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
Robert Gustaffson
July 7, 2009 @ 10:58 am
I own both a TI Polar and an Indigo II. The TI has more polyphony and features but for sound quality the Indigo II wins.
Glad I'm not the only one to notice!
Gigi
May 22, 2009 @ 12:32 am
I did demos for Virus,
B and C are sounding better then new TI series maybe different converters? :)
One of the best VA in the market, but im quite bored about it, is overused everywhere! :)
Lets hope in a better OS for the TI series even the last 3 is not the top of the stability.....
Andrei
February 18, 2009 @ 1:04 am
I've used the Virus C for about two years now and what can i say is that it sounds fat as hell. After playing around with soft synths like Massive and Albino, i can say that they get pretty close, and you can definitely get very good sounds out of them, but it's much harder and time consuming than with the Virus. This one's a keeper, even if TI2 is out now.
jeremy abel
February 17, 2009 @ 8:21 pm
School Of Seven Bells also uses the Indigo 2 when playing live (not sure about studio usage).
Digital Screams
November 2, 2008 @ 5:54 am
In 2002 I bought the Virus KC and used it up until around September 2005....about 2 months before the TI was announced. The first time I used the Virus I was really impressed by the way it sounded as it was unlike any other digital VA I had used till that point - the Virus had alot of warmth and a huge, lovely sound. I like it more now for what it can do than I did back when I first bought it. The Virus's strong points are its incredible build quality, amazing feeling key action and warm, musical sound. The virus is very rich sounding and lends itself very well to electronic generes and film scores. In particular, its ability to create atmospheric sound scapes is really *amazing*. Try watching these clips and you'll get an idea of what I mean: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=8o1mdUncJxo&fmt=18 and http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=1R2gyqxLIWE&fmt=18

Hope my post has been of some value... :)
 
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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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