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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Alex Gubin a hobbyist user from San Francisco, CA writes:
The Virus sounds like nothing else. OS 4.01 comes with awesome preset sounds; most of them only need a little bit of tweaking to fit into your mix, and some can be used right off the bat (altough I still have that guilty feeling every time I use a preset, which is why I don't do it very often). The new OS4 manual is very thorough, covers pretty much everything, but I never really had to use it. The system layout of the Virus is very awkward in my opinion, the location of the menus and functions makes no sense to me. For example, I also have a Waldorf Microwave XTk, which has a MUCH better system layout (you can read my review of the XTk). The Virus can make some really good sounds though, very harsh and agressive. It also has a pretty good drum&percussion section: the kicks are very good, the snares are usable, but the high hats are not as good in my opinion. Still, you can get away with it if you don't have anything better (but I prefer my Nord Lead for the percussion, it has some really nice hats). I really like the Virus arpeggiator, and the new OS 4.01 seems very stable. In fact, I haven't had a problem with the Virus yet, while my Microwave likes to act out once in a while (she's a spirited gal). If you are looking for a general purpose all-around VA, the Virus is the best thing on the market, especially when you consider the price. Personally, I think the Virus b is the best bang for the buck: you still get all the knobs, and it's only $1200 for a 16 part/24 voice combo! I also own a Microwave XTk and a Nord Lead 2, and I would not recommend those synths as an all-around general performer. The Nord Lead only has 4 parts (16 voices and only 4 parts?! who's the genious who came up with that idea?), and it can only do straigh-forward sounds: no effects at all, the pads and sweeps are pretty bad, no extra-weird noises, and no usable kicks. The Microwave has 8 parts and only 10 voices, but the effects are only available for the first 3 parts; there are no usable kicks or percussion, and it is mainly oriented toward sweeps and weird noises, while having no powerful leads or basses. The Virus, on the other hand, can do it all: pads, sweeps, weird noises, awesome agressive teeth-grinding leads, and good general-purpose basses, plus it has good kicks and usable percussion. It is 16 parts/24 voices, which is really incredible, and you can use effects on every part simultaneously, up to a total of 72 (i think). All that adds up to a killer combination, and you'll have no problem making a track with the Virus alone.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-26-2000 at 15:37
John Potter a hobbyist user from US writes:
How many oscillators do you want? It's got 3 + a Sub OSC + Noise + Ring Mod.

posted Monday-Aug-28-2000 at 12:42
Rick Barber a professional user from San Jose writes:
Very nice sound, and easy to program. The controls are a cross between nord lead and nord modular. For the money though I would have expected more oscillators, but that goes for the nord too!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-22-2000 at 00:24
Tom Brown a part-time user from UK writes:
Just got my Virus b today - although it came boxed with a German user manual (hmmmm..), I'm finding it nothing but a joy to use. Whether its phat bass-lines or swirling string pads to rough, punchy chords, the Virus b can do it all. I couldn't say whether its better than a Supernova or a Nord-Lead 2 as I don't own those but all I can say is that I am very impressed with its sonic capabilities - even the presets! and its 24 poly, 16 part multi. The only thing Ive found that it lacks so far is reverb in the FX section but that should appear in V4 OS out soon. - I highly recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-21-2000 at 19:53
matt heins a part-time user from Chicago writes:
I love my Virus! I looked around for a while...Roland JP 8000 Novation Nova, Nord Lead2...but nothing makes the noises I want like the Virus. I make some dark and some funky drum 'n' bass and jungle and this sound makes the grittiness that I'm looking for. I'm so glad I spent the eztra money to buy this module. You could make any kind of music because the quality of it's sounds span the spectrum.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-26-2000 at 11:28
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