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The most portable Virus ever.

The Access Virus TI Snow is probably the only virus you'd want near your computer. This tiny synth engine gives your DAW a powerful, portable sonic companion, able to access over a thousand sounds with a few button presses. The Virus TI Snow is 100% compatible with all the TI patches, and can play back a maximum of 50 voices.

The TI Snow has three 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). It has wavetable oscillators with 100 multi-index wavetables, which feature variable resolution and optional pulse-width modulation. The graintable oscillators apply granular synthesis techniques for independent control of pitch and formants to warp a waveform beyond recognition. The formant oscillators sound like running a signal through a massive, modulatable filterbank with hundreds of resonant bands being morphed by the wavetable index.

There are 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. You can get an optional self-resonating Moog cascade filter with circuit overloads simulation and 1-4 poles.

The TI Snow has two-dimensional modulation matrix with six slots (1 source and 3 modulation targets each). Every feasible parameter can be modulated in real time. There are 3 LFOs with additional hardwired destinations along with one user-definable slot. Two lightning-fast, multi-stage envelopes (ADSTR) - LFOs can be used as ramp generators as well.

The FX section has independent delay and reverb per patch (even in multi mode), along with multiple distortion/lo-fi algorithms, phaser, chorus/flanger, analog boost, ring modulator, 3-band EQ, and a global vocoder. There is no difference between single and multi modes - patches sound exactly the same.

Each patch contains it's own arpeggiator pattern featuring 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. Pretty much every parameter, including the pattern itself, the amount of octaves, and many more, can be controlled using the modulation matrix. In addition, there are 64 preset patterns as a starting point.

Between 10 to 50 voices are capable depending on the complexity of the patch. This estimate is 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. This provides freedom from breaking other programs.

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.

Total Integration
Total Integration is Access' proprietary technology. It 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. This 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 analogue input and outputs can double as an audio interface. The MIDI sockets can double as a MIDI interface.

Access Virus TI Snow Features:

  • Multiple oscillators, including wavetable, graintable, formant, and classic virtual analog
    Lowpass/highpass, bandpass/bandstop filters
    2D modulation matrix with 6 slots
    Mulitple built-in effects
    Arpeggiator with 32 programmable steps
    10 to 50 voices capable depending on the complexity of patches
    More than 6000 free patches from well known designers
    More than a 1000 built-in sounds to use
    Multi Mode
    Smooth parameter changes
    Proprietary Total Integration technology for linking Virus TI Snow with computer for a more efficient DAW setup
    2 outputs (at +4dB) backed by 192kHz/24-bit D/A converters (soft limiting optional)
    2 inputs w/24-bit A/D
    MIDI I/O
    USB for MIDI and audio transmission at 12MBps.
    Enclosure has Winter white finish, white LED and display, wood rail beneath the front panel
    Controls: 6 knobs, 21 buttons, 18 LEDs
    Templates for turning Virus into MIDI remote
    Every part can be panned dynamically between two stereo outputs for quadraphonic effects

Access Virus TI Snow Specifications:

  • Footprint dimensions: 11" x 6"

    512 RAM and 512 ROM patches, 64 embedded multi patches, 4 part in multi mode.

    TI certified hosts
    Apple Logic 8, Steinberg Cubase 4, Ableton Live 7, Digidesign Pro Tools 7.4, Cakewalk Sonar 7, ImageLine FL Studio 7.4

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  • Best electro/ ambient synth

    As reviewed by Justin blau on 4/20/2011

    After quite a few years if programming experience the virus has some of the highest quality saw based sounds I've ever heard. Considering the synth is used by electronic experts like deadmau5 and chrizz luvly it is pretty clear that the synth is a staple in an electronic music studio. Unless your are planning on using triggering more than four parts in a live performance the snow's four-part multitimbral interface is more than enough for an electronic music producer. I've had an amazing experience with the synth, and access is extremely helpful in the learning process providing many tools and free downloadable patches from artists like Sasha and even depeche mode. For beginners and experts alike, it's a necessary purchase!

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  • Little Giant

    As reviewed by MORSE on 5/25/2010

    programming so many synthesizers in the last 30 years have to say this is a most potent weapon. The sounds really excite you to explore and the payback are sounds truly unique to it. Wounderful instrument more for newer sounds, dance etc. Not a bread and butter sound instrument. Near perfect design!

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  • white metal on white!

    As reviewed by Timothy Smith on 11/23/2011

    some say looks are everything..i agree here! my new access virus ti snow sits so sexy on top of my waldorf blofeld kb. the two are a perfect match! white metal on white metal. oooh la,la! it sure turns heads in the studio. wish i could post a pic! they both sound great together. i must say i have read and heard so much about the virus ti synths that i sold 4 synths i owned to get one! it was the right choice for me. this synth is so powerful and built like a tank! and has the most amazing sounds i have ever heard in my 25 years in music. plus, you can alter them as you like. but you may not want to they are that good! perfect for movie sound tracks,atmospheric music along with elctro, industrial, and synthpop! get one and pair it up with another synth and get a unique sound. even if it's the only synth you will be your last! you wont need anything else. trust me! get one at guitar center today!

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