Access Music Virus A

Access Music Virus A

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Virus A, Analog Modeling Synth Rack/Sound Module from Access Music in the Virus series.

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  • Manufacturer: Access Music
  • Model: Virus A
  • Series: Virus
  • Category: Analog Modeling Synth Racks/Sound Modules
  • Added in our database on: 04/16/2004

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Access Music Virus A user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 2 reviews )
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anti-pod's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Access Music Virus A
A Virus
256 internal sounds
256 users sounds
There is a specialized version of SoundDiver either as an independent application or as a module for SoundDiver.

There are no extensions (except commercial patch made by Rob Papen, among others). Plethora of sounds are available on the blackjack site with superb access patch Matt Piccone that show the magnitude of the sound palette of the Virus.

The effects of this model are reduced to their simplest form: mono delay and chorus / flanger. The above models are equipped with multi-effects, but I prefer to rely on external effects.

Connectors: 3 x 2 outs and a stereo input = cool.
PM: One in and one out that can be configured thru.


I think the general configuration is simple, but at first it is not clear to navigate the menus to activate functions that are not accessible from the front, but in fact after 1.5 years of use, I find that menus are fairly well structured and you'll quickly get its brands.

The fact that all controls transmit MIDI controller is excellent and does not "creative process".

A small problem, however, the ergonomic Virus A, the change of hand is not practical because it is often necessary to scroll through all the menus to the parameter unit (you can select the sound edited). A parade possible: Configure the Virus for the change of controllers is transmitted without midi synthesizer and transmitted directly to change the active track on the sequencer so that controllers are routed to the active part of the sequencer.


This synth fits perfectly with my style of music (Psychedelic Trance and Ambient, dub).
I find it very versatile. We create patches easily typed with a subtractive sound of hell, but "under control" in relation to a real analog (I think including the parameters Punch, and the choice of the initial phase of oscillators for creating patches of pure bass very well defined).

I found him sound a little neat even if it can generate sounds well destroy. We must consider it a synth sound that creates perfectly clean but with the possibility of causing defects by the LFOs and other modules and thus give the sound a bit random behavior can be more alive.
This must be the filters that are very sharp and precise. The FM oscillators is terrible. I regret that the LFO can not ascended to the frequencies in the audio because it opens a lot of channels (must be said that just before I got a Doepfer MS 404 that has LFOs that tear at all). Otherwise, it can produce electric keyboard sounds friendly enough and there are patches of Hammond organ style really cool (it looks almost samples ...).
For fans of pads, it is a treat, especially with the two filters. Moreover, these two multimode filters that can be put in parallel or series are really the strength of this synth. It really makes the mixing or creating original patches.


It is, in my opinion, the best synth I've tried (with my late K2000). This is my main synth and I do not resell! However, I will append a good companion for another grain of its available! He has a hell of potato. It's been 10 years since I started to fiddle with synthesizers t I tried a lot of equipment. I found a salon in 1997 when it was released but 14 000 F at the time I could not afford it. I find that even the nine is excellent value for money, it is built like a tank.
Big Job Head07/23/2007

Big Job Head's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Access Music Virus A
Numrique synthse subtractive synth.
desktop version
-2 Oscillators (128 + PWM waveforms) + 1 sub-oscillator (sine or triangle)
FM modulation
-2 Multimode VCF-(lp, bp, hp and Notch) switchable SERIES in parallle or split.
each filter has an envelope ADSTR (T for time: Chutter or can increase the level of the envelope more or less quickly the level of APRS sustain or reaches)
-3 Faade including 2 LFO, which can be trigg and / or follow a budget
-3 Effects: distortion, chorus, delay.
-2 Assignable knobs paramtre any (internal or pm)

cot 6 output connector is possde jack and 2 between
midi in and out (out on being able to be switched through)
External power supply

ditable out is on and the great majority bte in faade.
ditable also by SoundDiver (There is a free version dedicates to the virus)

in short all you need is at hand when you need it


The simple congiguration From the time one would know a minimum synthse.

and if it does not know the manual is the tutorial to learn the basics of synthse (I said the basics and not synthse).
speaking of the manual, I find it quite well. all functions and menus are dcris (normal for a manual what!).

if there are two main menus on the virus
the edit menu for the edition of patches (third LFO, effects, etc ...)
Control menu is a menu of configuration of the virus.
These menus are long (there is a shortcut to go faster) but are organiss and we finally found it fairly quickly.


The sounds are nooooormes!
it is typical electro sr rev (that was done at the same time).
the bass is monstrous and trs Defines well, the leads can be gronn wish, and the flat sheet, short love.
He would go out trs well as in the sounds grimey well (without going to the lo-fi or even when noise).
I personally did a lot of drum'n'bass and it fits perfectly my synth music.
it sounds great for all "conventional" in electronica: trance of the hardtech spoke via new wave and ambient.

ngatif big point is the lack of effects, only three had a fair bit (especially when you want to make good ground poles, LFO is a while but good). it's nice to add a multi-purpose derrire (although I used raw for a year without worries).


I use it for a year and a half.
c'tait my first synth hardware.

I tried others before as ks rack, alesis micron, or groovebox with friends (mc909, EMX1 and rs7000).

Virus sounds heavy and greasy, not a analog and does not sound like a prtention analog but it sends a sr: heavy bass and powerful, sharp Leads , tablecloths tripe, what more?

OK this is good "that" the virus A and the audio engine then t (yet) improving but I think a great synth to learn synthse or when no too much to afford a monster numrique (so silent yet there is not that long ago)

is the kind of machine we do not want to sell, except to buy the above MODEL (what I did: once you taste there ^ ^)

given the opportunity cte: report qualitprix excellent.
I would do without this choice hsiter

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