bugs... 3 points

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-16-2006 at 03:00
playthespaces a professional user from United States writes:
Wow - you guys are awfully hard on this synth!

I upgraded my Virus C to the Polar TI. What led me to upgrade was the incredible promise of integration that the TI brings. The ability to have the TI as the center of your soft synth universe is very cool My intention is to use the TI live with my Powerbook and a bunch of soft synths. The TI gives you a great 44k/48k audio interface and full midi capabilities over one USB cord - that's some breakthrough stuff IMO!!

In addition to the integration, the sound of the TI is intense! I also own a MiniMoog and I must say that the TI Moog filter emulation is closer than any VA I've ever heard. The TI filters are among the best I've ever heard. The Oberheim patches bring back memories of my Matrix and the OB-8, they sound fat and have the Tom Oberheim sound. In addition, Access did a great job on Roland style sounds - great analog brass sounds and perfect emulations of the Lyle Mays Super JX leads and Pat Metheny's Roland guitar synth.

The effects are much improved from the C. The delay sounds great and the phaser, chorus and reverb are also excellent. The effects alone are enough to put my nord Lead 3 up for sale and focus on the Virus!

I haven't yet messed with the hypersaws. Nor do I use arpeggiators so I can't say much about them.

Now the disappointing - the integration, at this time, is buggy. It works great with some apps like Reason, sporadic on Arturia MiniMoog (which is buggy anyway and has zero support from Arturia), and it doesn't work at all on the Korg Legacy stuff. However, based on my past experience, I trust Access to step up to the plate and get these issues resolved, at least the ones they can control. I suspect the Arturia and Korg issues may be beyond their control, which is unfortunate since both companies have pathetic support.

In summary, the sound is incredible, the promise of TI is forward thinking, but there are bugs to be worked out. In my opinion it is one of the best synthesizers available today! 5 stars.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-04-2006 at 21:59
nvisibl writes:
This is the best piece of kit i've ever owned. The sound is an inspiration, the interface is easy, the USB operation is good. Its solid as far as my usage is concerned. USBCubase XS3WinXP

Granted some people are having issues with the integration aspects but what do you expect with bleeding edge technology?

The Polar is sexier than my rather sexy chick.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-03-2006 at 20:16
bosti a professional user from slovenia writes:
Do you want a review of TI?

So I want it so much, when I got it I want it to refused it (because of some thiny errors), when I used it, believe me it's no reason to sell it for double price. TI is one of best and nice looking synths on the market. ...you get top quality at very good price...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-28-2006 at 03:29
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