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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48 Visitor comments
August 21, 2010 @ 2:34 am
I just wanted to correct the info about the Virus C Indigo 2. The entire casing (not just the side panels) the side panels, the bottom and back are all one piece and is a thick brushed aluminum. There were not many of these Indigo 2's made, but I bet they will be around a LONG time if their owners don't trash them. The casing protects it very well. If you didn't know the contol panel and BLUE LEDs were copied from a section in a UFO found in 1999.
August 6, 2010 @ 1:54 pm
All I can add is that Virus C is really worth the expences and time to wokt it out. I own a KC version with a great keyboard and I'm still getting excited with it's powerfull patches. Actually, to programm this is a bit painfull, firstly you can't get even close in sounding quality to bank presets. Wish that there would be more tutorials of creating sertain sounds. The only minus is a lack of free space, at least one more bank I could use for sure.
July 23, 2010 @ 7:22 pm
Today I recieved the Virus TI for direct comparison side by side and I'm very disappointed in the sound quality of the TI. I got it cheap so I thought what the hell...The 'C' actually blows it out of the water ! An astounding difference really! The TI has 2 fundamental flaws.The sub oscillator is a joke,very thin,almost laughable!,something went wrong in the software design there....the other flaw is the headphone preamp which is TWICE as weak as the 'C' I kid you not ! ...The Virus C and the Waldorf Q for me are the most rewarding synths out there....The TI just sounds like a softsynth when the 'C' is a 'proper' synth with a monstrous sound!
July 23, 2010 @ 7:18 pm
I'm on my third KC now!I have done full circle and now realise that this is the best synth ever!Atmospheric pads to die for.Yes the JX10 is inferior and comes nowhere near as close for evolving textures! The Virus produces sounds that are new and fresh...but can also produce wonderful distorted, fuzzy Oberheim pads with ease.Forget the Matrix 12 (which I have also owned) that is an acident waiting to happen with the impossible to find CEM3374 voice chips! and the dodgy encoders that wear out...along with the vacuum Flourescent display that WILL burn out.
June 24, 2010 @ 10:02 pm
Richard is dead right--the Virus is a DEEP machine. Anyone who says it's thin or weedy simply hasn't accessed the full programming potential of this monster synth. I love the sound of both my Mini D and my Odyssey but they're both different machines from an age that has now passed. Why folks always compare analog to VA is beyond me. VA never was intended to replace analog but to broaden its musical scope, increase its variety of expression and improve its reliability. The Virus does all of this without compromising an iota of sound quality.
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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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