Since the maximum length for a USB cable to allow for reliable transmission is about So I ignored the initial warning during installation, and at first, all was well. The installer detected that I had connected a TI even though it was via a hub , and the drivers were still installed correctly. At this point I was thinking 'hub, shmub! While this is annoying, it's understandable. Given the number of incompatibilities that users could encounter using the many possible types of USB hub, it does make a degree of sense for Access to ensure that the TI is used in a way that always gives the best possible results.
On the other hand, if you're using a computer with a limited number of USB ports such as an Apple Powerbook , it would be handy if an Expert mode could be added for those users who want to take their chances! I really love the Virus TI. It's not perfect; there are some issues to be resolved, and features to be implemented. But, for me at least, there's nothing about the TI in its current state that would prevent me from having a good time or making a purchase, despite the fact it's not uncommon to see the odd bug.
For example, I noticed that when I was selecting patches from the TI in Sequencer mode, Virus Control didn't always display the correct patch name. Still, it's reassuring to see Access releasing regular updates on the Internet for users who have already bought the new Virus, continuing their good practice of offering regular updates for previous Virus models.
The Virus has always been a fine-sounding synth, and it's always been fun and intuitive to program. The TI takes this to the next level; the new engine, with its additional DSP resources, is fantastic, and the improvements to both the Virus' hardware user interface and the new software interface, in the form of Virus Control , make the TI a dream to program. The 'total integration' features have been well thought out, and, for the most part, well implemented — everything you could conceivably want to do with a Virus attached to your computer seems to be possible.
The only missing piece is the 'still to come' Remote mode, but I don't think this is a serious omission. I think I'm going to buy a TI Polar because, for me, it's the perfect desktop instrument. I can have it right next to my computer keyboard and mouse, it's the perfect master keyboard for generating MIDI data when an note keyboard isn't required, and, of course, it has the best-sounding Virus synth engine to date. It's not particularly cheap, and the Polar costs the same as the note Keyboard version, but it's such a great instrument that I can't really criticise the price, because you really do get what you pay for.
Access' latest Virus incarnation was worth the wait: users for whom the TI will be 'their Virus' and seasoned Access veterans alike are in for a treat.
While it might be obvious, you can't run more than one instance of the Virus plug-in simultaneously, since you only have one Virus engine attached. Fortunately, this does no harm, and you can simply remove the second plug-in instance and carry on using the first. One potential way around only having one Virus TI and let's not forget the TI is part multitimbral!
Using Freeze in conjunction with the TI could be rather neat; imagine being able to use one instance, freeze it, move onto another instance, freeze that, move back to the first instance and make changes, and so on. So long as all TI instances were 'frozen' before opening or unfreezing another, it could all work rather well. Unfortunately, Freeze-style features aren't compatible with the Virus Control plug-in at present — not even if you're using the Polar! The release notes promise it for 'a future upgrade'. This didn't stop me trying it nonetheless, but I got very corrupted-sounding audio, almost as if the Virus was trying to play at a faster tempo.
This makes sense, because most Freeze functions work by performing what is basically a faster-than-real-time bounce. Even if Freeze had worked, though, I noticed that the plug-in wasn't always released under Logic Pro ; the Virus TI stayed in Sequencer mode even after the original plug-in instance was frozen. Even if you'll never need to use the Freeze function in your sequencer, the behaviour just described could still affect you, as it applies to all non-real-time, off-line bouncing, not just freezing. This means that if you do a bounce down or export of your finished mix inside your sequencer, you'll need to make sure that the real-time mode is selected for the time being.
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According to the company's release notes, v1. The Remote functions and Freeze support are still to be added in a future release, though. Recording and sound design is now a percent computer-based experience for me. I have no regrets; I like contact with the hardware that's producing the sound I want, but I'm able to run more synths, samplers and effects in software than I've ever owned at one time. And I like a life which isn't drowning in leads and means that I have desk space to spare.
But working solely in software presents its own problems. Thus, the idea behind the latest breed of hardware synth — the type that adds DSP resources to your system rather than demanding more of their host — is one I like. Access's Virus TI is a particularly attractive implementation of this idea. The Virus family has become a classic in a relatively short time, and software implementations have been quite demanding, running on higher-end DSP-based audio systems. Host-based options would suffer and, being frank, no doubt Access would suffer from piracy.
The hardware-plus-software approach provides manufacturers with security, and users with power. I haven't had the TI long, but even in that short time, digging deeper has been rewarding.
Everything else — its solidity, weight, layout, and sound — I loved. And then there was Total Integration. It's rather uncanny being able to tweak and organise a synth of this power from within your favourite audio environment Ableton Live , Steinberg Cubase SX and Cakewalk Sonar for me , just like a normal plug-in, and without maxing out the CPU.
The MIDI interfacing makes up the little piped bits around the edges, and when the control surface software comes on stream, the Virus TI will be covered in hundreds and thousands! Like Mark Wherry in the main part of this review, I found it best to not demand too much of this side of things: audio in and out running simultaneously with busy multi-part synth playback is best avoided.
Despite this, the sonics are great. The Virus TI's modelling gives you access to a wide palette of sound; whether you like your analogue acid-fat or modular-clinical, and want to mix in modern digital textures that jump to the top of the mix or blend wistfully, it's here. The presets even include drum sounds! In the 'leads' category, A 'Syncer' is classic with a modern edge, and C 'm stock' just sings! Pads also abound, from textured backgrounds to upfront movers.
The outright simulations of instruments are variable, but this was always the way with real analogue or FM. Here, the fake pianos, erzatz contrabasses and so on have the playability and 'feel' of the original without being fully imitative. Practically anything in this department that comes up on the category search will impress, but try shaking your woofer with A 'Bombasdr'.
But by way of contrast, there are also incredibly delicate sounds, such as D 'AprilPad'. The Virus TI arpeggiator is particularly good, many factory patches showing this off. Add a drum loop and it's instant dancefloor-filling material. I could use up another few boxes to summarise favourites, but I have some programming to do! This is one inspirational synth. Derek Johnson. Access' implementation of the Virus TI as the centrepiece of your computer music system is commendable, and the company seems to have covered all the possibilities for total integration.
The TI is also the best-sounding Virus to date. On the other hand, this public beta version contains refinements and bug fixes and therefore will eventually resolve issues you have with the current release version. When will there be a final release version?
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