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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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noone a part-time user from none writes:
awesome. nothing better. period.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-27-2002 at 12:32
Disease a professional user writes:
the rack version is basicly a virus a, not a b. and it has less poly. but to be honest, i thogut hte a was pretty good too. but remember, its for bass, buzzy sounds and stuff liek that. its not good a pads.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-24-2001 at 13:11
disease a professional user from usa writes:
virus doesnt suck, it jsut costs to much for what it does, cannot make sounds on the high end freq that sound good, and is nto a good pad machine. it does bass and stabby techno stuff ok, but when the resonance is used. blech. digital. i take the nord lead resonance of this things any day, and its a hell of a lot cheaper.

i say save your cash, buy a juno 106, mks50, matrix 1000, and a jupiter 6. that runs about the same as the virus kb!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-20-2001 at 02:01
Mike a professional user from USA writes:
Hmmm... Bugs in the OS? "Difficult" OS? Uhhh... the OS consists of a few menus and gobs and gobs of knobs. And the good folks at access update it VERY regularly. I have never encountered any bug of any note. In fact, my only problem with the synth was a bad stick of RAM. Access US fixed it in a day (for free) and sent it back. Heck, they even paid for the shipping

Just downloaded OS 4.51, and it is amazing. They did the unthinkable and flushed the demo song and replaced it with 512 more patches. God bless those German synth heads!

I actually was once a proud owner of a Juno 106 and a Nord 1 (and yeah, I paid through the nose for one back in '95). I now own a AN150 (a Yamaha AN1X synth on a card) in my Motif 7. ESL studios here in DC has a JP-8000. These are all outstanding instruments, more than capable of giving you all the tweaky VA love you need. But Skanker hit it spot on... this little beast has a much wider sonic pallet than any other synth remotely in its class. I hate to sound rude, but if you cannot make it sound good, do not blame the instrument. The MIDI control of this instrument is nothing short of amazing... you can sync darn near every parameter. And the best thing about it is that I have rarely ever had to crack the manual. The only other instrument I have found easier to work with is the Nord 1... but the Virus is far more flexible and packs a much bigger sonic punch.

The effects section should be commended as well. The groove delay is a very powerful effect; the stage phasers are a joy to work with. However, I should point out that the effects are merely there to augment the sounds... not cover them up. You could strip the effects from the sounds, and the sounds will still be stunning.

My only complaints. 1) No digital out option. The analog outs are 24bit DACs, but my studio, short of the Mics and the Event 20/20s, is digital. Even though I use damn good cables (Monster 1000s), I would still rather keep that luscious sound entirely in the digital realm. 2) There is no data knob, forcing you to scroll through the patches with two buttons. This sucker has over 1000 patches, and it is the only digital synth I own that can't use a knob or wheel in this fashion. Small complaint, I know... but it says something about the quality of this synth that that is my only "OS" grip.

The Virus is wonderfully engineered, looks gorgeous, and has stunning sonic depth. The Motif is the only synth I own that can go toe to toe with it in a mix. I refuse to accept that anyone would say it "sucks." You may not like the way it sounds (which would frankly stun me), but no one who is a serious, professional musician would hold that opinion. In this day and age, very very few instruments from any company deserve that label. In fact, it is hard to find a synth that doesn't shine in some regard. But for what it is, the Virus is truly an amazing music making tool. If you are serious about VAs, A/B it with the outstanding Notation and Waldorf products. The Clavia, Korg, Roland, and Yamaha equivalents lack too many important features for most pro work (with regards to polyphony and multi timbre parts... they all sound great, however). I went with Virus because it is very sonically unique. To be sure, it can comp a generic analog synth of yore.. but it has its own presence. It has teeth... and it is very affordably priced. You may find that Notation and Waldorf suit your studio better... but to be sure, if you end up with a Virus, you will be a very happy owner indeed.

Cheers,

Mike

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-19-2001 at 16:58
Lava from the molten core of the Earth writes:
Well of course a Nova laptop is going to be easier to edit; it does not have nearly the features of the Virus b. Less filters, less LFOs, less oscs, less modulation options...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-17-2001 at 20:19
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