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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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todd j smith a hobbyist user from us writes:
I have had the virus b for about a year now .. controling it w/a mc-303 for a short while and moving on to a microwave xt.. and after having this piece for a whole year, it still blows my mind as much as it did the first day.. some people put it down saying the sound is " to trancy" or "to weak sounding".. my rection is the complete oppisite.. the sounds on this thing can be weak and pretty, but it can also sound like a dance machine straight out of the pits of hell... with deep mean bass , the ability to make such complex pads that it make my pants wet.. sound wise the only complaints i have are the drums i like deeper meaner something off the xbass .. or er-1 as a cheaper resort. the snares were way to weak some of the bass hits got me going but not enought, but overall it has the best soundset ive heard.. now for midi... if u like midi this is your machine all 16 parts can be set to different channels or all the same if u wish.. which is why i think they call it the virus.. it has the ability to adapt and "infect" anything u try to control it with.. the flexability of this machine is just plain astounding.. i would recomend the virus to anyone wanting to make a hard , heavy dancefloor hit... techno,industrial,noise .. if u want it , its all here.. ps- u cant forget the knobs .. i mean god damn u have near 50 of them

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-11-2001 at 00:33
ChemVein a part-time user from USA writes:
I don't really understand. The Virus has the reputation of being the hardest VA on the market and my personal experience with one echos that sentiment. Maybe you're using presets or haven't found the unison or distortion/saturation functions... or maybe we have differing conceptions of what hardness is exactly. Regardless, I've found the Virus willing and able to step up and punch, scream, and growl like the monster it is.

I don't understand how you can dismiss the Virus as simply a trance producer's dream... it can (and should be) everyone's dream. It fits well in the industrial, drum'n'bass, techno, trance, and goa genres... basically, any form of electronic music. Depending on how you use it, the Virus is a flexible beast.

posted Saturday-Apr-28-2001 at 22:55
numb3r from MN writes:
From the time I wrote this review, I picked up the Virus 2 months earlier. As usual, I was really excited the first week I had my virus. I'm really into real tweeky tech house and pa material, however, I find that the virus tends to be on the soft side when it come's to some good hard tweeky shit. And I have yet to find any informal music links that can back this up. From the likes of the unit it self, and most resources on the web, this machine is a trance producers dream. But beyond the fog of the effects and the lust pads, I really am not all that excited with the sounds this unit puts out.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-28-2001 at 22:03
ZPrime a part-time user from USA writes:
Here's my review of the Virus B v4.02:

I have had the synth for around two months now and know it pretty well inside and out. I would definitely buy one again if mine were lost because it is a great little box. 6 individual outs let you route your sounds for easy mixing in a console. 16 part multitimbral, 24 voice poly, up to 4 OSC per voice (including sub), 3 LFO's per voice (one is only assignable to a few destinations), 2 filters per voice, 2 envelope generators, tons o' knobs, vocoder, etc - but I'm sure you've all heard the specs before so I will concentrate on the good and bad in my experience of using it (as I have also used a Q and other synths extensively).

The BAD: The things that I have found which I don't especially like about the synth are few. These mainly stem from two general "shortcomings" of the synth design. The first of these, and the most important (in my opinion) is the fact that when you are in multi-mode you only have a global delay/reverb. This is rather disappointing because a lot of patches use the reverb to give them a certain sound - so when you are in multi-mode they sound a bit different, and usually worse (go figure). This can be overcome because the unit DOES have 6 outputs - so just hook up an external FX processor and you're back in business. It would be nice to retain the patch characteristics in multimode though. The second of the things which is less than perfect, other people have commented on a bit more - and that's the layout of the synth. Yes - there are a LOT of menus. After a couple months of using it, it becomes a lot easier to navigate though, as one may expect. The main time when I notice this is in random patch generation (more later). A lot of times the sound gets panned in one direction or the volume down very low, but not related to the easy-to-find volume and pan parameters, so it takes fiddling in 3 or 4 places to get the sound to come out right. There is one more thing that I noticed while running OS 4.01 - the patch names would sometimes get random characters in place of the ones I had put in them. This, however went away with the upgrade to OS 4.02.

The GOOD: Well, those were really the only things that I can say I dislike about the synth. The list of what I like is too long to really mention everything, so I will touch on the most important things (for me). Firstly - the SOUND. The sound is GREAT. I love every sound I get out of this box. The presets are even very good - something most synths can't claim. The pads are lush and euphoric, the leads go from analog to bizzare to biting and everything in between. The basses are deep and mellow (or harsh if you want that). The drums are almost usable - not that I would use anything but a sampler for drums anyway. :) Even sound FX are better than you would hear from most sources. I generally program my sounds with little or no reverb and they come out great, although it does take some tweaking. The random patch generator lets you to randomizing of patches from subtle - if you like the sound already but want a slight modification - to extreme where every parameter is changed drastically. Unfortunately, usually drastic changes end up with not much sound coming out - as I mentioned in the previous section. The arpeggiator is sweet - a bunch of modes of operation, lots of patterns (many of which are really bad), speed changes, sync to midi, etc. It's really easy to get trancey leads by just hitting a few keys. And you have 16 simultaneous arpeggios possible - one for each part in multi-mode. External FX processing is a nice feature too - I LOVE the vocoder, although it is confusing at times - not as confusing as they make it out to be in the manual though. The vocoder is better than anything else I have used because it has such a great sounding tone generator driving it. :)

Overall this synth does what it claims to do - and does it really well. I agree with some people that it could be slightly easier to use, but when you are at it for 6 hours a day, you get the hang of it pretty fast. Shortcomings aside, I love this synth. I use it for every track - for bass and pads especially. You can get so many different sounds out of it that everything is new. You can tweak it very well in realtime and record everything. I love it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-30-2001 at 14:41
nathan kaines a professional user from USA writes:
I had my virus b for a while even when the new os 4 hit, i never rate a synth by its presets, most always suck and theyr not your anyway. Ive had many other VA's as well, ms2000, An1x, jp8000, sirius, and they all cant compete with the virus, i mean each one does its own thing, but for a powerhouse the virus tops. It has a very unique edge and killer fx, which sadly is what makes it sound good, take the fx off and the synth engine is not as powerful as the nord line. Thats why the nords have no fx so you can apply your own, or use it like a old analog. But despite the shortcomings of the virus, i miss mine alot. Yeh i had to sell it to buy a new car after mine died. Sucks. I mean i got what i paid for it, but still it feels like something alive is gone now. The virus has a personality not many synths have, well except for old analogs, but as far the newer synth are going the virus is truly a inspirational machine. I am definatley going to buy a new one. And if anyone ever gets tired of theyr virus, let a friend borrow it, youll be wanting it back real soon.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-08-2001 at 04:12
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