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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Keith a hobbyist user from Scotland writes:
The Virus range of synthesizers are amongst the most versatile and great sounding of any synth that I have come across. Not only is the Virus a jack of all trades, its also an expert in pads, leads and fx. The machine is robustly built and can take alot of abuse within a hectic studio environment. The oscilators and filters are first rate. and the sound sculpting parameters are a programmers dream come true. The virus has a lovely suductive tone to it, very rich and surprisingly warm. Once you have the Virus, you will find it very difficult to let go. Somehow, other VA's just dont hit the sweet spot. Midi implementation is first rate and very stable. The mod routings are perfect for extreme sound sculpting. The 3 LFO's are perhaps the most versatile of any hardwired synth and the 64 digital waveforms sound superb. The onboard virus effects are superb. Ive never had a problem with programming the virus. The only two areas which created a slight ambiguity for me was the oscilator section (particularly when wanting to selct a digital waveform) and the effects. Over the years, OS updates have propelled the Virus into legendary status. When you buy a Virus, it always feels as if teh company are taking care of you and want the best for you. They provide great new features and constantly listen to the feedback from customers. Their technical advice is unmatched. The new filter for the Virus C is really very good. Access must have some very talented programmers, because these digital filters sound jawdroppingly good.

Oh its without a doubt in my mind that these Virus synths will become classic in years to come. No other synth on the market sounds as good as these and there is such a great following of users who swear by them. There are so many free sounds floating around on the net and Virus users are very nice and helpful. Im very content and happy with my Virus and I really enjoy using it to make music.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-16-2004 at 08:39
Von a part-time user from Germany writes:
The Virus C, so far has had a huge learning curve to grasp all of the modulations and routing options, but it has been worth every minute to program it. Much more of a synth "workstation" than the Nord Lead 3. But not to bash the Nord lead 3, (I also own one of those) But the Virus C has a ton of more routing options. But it does take some time to learn everything the Virus C can offer. Were as the Nord Lead 3 can display most if not all of you routing and modulations without digging into menus etc. The effects are some of the best I have heard on any "stand alone" synth. But the ReverbDelay is by far one of the Virus's best points. It just sounds amazing. The ReverbDelay can produce some amazing high quality effects which just sound stunning! To be honest the Reverb is IMHO better than Korg Triton (by far) & Waldorf Q. The only thing that I can compare the Reverb to is Emagic's Logic "Platinum Verb" andor a korg Koass pad V2. The virus C also has an external power supply which is most welcome because it cuts down the size of the virus C and you will never have that 60HZ hum comming from your hardware. If the power supply ever goes out you just buy a new one without having to mail your Virus to a repair shop. Virus C gets a 5. Even though it is a SOB to program at first. (sound diver helps allot)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-10-2004 at 22:41
SYNTEX77 a professional user from Italy writes:
Wonderfoul! I have installed the new O.s. the 6.5, the new filter sound is near at original analog model sound, Easy to program ( but very powerful ), can make many type of sound, analog, digital, percussion... Burn any Soft Synth, do not comparate a software synth at this Va monster... Some preset is not good ( good for trance, dance, but annoyed me), for know this machine turn his knob! I have make a realistic tb 303 emulation with a 3 pole analog filter (18db) and some cs80 brass with reverb feedbacks (Vangelis?) and some strange big fat warm pad!!! Only problem is the price, very high, but if you wont this quality, is the way... Or you can buy software synth or download (AH!) the softsynth and safe money...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-12-2004 at 06:22
Tara a professional user from Mexico writes:
The most expensive synth ive ever bought and its worth it. I love the key action, great sound shaping possibilities and I really enjoy the tone. Very well built and will last long time. Very beautiful sounding and evil. Recommend very highly to anyone making ambient or dance music.

Me I make ambient and I love the atmospheric sounds this synths makes. Im not too keen on the hard dance sounds but this synth is one of the best at those type sounds too. If you cannot afford true analog get this Virus. If you have $2500+ get a real analog: Andromeda A6, Jupiter 8, Synthex, Prophet 5, Oberheim OB8....

My favourite digital synth is Virus/DX7/JD800.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-07-2004 at 05:37
ABW a part-time user from California writes:
This is one quality synth !! I also own a Nord Lead 3, and the two are very complimentary...the Nord is very in your face and easy to manipulate on the fly, wheras the KC is very smooth, thick, and processed. The KC has the finest non-weighted keyboard on the market...controls are numerous and first rate...very much like my Prophet-5. And you have to love a synth that is constantly improved via free software updates. Very expensive (compare it to the Alesis Ion), but worth every penny.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-18-2004 at 18:19
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