The Access Virus TI Polar is a virtual analog synthesizer produced by the German company Access Music. This synthesizer is based on the Virus TI series, but has been optimized for use in a live performance setting.
The Virus TI Polar features a sleek, compact design with a 37-note keyboard and a large, easy-to-read OLED display. The synth is equipped with a wide range of virtual analog and wavetable oscillators, as well as a variety of filters and modulation options. The synth also features a powerful arpeggiator, which allows for the creation of complex, evolving patterns.
Total Integration (TI) uses innovative technology to greatly expand the Virus Synthesizer, resulting in an advanced stage/standalone instrument, while simultaneously extending the product capabilities with a suite of compelling studio integration features.
One of the standout features of the Virus TI Polar is its powerful sound engine which employs various synthesis techniques (currently VA, Subtractive, PD, FM and Wavetable(Ti) synthesis) which was first produced in 1997 and has since been upgraded frequently, with the company releasing new models about every two years. The synth is capable of producing a wide range of sounds, from classic analog-style synth tones to more modern, digital sounds. The synth also includes a variety of effects, including reverb, delay, and distortion.
Synth features include greatly increased polyphony, 2 new oscillator types, a per-patch programmable arpeggiator, 16x2 delay/reverb fx, embedded singles in Multi mode, and much more. The TI products link to computer with VirusControl, a companion software product which ports the hardware synth into a host sequencer for use as a sample-accurate VST/AU instrument, simultaneously offering 2-way audio and MIDI connectivity, control surface functionality, editor and librarian functions, and more.
Another key feature of the Virus TI Polar is its flexibility. The synth can be used as a standalone instrument, or it can be integrated into a larger setup. The synth has a range of inputs and outputs, including MIDI, USB, and audio. This allows the synth to be used with other instruments and devices, making it a versatile choice for musicians and producers.
The Virus TI Polar also includes a number of advanced features that make it ideal for live performance. The synth has a built-in arpeggiator, which allows for the creation of complex, evolving patterns. Additionally, the synth includes a range of performance-oriented features, such as a step sequencer and a powerful modulation matrix.
Overall, the Access Virus TI Polar is a powerful and versatile virtual analog synthesizer that is well suited for both studio and live use. Its compact design and wide range of features make it a great choice for musicians and producers looking for a powerful and flexible synth. With its powerful sound engine and range of advanced features, the Virus TI Polar is sure to provide users with a wide range of creative possibilities.
The First Totally Integrated Synthesizer
A scalable USB link connects the Virus to a Mac or PC for total integration of synth and studio. The VirusControl plug-in automatically detects and connects the synth, ensuring a hassle-free configuration every time.
This synth is Liam's current live favourite and he is using it in every show most of the time messing with it and making different effects and synth sounds to top of the tracks. Red toned picture is from Pukkelpop 2010.