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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Sid Kinnear a professional user from Wales writes:
This is exactly what I mean....

The posts written by Nafta and Jon are written by the same person. Not only are the writing styles the same, they were written within 14 minutes of each other. Obviously this person is hell bent on seeing just how low he can push the overall user rating for the TI. Once he gets bored or reaches his target, I should imagine he'll move onto another synth make/model.

Having used most synths over the past 20 years, it is my belief that NO synth is worth 1 out of 5. Not even the worst, crappiest synth ever is actually worth a 1 - they all have their strengths and weaknesses, bugs and frustrations.

The TI is currently using OS 1.23 and is very stable. Any remaining bugs which might exist (and I have to be honest, Ive not had any) will get rectified. Access are still the leader in terms of after sales care, OS updates etc.

It would be nice if people could make honest reviews that are genuinely helpful, rather than making idiotic statements which are distinctly untrue/unfounded (to a real TI user anyhow).

Just to reiterate, potential buyers beware - many of the negative reviews Ive seen written here and on the Virus forums appear to be written by people passing themselves off as TI users when in fact its highly doubtful they actually are. Why do I think this? its because they rant and rave without going into specific detail, and do not back it up with constructive comments which might be helpful. In my opinion, most of the negative reviews Ive read have absolutely no technical detail at all....hence my skepticism.

The TI represents a great/good synth (FULL STOP)


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-06-2006 at 05:44
daniel a part-time user from Germany writes:
I just love this beast. I got it just after the newest update came out and have had not problems with it so far. Sound wise I think it is mutch better than the c which I still have (for live stuff). And no I do not think it sounds like a softsynth,the once I have do not even come close to this M.....F..... . I do think access screwed up a bit on the ti side because you can not use it like a real vst, for example no freeze no rendering ,except for realtime which I did with my c and just two stereo outs within the software, so no proper mixing or use with other plug ins. If you need a bred und butter synth for all styles of music and have the cash then get this because no other va or plugin can match this sonicly.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-05-2006 at 06:44
jon a part-time user from UK writes:

After dealing with Access support, I could not sell it fast enough. I had a virus B & C before and enjoyed them both while I had them.

Why would Access cut the C to make this junk? I know they are no some huge company, But please!

Sure it sounds fine and all. But when it crashes, has stuck notes, & wont patch to the computer (mac & pc) it turns into a PAPER WEIGHT.

So I had to sell it. We ended up picking up a old B model and it works fine.

We will not be buying Access products again ever.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-04-2006 at 04:22
nafta from USA, Arizona, Phoenix writes:
no sir, i dont like it.

yes it sounds fine. yes it is very buggy. no it does not sound anything like a waldorf xtk or wavestation. yes it can be made to sound "analog" and no, the "andromeda A6" actually is not a complete "analog" synth. the oscillators are analog. but everything else is digital. yes the A6 is cool as well as the virus ti

however, i sold the TI because of the buggs that access never fixed. i dont know if the fixed them yet or not. (10/4/06)

the TI is a cool concept, but the nord modular g2 is IMHO the best choice out there.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-04-2006 at 04:09
Sid Kinnear a professional user from Wales writes:
All these posts below mine are lies. The TI sounds no worse than the C or B versions, infact the TI sounds alot better. The TI has improved definition and clarity and there is slighty less audiable aliasing. It genuinely annoys me to hear people commenting on the wavetables as sounding useless, thats complete nonesense. The Virus wavetables are fine for tonal textures, digital bass and leads. You can get some lovely moving pads with them also. If you dont like the Virus Wavetables you probably wouldnt like the Korg Wavestation, Waldorf XT, PPG etc etc - I hope that puts some perspective on it.

Overall, no other VA on the market can touch the Virus in terms of versatility, quality build, sublime key action and high quality sound. The Virus does not sound analog, it sounds like a digital interpretation of analog. There is nothing wrong with this, if you want true analog, get the Andromeda A6 - they cost the same now. There really is no point buying a Ti to then complain about the fact it doesnt really sound that analog. Are people really that stupid?

The TI can be used for all genres of music and can make a great deal of very good sounds. Potential buyers should not be disuaded from purchasing this synth on the basis of ill informed comments from other 'users'. Honestly, alot of these reviews sound alien to me and I doubt their integrity. I think alot of naysayers have jumped at the opportunity to pull Access down because of early OS teething problems. Sad world we live in when people do that...

Ill just conclude by saying - If you want that late 90's VA synth tone + some interesting/fresh/new possibilities, then the TI is still where its at. If you want true analog sounds and are not bothered about wavetables, then look into synths. In the mean time, enjoy and applaud the Virus for what it does, its not perfect, no synth has ever been perfect. The Virus line will always be the classic VA of late 90's and beyond


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-02-2006 at 12:32
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