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Overview

  • Premium quality semi-weighted keyboard with 61 keys, velocity response and aftertouch
  • Hold and control pedal inputs
  • Sleek charcoal-gray finish
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      61 semi-weighted keys, multiple oscillators, FX, filters, and lots of hardware controls and I/O.

      The premium-quality Access Virus TI v2 Keyboard synth has 61 semi-weighted keys. The Virus TI features velocity response and aftertouch, and offers pitch and modulataion wheels. All told, The Virus TI v2 Keyboard Total Integration Synthesizer has 32 knobs and 43 buttons that help you manipulate your sound. Among some of the feature highlights are 3 oscillators, 2 independent filters, a 2D modulation matrix, plenty of FX options, an arpeggiator, surround sound output, and more. For more details on all the Virus TI v2 keyboard's features and I/O options, see below.

      Like all members of The Virus TI platform, the Virus TI Keyboard v2 Total Integration synthesizer/controller is the sublime fusion of a 12-year triathlon in sound research, distillation of user input, and the simple desire to create an exceptional instrument. Conceived as a virtual analog synthesizer, it grew into a multi-synthesis workstation which seamlessly integrates into your production environment using Access' unique Total Integration plug-in technology. This second version edition features 25% more calculating power and a completely redesigned housing.

      This second version edition features 25% more calculating power and a completely redesigned housing. The aesthetically pleasant Virus TI v2 Keyboard has a charcoal-gray finish with wood side panels, as well as red and white LEDs and a white LCD display.

      Sound Design
      This second generation Virus TI platform features a wealth of inspiring oscillator models such as virtual analogue, hypersaw, wavetable, and graintable oscillators, along with several filter models and a new-to-the-line Character control for emulating the vibe of old analog gear. A ring shifter, several FM types, and a tape delay add the warm lo-fi sound featured so often in music today. The effects section delivers multiple, simultaneous effects including reverb and delay per part, ensuring your patches sound exactly the same in single and multi mode.

      Total Integration
      The concept of totally integrating a synthesizer, which essentially means streaming audio from the Virus TI into a plug-in hosted by your digital audio workstation, is certain to make some positive waves. Total Integration is Access' proprietary technology, which seamlessly links any Virus TI model and a computer to create a unified system consisting of a powerful hardware synth and a virtual instrument plug-in, which not only controls the Virus TI but also receives audio from it, in order to allow post-processing right inside your computer. This way you get the best of both worlds. Your Virus TI will calculate all the voices and effects and therefore makes the CPU of your computer available for other tasks. Since it is driven by the Virus Control plug-in, the timing (unlike normal MIDI and USB-MIDI timing) will be sample-accurate, and all sound data will be saved within the song or project. Virus Control also offers sophisticated editing capabilities, along with an easy-to-use librarian page to keep track of all your Virus TI patches. The Virus TI's analog input and outputs can also double as an audio interface, and the MIDI sockets can double as a MIDI interface.

      As much as a craftsman depends on the quality of his tools in order to achieve exceptional results, you can rely on the Virus to impress your audience. That's because for the success of artists today, a stunning sonic signature is as important as the unforgettable melody, and the Virus TI line provides both.

      Features

      • Premium quality semi-weighted keyboard with 61 keys, velocity response and aftertouch
      • Hold and control pedal inputs
      • Sleek charcoal-gray finish
      • Red and white LEDs
      • White display
      • Wood side panels
      • Oscillators:
      • 3 main oscillators and one sub oscillator per voice
      • A main oscillator can comprise of various oscillator types including the classic virtual analog oscillators (saw, variable pulse, sine, triangle, 62 spectral waves with several FM modes) and hypersaw (a multi saw-tooth oscillator with up to 9 stacked oscillators, 9 sub-oscillators and sync oscillator at the same time)
      • Wavetable oscillators with 100 multi-index wavetables, feature variable resolution and optional pulse-width modulation
      • Graintable oscillators apply granular synthesis techniques for independent control of pitch and formants to warp a waveform beyond recognition
      • Formant oscillators sound like running a signal through a massive, modulatable filter bank with hundreds of resonant bands being morphed by the wavetable index
      • Filters:
      • Two fully independent filters (lowpass, highpass, bandpass, bandstop) with an optional saturation module located in between both filter blocks
      • The saturation module can add one of several distortions and lo-fi effects or an additional low/high-pass filter
      • Optional self-resonating MoogT cascade filter simulation with circuit overload and 1-4 poles
      • Modulation:
      • Two-dimensional modulation matrix with six slots (1 source and 3 modulation targets each)
      • Every feasible parameter can be modulated in realtime
      • 3 LFOs with additional hard-wired destinations along with one user-definable slot
      • 2 lightning-fast, multi-stage envelopes (ADSTR) - LFOs can be used as ramp generators as well
      • Effects:
      • The FX section has independent delay and reverb per patch (even in multi mode), along with multiple distortion/lo-fi algorithms, phaser, chorus/flanger, character control, ring modulator/shifter, and EQ, plus a global vocoder
      • There is no difference between single and multi modes—patches sound exactly the same
      • Arpeggiator:
      • Each patch contains it's own arpeggiator pattern feat. 32 programmable steps (length and velocity can be adjusted per step) along with a global control for swing/shuffle timing and one for note lengths
      • Nearly every parameter including the pattern itself, the amount of octaves, and many more, can be controlled using the modulation matrix
      • Surround sound output:
      • Every part can be panned dynamically between two stereo outputs for quadraphonic effects
      • Hardware controls:
      • 32 knobs, 43 buttons, 73 LEDs
      • Pitch/Modulation wheels
      • Polyphony:
      • Between 25 to 110 voices, depending on the complexity of the patch
      • Estimates are based on single mode performance results may vary in multi mode
      • Multi Mode:
      • Multi programs can have fully-independent embedded singles, without the links to single banks required by most synths providing freedom from breaking other programs
      • Memory:
      • 1024 RAM and 3328 ROM sounds, 16 embedded multi patches along with 112 conventional multi slots, 16 parts in multi mode
      • Remote Templates:
      • Turn the Virus into a MIDI remote as the sound engine will still work independently
      • 32 user-programmable templates to reassign most panel knobs controlling control 3rd party plug-ins and MIDI synthesizers
      • Smooth parameter changes:
      • Adaptive control-smoothing provides parameter changes with no zippering artifacts
      • With knob quantize, a clock ratio is selected and parameter changes are updated at specified intervals only
      • The result is sample-and-hold parameter movements, evocative of step sequencer sounds
      • Atomizer:
      • The unique DJ style audio slicer turns the Virus TI into an powerful realtime FX for DJ applications
      • Virus Control is an VST/AU/RTAS compatible plug-in

      Access has taken their own synth/controller to a whole new level. Find out what it can do now.

       

      Virus TI v2 Keyboard Total Integration Synthesizer and Keyboard Controller Specifications:

      • I/O:
      • 6 balanced outputs (@ +4dB), backed by 192kHz/24-bit D/A converters with soft-limiting
      • Two inputs with 24-bit A/D
      • Dedicated headphone out
      • MIDI in, out, and thru
      • S/PDIF digital audio (44.1/48kHz) inputs & outputs
      • USB is used for MIDI and audio transmission (adding 3 additional stereo audio outputs) and works at 12Mb/s
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      AccessVirus TI v2 Keyboard Total Integration Synthesizer and Keyboard Controller
       
      4.3

      (based on 4 reviews)

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Still the same

      By Mike

      from MD

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Pre-programmed music
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

      • Poor Instructions

      Best Uses

      • Electronic Music

      Comments about Access Virus TI v2 Keyboard Total Integration Synthesizer and Keyboard Controller:

      Six years ago I tried a Virus TI desktop. It had a gorgeous sound, tons of presets and even what was called the "Total Integration". It was supposed to be hooked up to the computer and act like a librarian, audio interface, virtual instrument and what not. The Virus TI OS was at version 2 at that time. The synth worked fine until it was hooked up. As soon as the "Total Integration" kicked in I had all kinds of synchronization issues, clicks, pops with any software I tried to use it with. You would say, no biggie, just use it standalone. I did, but there was a catch: no standalone librarian. So each time I needed to manipulate patches I had to connect it to the USB port, run a DAW, instantiate the TC plugin, do my work and close/disconnect everything. It was kind of frustrating and I returned it. Besides, the new era of software plugins was coming that would match and surpass all hardware synths in the nearest future.
      Fast forward to our days, and this era is still yet to come. So I decided to give it another try but this time it was the full keyboard. Guess what? Nothing changed. No I take it back. The TI OS is now version 5 and the color scheme or the TC plugin is different. But the sync issues, clicks, pops are still there. There is still no standalone librarian and I have to jump over the same hoops again. There is also another "feature" which I did not have a chance to try out the first time: when you connect the synth to the USB port the audio output gets disconnected. You can get it back only from the TC plugin but this time it gets delayed by whatever sample buffer settings and delays you have set in your DAW. So this total integration is still unusable as in good old days. The manuals are still a joke too. Granted, Access Music has put out good tutorial videos. Also it makes a good MIDI controller with aftertouch. So my verdict is:
      The sound - 5
      The "Total Integration" - 1

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      (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I think I'll probably always own one

      By Tom Cockrell

      from Bay Area, California

      Comments about Access Virus TI v2 Keyboard Total Integration Synthesizer and Keyboard Controller:

      I decided to go from the one-board-does-everything back to getting products that do at least one thing really well - like being an organ - so I got a Hammond XK3C - perfect. I needed that same quality with a synth, but didn't want to spend over 3k for a one voice monophonic analog synth (voyager). So, I shopped, and made the decision for the Access Virus TI2 - NOT because of the integration capabilities, but because of the quality of the sounds and the capabilities for creation, and the built-in great effects. I got it in November, and I'm not sorry. I have used the integration with Cubase 6, and it's great, but I'm using it to play the synth parts live. The sounds are just too good to pass up. I do not think I have heard a synthesizer this full and rich, and I just love the knobs and playing with them while I'm playing. Here's what has gone wrong:
      1. When you click from bank to bank and preset to preset, you have to wait for the synth to load that preset. The bottom line is that IF you are playing, and want to quickly go from Preset A13 to Preset U107 - you have some issues. If you try to press the buttons really fast to jump ahead quickly, the synth can't keep up. You need to use the knobs to move through the banks and presets, and it is cumbersome and time consuming;
      2. I'm unsure if this is an issue with the last software update, but on certain patches, very few - and not all - the synth will just, audibly, scream. It's not a feedback - it's out of the blue and the output amplified just shrieks really loud. You need to quickly switch patches to kill it. I've reinstalled the software to no avail, and am waiting for the next relese to see if that resolves the issue. Access claims no knowledge of the issue.
      I'm not using the TI integration - much - but it is seamless, at lease with Cubase
      The effects are just really, really, good - the tape delay is great; phaser, reverb, EQ - all exceptional;
      Knobs! Knobs! I love knobs - great to make the real time adjustments;
      Multiple tone generators, filters - really, really good.
      This is tough - the sound quality is superb. Extrordinary. However, there are issues in trying to get between the presets, manually, and I've had some "squealing" issues - see the summary at the end.
      Multiple oscillators, great built-in effects, great sounds - way better than the digital competition, and with sound akin to the analog troops, and priced much better. The closest thing to it I found is Dave Smith's Poly Evolver - but 4 voices? No.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      USB-HOG crashes on a laptop with APC40 connected.

      Comments about Access Virus TI v2 Keyboard Total Integration Synthesizer and Keyboard Controller:

      USB-HOG
      Would have given it a 10, "the" most awesome synth ou there, but you can't use it live with a macbookpro, it is too unstable. I talked to Access tech-support, and the said that you can only add other USB devices if you are running the mac pro tower. No good for live gigs. Studio only, and no elbow room for other USB controllers like APC40. But well worth it for the sound.
      USB-HOG
      USB-HOG

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing!

      By MV

      from VA, DC

      Comments about Access Virus TI v2 Keyboard Total Integration Synthesizer and Keyboard Controller:

      I've been using the Virus TI Keyboard in the studio and live for over 5 years. I would have to say it's the most amazing and versatile synth out there today. If you had to buy one synth that will fill every need studio or live, this is it. It's expensive, but worth it.

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