Access Virus C

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A brand new and ever more powerful strain of the Virus was released in 2002 to replace the entire B Series line-up. First up is the flag-ship desktop module, the Virus C. Polyphony is expanded from 24 to 32 voices! Otherwise the synth engine is virtually the same as the B series. Three oscillators, one sub osc., two independent multi-mode filters, two ADSTR envelopes, three LFOs, 16 arpeggiators, 32-band vocoder, five FM synthesis modes and 16 part multitimbrality. The C series offers an expanded mod matrix with 6 source and 9 destination slots, 98 effects, wood side panels, and more! A new 3-band EQ section is available as well as an Undo/Redo function. The operating systems can be easily upgraded via MIDI and there is a free SoundDiver Virus editor/librarian for Windows and MacOS systems available. It has been used by Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM, and Max Graham.

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Virus KC

The Virus KC, pictured above is the classy keyboard version of the Virus C. It features 61 semi-weighted keys responsive to velocity and aftertouch. It is the ultimate hands on Virus synth! There are also individual and assignable Pitch and Mod wheels. Nice wood panels and a layout that remains faithful to the module's intuitive design.

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Virus Rack XL

The Virus Rack XL (pictured above) packs the entire Virus C into a single-unit rack-module for those of you who don't need built-in hands-on access. Limited in knobs, buttons and LEDs - but that's all. The Rack XL has all the same features and functions of the Virus C and KC versions. It even has front and rear audio inputs to process external audio through its effects, vocoder, filters, etc.

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Virus Indigo 2

The Indigo 2 packs the same great synth engine found in the Virus C into a 'Roadster' style compact keyboard designed after the original Virus Indigo. The new Indigo 2 comes equipped with a new front-panel, a 3-octave keyboard with Aftertouch, aluminum side panels and even more blue LEDs! The Indigo 2 packs power, portability and the legendary Virus sound into an awesome looking synth! It has been used by Richard Barbieri.

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47 Visitor comments
Rob Lee
January 10, 2014 @ 2:56 pm
I got myself the Virus Indigo 2 Red Back from Ebay yesterday for a nice price. Coming tuesday and i'm really looking forward to checking out.

Sian Howard
November 15, 2013 @ 9:36 am
I bought a second-hand Virus C recently and am delighted with it. This is my first Access synth so I can't make any comparisons in that series, but I would say that the sound is most similar to my Waldorf Q rack, except that the FX section on the Virus C is simpler but better quality. I love the way it is so easy to flip through the dual filter routing and having separate cut-off controls for both filters is really handy. A lot of thought has been put into the physical layout of controls and it makes it huge fun to program (more so than the Waldorf Q rack).
August 26, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
love the synth so much I picked up a used XL rack as well! try one!
Brendan Clarke
June 28, 2013 @ 6:38 am
Great synth, but holy hell is the manual awful! It's not entirely useless, but is full of grammar mistakes (and not small ones - they frequently blur/change the meaning of parameters), and is the only manual I've ever seen that basically says "we're not going to explain this to you because it's too complicated for your tiny brain to grasp." The whole tone is smug and generally unhelpful.

Oh, but it sounds so good though :)
June 21, 2013 @ 1:46 am
@resonant_frequency : Update...after spending much more time with both KB and KC, I can definitely tell you at least to my ears, the KB can be much warmer whereas the KC is definitely more of a "darker" personality, BUT, with proper programming, the KC can be warm, esp. when using those moog ladder filters. Both B/C can do just about anything with deep programming and the effects are best on any synth I have on the Viruses. I will say that my Waldorf Q is a MUCH deeper synth and can do things the virus cannot and dare say the Q is more capable but also compliments virus very well. Hope helps!
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voices
  • Oscillators - 3 Osc per voice plus 1 Sub-Osc: Sawtooth, variable pulse, sine, triangle, oscillator sync. 5 FM Modes: 64 digital FM spectral waveforms.
  • LFO - 3 LFOs with 68 waveforms
  • Filter - 2 independent resonant filters; lowpass, hipass, bandpass, band reject, parallel, split & 2 serial modes with up to 36dB/voice (6-poles), overdrive/saturation.
  • VCA - 2 ADSTR envelopes
  • ModMatrix - 6 Sources, 9 Destinations
  • Effects - 98 simultaneous effects: 16 Phasers, 16 Choruses, 16 Distortions, 16 Ring Modulators, 16 Parametric EQs, Delay, 32-Band Vocoder, Surround Sound.
  • Keyboard - Virus KC: 61 Semi-Weighted Keys with note-on/off velocity, pitch bend, modwheel and two switches/control pedals and aftertouch.
    Indigo 2: 37 keys
  • Memory - 1024 programs (256 User / 768 ROM / 128 Multi)
  • Control - MIDI (16 multitimbral parts)
  • Date Produced - 2002

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