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Access | Virus Ti Snow
Taking the powerful Virus TI and scale it down to a small desktop module. That is exactly what the Virus TI Snow is. Access have taken the Virus TI, drastically reduced the front panel controls, reduced DSP processing power a bit, brought multitimbral performance down to 4-parts from 16 and polyphony is reduced from 80 voices down to 50 voices, but left the underlying synthesizer engine untouched. The TI Snow thus bridges the price gap, giving users the power and flexibility of a Virus TI, in a compact and more affordable desktop sound module.
The TI Snow has the same synthesizer engine found in the rest of the TI series. In a nutshell, this includes three oscillators with one sub oscillator per voice, a wide collection of waveforms including the classic Virus virtual analog models, the massive HyperSaw, Wavetable, Graintable, and Formant waveforms. Two multi-mode filters (HP, LP, BP, BS) and an Analog Filter mode modeled after the Moog cascade filter with 6 to 24 dB/oct slopes. A modulation matrix with 6 sources and 3 destinations each (18 routings total). Three LFOs and two very fast ADSTR envelope generators. A fully featured 32-step arpeggiator for creating really nice and musical arpeggiated patterns. A complete effects section with 129 parallel effects. And finally, the Atomizer beat slicer-n-dicer.
All parameters are controlled from three knobs located below the white LCD display screen. They can be assigned to a parameter from the rows of buttons on the right which also double as patch select buttons. Even though the TI Snow has eliminated almost all on-board knobs in order to slim it down, the Snow is still just as flexible and programmable as the original but there will be a lot of menu diving to get to the desired parameters. The TI Snow has the VIRUS Control plug-in software that will give you in-depth graphical access to all parameters when connected to a computer. This is the exact same control plug-in software used by the rest of the TI series and is really the key to blowing any limitations of the Snow's hardware interface out of the water.
The Total Integration system allows you to plug your Virus TI Snow into your computer via the USB port located on the back. Once it's hooked up to your computer you can access the Virus TI from your DAW where it can appear as a VST/AU plug-in. This brings the TI into your computer based music studio with plug-and-play ease where you can use the TI Snow as it was clearly intended - as a sound module. You can easily use the VIRUS Control plug-in to quickly browse patches, make in-depth program tweaks, or use the hardware itself for basic tweaks or if you want to play/record any real-time control changes via the three main knobs. You can assign your Virus TI Snow as your computer's sound card which will route all of your DAWs audio out the Snow's stereo outputs and you can use its stereo inputs to bring sounds into your DAW.
Updated versions of the OS that can be downloaded and installed into the Virus TI series ensure that this hardware synth will always have the latest software under its hood. If you've ever wanted to get yourself a Virus TI and can sacrifice hands-on controls, the Virus TI Snow may be the the right choice for you.
|Model||Virus Ti Snow|
|LFO||3 LFOs with 68 waveforms|
|Engine Detailed||3 oscillators with one sub oscillator per voice|
|Filter (VCF)||2 multi-mode filters (lowpass, highpass, bandpass, bandstop) with an optional saturation module and an Analog Filter modeled after the Moog cascade filter with 6 to 24 dB/oct slopes|
|Envelope (VCA)||2 ADSTR envelopes|
|FX||129 parallel effects: delay, reverb, distortion/lo-fi algorithms, phaser, chorus/flanger, character control, ring modulator/shifter, EQ, vocoder|
|Memory||512 RAM and 512 ROM patches|
|Midi||I-O + USB|
|Produced:||2008 - 2008|
|Legend:||Obvious||Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable|
|VCO||Voltage Controlled Oscillator||DCO||Digital Controlled Oscillator|
|LFO||Low Frequency Oscillator||Sub||Sub Oscillator|
|VCF||Voltage Controlled Filter||VCA||Voltage Controlled Amplifier|
|Velocity||As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key.||Aftertouch||Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.|
|Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.|