Access Virus TI Polar

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Access Virus TI Polar

The Virus TI Polar is a "roadster" version of the ground breaking Virus TI Desktop. It has virtually the same sound engine as the TI Desktop, but adds 37 keys to make it a compact yet powerful performance synthesizer. It also has a striking design (no doubt a descendant of the Virus Indigo), with a white-out front panel and a mix of aluminum and wood siding. The LEDs are white as well as the LCD display panel. Simply put, the Polar puts all the power of the Virus TI into a keyboard meant to be taken on the road.

Under the hood, there are three oscillators with one sub oscillator per voice which give it the ability to create throbbing and full basses as well as soft and beautiful pads and screaming leads. Within each of the main oscillators, there is a wide collection of waveforms including the classic Virus virtual analog oscillator models (saw, variable pulse, sine, triangle, and 62 spectral waves with several FM modes), the awesome HyperSaw model (a multi sawtooth oscillator with up to 9 stacked oscillators, along with 9 sub oscillators and a sync oscillator), a Wavetable oscillator model (with 100 multi-index wavetables), a Graintable oscillator model (for granular synthesis that can warp waveforms into new twisted forms), and Formant waveforms.

There are two multi-mode filters (HP, LP, BP, BS) as well as a saturation module for adding distortion or lo-fi effects. There is also an Analog Filter modeled after the Moog cascade filter with 6 to 24 dB/oct slope options and is capable of self-oscillation and can be overdriven.

The Virus TI Polar includes a wide array of modulation capabilities including a two dimensional modulation matrix with 6 sources and 3 destinations each (18 routings total). With this you can modulate almost anything in the Virus in real time. There are also three LFOs that can also be used as ramp generators and two very fast ADSTR envelope generators.

A complete effects section is also on hand, with 129 parallel effects. There is independent delay and reverb for each patch, multiple distortion/lo-fi algorithms, phaser, chorus/flanger, character control, ring modulator/shifter, 3-band EQ, and a global vocoder. There is also the popular Virus Atomizer, a unique audio slicer which can turn your Virus into a powerful realtime FX unit perfect for DJ applications.

The Virus TI Polar's "Total Integration" comes from its sophisticated OS and USB port which connect it straight into the following certified hosts: Apple Logic, Steinberg Cubase, Ableton Live, Avid Pro Tools, Cakewalk Sonar and ImageLine FL Studio. The VIRUSControl plug-in automatically detects and connects the Polar to your host program, where it will appear as a VST/AU soft-synth. The Polar can even be turned into a dedicated remote MIDI controller, mapping each of its 33 knobs to a MIDI CC messages.

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In 2009 an upgraded second edition model, the TI2 Polar, was released with 25% faster DSP processing, increased polyphony (from 80 on the TI up to 110 voices on the TI2), more effects and a redesigned housing. And if white isn't your thing, there is a limited edition Dark Star model, which has a pure black paint job along with a trick red glowing/pulsing Access logo in the back.

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Equally at home in the studio, on the road, or in the DJ booth, the Virus TI is an amazing performance synthesizer. Continuously updated versions of the OS that can be downloaded and installed into the Virus TI series ensure that this hardware synth will always have the most sophisticated software under its hood. It has been used by Deadmau5, The Prodigy, Depeche Mode, and Alex S.

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16 Visitor comments
May 28, 2014 @ 2:52 am
I couldn't agree with Liquidyzer more. I have analog, digital and V/A synths, but although I was looking down on my Virus TI, it ended up being my main synth.
December 12, 2013 @ 12:06 pm
I use the TI Polar extensively and it was one of the main synths I used in a documentary (Dead Heat). It can actually emulate 'real' instruments pretty well, check it out:
October 22, 2013 @ 11:14 am
It doesn't have "virtually" the same sound engine, it ACTUALLY has THE SAME sound engine.
August 6, 2013 @ 3:12 am
My Virus TI Polar ist the center of my studio - masterkeyboard, controller and main synthesizer. It is a solid, versatile and - to my taste - beatifully sounding synthesizer with great keyboard action and high class built quality (housing, knobs, display). Access has a great update policy and even older models are supported. The Virus has a high quality D/A converter which is also responsible for its fat sound. You cannot expect to get this for a very low price. Given the high quality standard the Virus is very good value for money!
May 29, 2013 @ 5:23 pm
I continue to be confused... What's with the hate? It's quite a lovely synth. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it sounds great. I keep figuring the issue for people is the cost. If that's the case, you can always get an older version that is less expensive and still sounds amazing (I had a VC and I couldn't tell the difference between this and that). Saying that other synths are better is confusing because it's so subjective. They've even made more affordable versions (snow). It may not be analog, but there's quality workmanship in this synth.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Between 25 to 110 voices, depending on the complexity of the patch
  • Multitimbral - 16 part
  • Oscillators - 3 oscillators with one sub oscillator per voice
  • Waveforms - Traditional VA, Wavetable, Graintable, HyperSaw, and Formant
  • LFO - 3 LFOs with 68 waveforms
  • Filter - 2 multi-mode filters (lowpass, highpass, bandpass, bandstop) with an optional saturation module and an Analog Filter modeled after the Moog cascade filter with 6 to 24 dB/oct slopes
  • Envelope - 2 ADSTR envelopes
  • Effects - 129 parallel effects: delay, reverb, distortion/lo-fi algorithms, phaser, chorus/flanger, character control, ring modulator/shifter, EQ, vocoder
  • Sequencer - None
  • Arpeggiator - 32 steps with global control for swing/shuffle and note lengths
  • Keyboard - 37 keys with velocity and aftertouch
  • Memory - 1024 RAM and 3328 ROM sounds
  • Control - MIDI In/Out/Thru and USB
  • Date Produced - TI Polar - 2005
    TI2 Polar 2009

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