Access announce the new Virtual Instrument for PowerCore – and it’s a peach 15/01/04
PowerCore's new Virus
PowerCore can finally boast a new virtual instrument to the growing arsenal of third-party plugins with the news that Access Music, the makers of the much acclaimed Virus range of synthesizers have announced the Virus PowerCore, a virtual version of the Virus synthesizer for the TC Electronic PowerCore PCI and PowerCore FireWire DSP card. (see our PowerCore FireWire review)
Based on the Virus Engine, this plug-in puts more sonic ammunition at your disposal than any other PowerCore compatible synthesizer available at present. With its 16 voices and three oscillators, two parallel multimode filters and extensive modulation matrix, the Virus PowerCore is more than just another virtual analogue synth. Just the effects section itself could justify this plug-in to be called a multi-effect processor. Virus PowerCore can be used as a VST Instrument for Windows, MacOS X as well as an Audio Unit. The actual synth engine runs on one of the DSPs of the TC PowerCore and therefore doesn’t put any strain on your host CPU.
About the Sound Engine
Three oscillators plus sub-oscillator, three LFOs, 2 multi stage envelopes, tons of parallel effects and the Virus highly sophisticated modulation matrix explain why the Virus has proved to very popular for analog synthesis. Every feasible parameter can be sync’ed to an incoming clock and even the FX parameters can be adjusted in realtimeÊÐ without any unwanted artefacts thanks to Access’ acclaimed Adaptive Control Smoothing technology.
For those who prefer to use the 4000+ free pre-programmed sounds from the Access website, there is good news as well:
The intuitive patch management system gives you total control over thousands of patches organised in an automatically created hierarchical menu. The file format is the same Standard MIDI File used by the hardware viruses. “Recently used Items”, “Favourite Items” and “Patch Categories” make browsing huge libraries a truly enjoyable experience.
About the Easy Page
Nowadays where the typical computer musician has to deal with dozens of applications and interfaces it becomes increasingly hard to remember where a certain parameter is located. One way out is Access’ “Easy Page” concept which consolidates the most important parameters on one page and allows the musician to focus again.
About the innovative licensing scheme
Along with the Virus PowerCore Access also presents a new and innovative software-licensing scheme. In short: you don’t pay for what you don’t need. The Base Package offers a licence which enables up to four plug-in instances utilising one DSP (16 voice, 4 instances).
A Multi DSP License can be obtained on top of the Base Package which allows the Virus to be instanced on all PowerCore DSPs simultaneously. With one PowerCore PCI, you’ll get 64 voices and 16 instances - with 4 PowerCores you’ll enjoy a 256 voice, 64 instances Virtual analog monster!
The Virus PowerCore will be available in March 2004 through every authorised TC Electronic Dealer worldwide at (EUR 399,00 suggest retail). The Multi DSP Licence will be available in Q2/2004, pricing tba.