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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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AnalogVoyager from USA writes:
Virus sound is for trance. It is very handy in making of Goa Trance. If one knows how to aplly the skills , the synth can produce some incredible tunes. Indeed , alone it may not do the job of an overall production and may come short of analog bass , but other than that, it is a good synth to keep. Alongside I recommend Omega 8 or Cwejman Sound S1 MkII. I am completely consumed in Goa Trance ( Not psychodelic ), and I suggest you get this one if this is your field of expertise. Good luck.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-13-2005 at 22:23
Adam a professional user from UK writes:
The Virus C is an OK synth. Nice user interface, very programmable and very flexible. Does it sound analog? Nope...it sounds digital (but hell its a digital synth aint it?!). Build quality is the best for modern VA and the sound is pretty warm, a little thin and quite gritty at times. The customer support is very good.

You can use this synth for all types of music, although there seems to be a huge following who use it specifically for dance etc. Indeed, the presets are geared towards dance, so you may need to tweak/program your own to get the sound your after. In all honesty, one cannot fault this synth....but it may not be everyones cup of tea. Check it out at the local music shop or listen to the online demo's. You can't really go wrong with it so why not buy it?

*UPDATE* Either buy a second hand Virus C for cheap or buy the new TI version (should be released any week now). I hope this helps.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-09-2005 at 06:47
jdog a hobbyist user from SFCAUS writes:
so i was hooked for a while, i will admit the pads are pretty amazing out of these things, but it really ends there....

if you are into trance/hardhouse then this is your do it all box

if your not then you might be disappointed with this box, take a real good listen to all of the provided audio samples on their site, cause if you have an ear for what REAL analog sounds like then you will be as disappointed as i was.....

there is aliasing in the highs, and the "bassy" sounds sound like cheesy crap, no warmth what so ever.(does not come anywhere close analog bass)

like i said before, this is a trance box. period. if you are looking for blips bleeps and warm sounds other than pads this is not the machine for u. you will be wasting your money.

i suggest the dave smith poly evolver-that is a synthesizer.

good luck

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-17-2005 at 12:08
Mikael Schloenzig a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
Once i´ve heard that the Virus TI model was out, i sold my one year old Virus KC , to get me a Virus TI without even heard it.Why ? I have had over 25 different synths during the past 20 years and i think Access have made one of best VA/analogsounding synths this far.It has an extremly wide range from "fat" to "thin" sound capabilitis(in which my supernova 2 could not compare , though the supernova is a really nice instrument to.)If you are a Virus owner check out the Norweigian Per-Kristian Risvik and Stefan Weilands sound kit on the Access site , outstanding(Solina,Eminent and Korg minipops 7 drumkit sounds)sounds for free!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-22-2004 at 12:56
ChrisK a part-time user from Yorkshire writes:
Good points: The user interface is well laid out. The synth engine is well specified and very powerful with FM, osc sync, ring modulation, unison mode, loads of modulation sources and destinations. The filters are really good esp. the moog emulations. Audio inputs aswell as one main and four aux audio outs. It has a precise, sometimes sharp sound and a pleasing tone particularly in its mid range. Pads are particularly expansive and warm.

Bad points: Noticable aliasing in the higher registers - this is a problem with most VA's but seems especially bad with the Virus. The oscillators, to my ears, sound thin, and no amount of unison detune adds any 'fatness' to the overall sound. This means that as an analogue emulation it is somewhat lacking. It can't do real hard, punchy bass, or fizzling, spitting analogue leads. To me, it doesn't really pull off the analogue impersonations; if you put it alongside real analogue (and some VA's and, indeed, some VSTi's) its short comings in that department become obvious.

It is, however, a very flexible synth, and can produce a far greater variety of sounds than just plain analogue. Some people love its wide 'cinematic' sound. Though I really liked the filters, I think that on the whole, its just a little over hyped. I'm giving it a 3 out of 5 purely because it has 'Simulated Analogue' written on the front and as such is unconvincing.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-18-2004 at 10:04
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