The Access Virus TI2 Keyboard synthesizer takes the revered Virus TI to the next level, boasting 25% more calculating power, a more robust onboard effects section, a lighter weight, and a completely redesigned housing. At the heart of the Virus TI2 Keyboard is the new OS3 which comes with new effects – Frequency Shifter, Tape Delay, new Distortions, and Character. What’s more, it now includes the enhanced Virus Control 3.0 plug-in, giving you even deeper control of the synthesizer and your many presets. Already a known Ferrari of a synth, expect even more from the Access Virus TI2 Keyboard.Access Virus TI2 Keyboard 61-key Synthesizer at a Glance:
Robust effects section, with new TI2 effects
Total Integration – enhanced Virus Control 3.0 plug-in
3 main oscillators and one sub-oscillator per voice
Two fully independent filters and 2-dimensional modulation matrix
Each patch contains its own arpeggiator pattern
Premium redesigned enclosure, lighter in weight
Welcome to Planet V
There are not many modern synthesizers which can claim to have shaped the sound of music — from electronica to soundtrack — as much as the Virus line of synthesizers has. The Virus is known as much for its flexibility and powerful sound as for Total Integration, our award winning way to interconnect a hardware synthesizer with your DAW.
The first Virus was released in 1997 and each new iteration has added more features more powerful hardware, and greater musical potential. That evolution explains why the Virus TI series is so sought after and why it receives such praise from owners, press, and fans all over the world.
Artists including Depeche Mode, Madonna, Linkin Park and The Prodigy tour with a Virus-based setup. Producers such as Sasha, Pete Tong, Roger Sanchez and Dr. Dre consider the Virus a core part of their studios. Composers such as Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, John Powell and Mark Isham are enthusiastic Virus users, utilising its signature sound for their Hollywood blockbuster soundtracks.
One Sound, Four Different Packages
The Virus TI line of synthesizers includes 4 different variations: two keyboard models and two desktop versions. The great news is that all of these instruments produce the same award-winning sound. In this way, we offer you a choice of formats without compromising the most important aspect of any instrument: how well it performs musically.
Virus TI Desktop
This synthesizer will make any desktop proud! The TI Desktop features an all-metal enclosure with a wooden strip on the front. Loads of knobs and buttons give direct access to the most important sound shaping parameters. This range of instant access hands-on control will delight those who don’t like menu diving. Like all other Virus TI synthesizers, a stereo analogue input offers the power to process external signals through the Virus’ sound engine. An optional 19″ rack mounting kit is available for purchase.
Virus TI Snow
Its compact form factor makes the TI Snow an ideal choice for traveling musicians. It’s footprint is not larger than an issue of Mix Magazine. Nevertheless it features the exact same sound engine of it’s bigger brothers with about 50% of the voice count — a top performer at every jam session. The patch select buttons make searching for the right sound a breeze and allow you to access any of the 1024 internal patches with four or fewer button clicks.
Virus TI Keyboard
61 semi-weighted keys with great action and jacks for connecting pedals make the Virus TI Keyboard a performer’s dream. The wooden side panels offer a great “grip” and make transportation a more enjoyable task. With over 3300 onboard sounds you will never run out of ideas while jamming.
Virus TI Polar
Designed as the ideal companion to any DJ or project studio, this 37-key model is not only compact but also stunningly beautiful. The side panels are a mix of wood and pure aluminium, while the white LEDs add class and style. The sound engine is exactly that used in the powerful and versatile TI Desktop and Keyboard models.
Classic signature sound
Even though the Virus is truly multi-talented instrument with great range, you still instantly know it when you hear a it in a production. That’s because we really “get” synthesizer basics: outstanding oscillators, amazing filters and breathtaking effects.
Every part, even in multi-mode, comes with its own chain of independent effects (including reverb and delay). The massive voice count makes it possible to stack even complex sounds for the first time without breaking a sweat.
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Future proof investment
Atomizer is our performance-oriented beat slicer, allowing you to play on your keyboard what others can only cut and paste inside their audio workstation. Features like this keep the Virus at the forefront of innovative sound design.
Music evolves and we evolve the Virus for you. Every day.
An audio effect in the Virus’ effect section which allows you to shred live audio using the keyboard. Every key represents a different loop length from 1/2 note to microscopically short phrases. Furthermore, your modulation wheel becomes a DJ style cross fader, the pitchwheel re-pitches the incoming audio in realtime and the whole FX section can be used to truly mangle the signal.
The beauty of being different
Virtual analog oscillators aside, the Virus TI offers an extensive range of musically exciting tonal building blocks. From wavetables, to hypersaw, to grain- and formant table oscillators, every single one was created with complete attention to detail, commitment to innovation, and a passion for musical potential.
That’s why the Virus TI can sound like a burning race bike on its way to hell or a choir of genetically enhanced tooth fairies. It’s just limited by your imagination.
Often it’s the little things which make all the difference. Section Locking for instance is preset mutation on steroids. You select what you like in a patch, lock it, and cycle through other presets to load only those aspects of the sound you want to explore changing. Imagine you were basing your lead melody around a user arpeggiator pattern and later in the game you realise that you want to keep the pattern but change the sound. Using Section Locking all you need to do is to lock the arp pattern and start browsing through your entire library to find something suitable.
More than 7000 great presets
As deeper instruments emerge many of us turn towards sound presets instead of building their own patches from scratch. We honour this tendency by giving you one of the largest free sound libraries anywhere, made by professional sound designers.
Even better, we make sure that all sounds officially released for the Virus TI are checked and refined by our internal sound design gurus first. This way we can assure that the sounds have a minimal CPU footprint and maximal flexibility with all sorts of controllers pre-assigned for your enjoyment.
This demo song features one Virus TI2 and drum samples from Sample Magic and Xfer Deadmau5. Most of the background motion you can hear is tape delays with automated delay time and feedback. Everything went straight from the TI into Izotope Ozone which was used to compress the mix and add loudness.
Steampunx is a breaks oriented demo not holding back on bass and fat lead sounds. All tonal sounds including the FX were made with one Virus TI2. Most of the drum sounds and loops can be found on Sample Magic’s Breakbusters library.
This short piece of ambient music was created on one Virus TI2 and a Tabla loop in Logic Pro. Some of the Virus tracks were bounced later in order to put a convolution reverb on top of them, others went straight from the Virus to the mastering channel where Izotope Ozone 4 and a Sonnox limiter were used to level out the song.
Tweaked for performance
We spend a great deal of time optimising the TI for performers. Studio players can automate a filter sweep until it sits right, but having controls that feel right to performers make the TI better for everyone, all the time. One of the reasons why many of us are drawn to vintage synthesizers is that the few hands on controls those had tend to be a joy when tweaked. That’s why we fine tune every parameter in the Virus for performance.
Ultra fast response
The TI is ultra fast. Whether just switching a menu or loading an entire multi mode patch, it always feels snappy. All menus are laid out for quick access to the most important parameters. What’s more, they are context sensitive, so for instance you don’t have to bother with reverb parameters when the actual effect is not enabled.
Little extras make all the difference
The wooden side handles were specifically designed to give performers who make use of the pitch benden and modulation wheel extra grip. The pedal inputs are auto switching, so you don’t have to worry about configuration when you need to borrow a pedal in a hurry.
The keyboard versions’ LED logo on the back pulses in sync with the Virus’ tempo, providing a visual metronome for the rest of the band to make live arpeggitor lines more enjoyable. The Virus can interpret the tempo of an audio source and sync to it in as little as one bar. From that point onwards, everything will stay in sync — LFOs, delays, arpeggiators, the beat slicer and more.
Every virus patch allows you to connect your favorite sound shaping functions individually to three onboard assignable knobs. You can name these mappings appropriately and even assign multiple parameters to one knob for multi-axis real-time sound morphing.
Built like a tank
We take great pride in the Virus TI’s construction quality. Every unit is is engineered, built and assembled in Germany by specialists who know that musicians must truly be able to rely on their instruments. The entire housing is made of metal, ensuring road-worthy reliability, while overall weight is reduced with lighter materials for comfortable transport. On the road, a reduction in weight is a gain in the quality of life.
Plenty of horsepower
During the development of the Virus TI range, we felt that in order to achieve the complexity on nowadays’ production sound an enormously fast system would be needed. That’s why, in difference to all Viruses before, the TI range utilises two parallel and highly specialised Freescale signal processors. With the Virus TI you don’t have to re-assign effects in multi mode and think about how to share your reverb. Because every patch sounds exactly the same in multi and single mode.
The Virus in full effect
The Virus TI is not only a synthesizer; it is a full-fledged multi-effect processor with analog and digital inputs. Listen to the following examples which feature real bass, guitar and drums played through the Virus’ FX engine. Of course the entire synthesizer engine works in parallel so you could play synth parts simultaneously.