The Access Virus synthesizer range has always had an unattainable qaulity, something that the elite synthesists use. you read their users lists and feel that somehow youâ€™ll never be able to afford one of these classy European synthesizers. Either that, or you donâ€™t make trance...
Neither of those impressions are true of course - especially now as the new Virus Ti Snow brings the latest in Virus technology into a more affordable area - okay, itâ€™s still not what you call cheap, but it is almost $1000 less than a full-blown Virus Ti keyboard and gives you a whole bunch of that DSP powered synth engine. As far as the Trance accusation goes, after my time with the Ti Snow - I was until recently, a Virus virgin yâ€™know, I would say that it is capable of a really wide range of sounds, so you can cross that off the reasons why I cant have one list. Sure, you wont get pianos and other "real" emulations, but after all, this IS a synthesizer and unashamedly so.
Thereâ€™s not much point in me writing a full review here, as I've just spent ages putting together this video review which I hope will cover it. However, please feel free to ask questions in the comments section below - in fact I encourage you to do so, and I'll endeavor to answer the best I can. (please bear in mind that sadly, I will have to give back the Ti Snow at some point in the not too distant future).
DSP powered Virtual Analog Synthesizer.
Four part multi-timbral, Internal Effects, Arpeggiator, USB-Audio Interface, Stereo x analog I/O, 192 kHz / 24-Bit D/A, MIDI I/O, LCD-Display
Polyphony: between 10 to 50 Voices, 512 RAM and 512 ROM Patches, 64 embedded Multi-Patches, TI (Total Integration) Function â€“ can also be operated via MIDI.
$1550 USD, Â£779 UK, â‚¬1100 Euros Test Setup
MacBook Pro running OS X 10.4.11, Appleâ€™s Logic Pro 8.0.2, Virus Control 2.7.048, M-Audio Axiom 61 USB controller keyboard. Mackie 1202-VLZ3 with Genelec 1029a active speakers and tolerant neighbors.