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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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!
May 18, 2013 @ 11:02 pm
I picked up a used 37-key Virus Indigo 2 awhile back and gave it a try for a few months, but found it lacked the same warmth or presence as my Virus B despite my tweaking, so ended up selling it.

Regardless it is a very capable synth for a variety of genres, and would complement any studio setup nicely. Can be had for a decent price these days, so give it a try!

Here's some ambient Virus C demos I created: =GpBTAUx8B58
May 14, 2013 @ 5:54 am
the kc is one dark industrial sounding machine! glad i gave virus another chance. i had the snow version and it did nothing much for me and i could not get into it. glad i went with a full synth! lucky to find a mint kc! i'm reading now it may sound better then the ti series? interesting? might be the converters? prob just personal taste? anyways, get a virus! they are bad-ass! and this one sounds dark as hell! i am working on making music for horror and sci-fi films and the kc is a welcome to my little studio. the DSI evolver and the kc are a perfect team!
May 12, 2013 @ 6:14 am
so i heard / read that virus b / kb was more warm sounding then c / kc. well, i found out for myself that is not the case for me anyways. i had no problem evoking some warmth from the kc / c at all. i guess we all program much different these days..:) in the end i went with the kc over the b. just get in there at get tweaking! just sayin. so anyone else agree or have any thoughts on the b / c warmth? thanks.
January 31, 2013 @ 4:29 pm
Sorry just getting to answering you. According to Access, the only thing physically different is better analog/digital converters. However, it would be hard to chose one over another but can easily say the C has additional filters to incl. very good digital emulation of Moog Ladder Filter. The C also has some more immediacy to it's interface, while both B and C require menu-diving and having recently added a Waldorf Q rack, (very diferent from Virus and I believe deeper mod matrix) they compliment each other. Sorry, I really love both--each great synths & excellent keybeds
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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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