In this [article](http://www.musicradar.com/us/news/tech/me-in-my-studio-darude-523551/4), Darude talks about his Access Virus C Synthesizer, stating, "And then there's the almighty Virus... I've probably touched like 20% of its potential, it's got sounds for pretty much everything and the tweakability is endless. I use mostly software these days, but if I had to pick one virtual analog synth to work with, it'd have to be Virus."more
I owned a virus a back in the day. But now i have this virus c, has killer reverb, and the internal banks finally have great presets that are very varied. this thing does pads and string much better than the virus A ever did. more filter saturation settings, and with the new os i get moog filters that add an entirely different sound to this beast that even further sets it apart from the b and the a and the other virtual analogs. Vas are only as good as their built in fx, and the phasers and the verbs and delays prove this thing is the king of the hill. The osc is kind of weak, but the filters rule, simple great digital filters. I no longer have a need for a jupiter 6 because of this synth... i love the high pass and bands pass leads i can make with this thing, it does everything, great bass, agressive sounds, fx, pads, ambience, in your face, soft, mean, mellow, trippy weird. you name it. It is now my favorite digital synth ever made. I compared this to all the soft synths including the korg legacy, and this thing destroys all computer based VAs, it smashes them to little pieces. But still, it pales next to my Real Analogs for in your face sounds. The virus still aliases a bit, sounds great in the middle a tad iffy up high and down low. This thing is designated to filling in the cracks after my real analogs are in the mix. A jupiter 8, sh2, and moog through my ksp8 will eat this thing for lunch.. Virus C kicks the andromeda A6 in the ass hands down!more
Eric Chevalier's gear list circa 2003: Mixing Consoles: - Sony DMX-R100 - Yamaha 01V Monitors: - Genelec 1031.A - Genelec 1030.A Samplers: - Akai s6000 (x2) - Akai CD3000XL - Roland S760 (x4) - Roland SP 700 Synthesizers: - Roland JD800 - Roland JD990 - Roland MKS80 + PG - Roland MKS70 + PG (x2) - Roland XV3080 - Roland D550 - Roland A80 - E-MU Proteus 2000 - Yamaha TX802 - Kurzweil MicroPiano - Korg M1R EX - Korg Wavestation AD - Korg Triton - Alesis DM5 (drum machine) - Access Virus A - Access Virus C - The theremin - Nord Lead Computer (& Plugins): - PowerMac G4/733 - PowerBook Titanium - Monitors Plasma (x2) - Pro Tools Mix Plus (software) - Logic Audio Platinum (+ eMagic plugins) - Spectrasonics Athmosphere - Spectrasonics Stylus - Mac Five - DD 80 Go + 120 Go + 160 Go LaCie - DD 40 Go Ice - Synchro: "Time Machine" C Lab - Unitor MK2 (x3) Effects: - Lexicon 480L - PCM80 / LPX15 - Yamaha SPX90 / D1500 (x2) - Tube Tech Compressor LCA 2B - EQ Moog - TC Electronics M5000 - TC Electronic Finalizer 96K - DAT Panasonic SV-3800 - DAT Sony PCM R500more
I was the last in my gallery who bought THE synthesizer. Unlike other well-known gears, I didn't tried it before, never saw a real world tutorial about it. (For the truth, it was long before, when YouTube was a cute video site which was loaded with some kitty and parrot videos and laughing dogs. Or something like that.) Since than, my opinions changed as I heard many boring whe-whe-wheee type sound aswell with the I'm-sexy-an-I-know-it-type leads. I think, it's a good tool. Like a hammer. Did you see that somebody used the hammer to do something radically different than knocking things? With success? And did you tried to knock-in nails with something other than a hammer (in the same period)? With success??? Similar the Virus C as synthesizer. It's definitely the only synth if you would like to create typical whe-whe-wheees and saw or supersaw leads sounding like the other 16372 pieces of identical motives. You can stack near a hundred of saw signals detuned from 0.01 cents each from others, and you'll get a totally unusable sound-monster. Or you can switch off all the effects and hear the voice of an old and sick mouse while it crying for food. If you are a sound-designer, you'll better look for another gear. Virus C can do anything what is simple and strong. That is tha case what it is built on. I imagine how guys at Access thought the process: we made a bunch of presets for many electronic styles, and our users will just dial in one of them, which is the closest as his/her idea, and then just turn 3-4 rotaries to get the final tone. Play. And it works! Many successful producer used the Virus C, and kept themselves in the business with TI and TI2. Like good workers with good hammers. So if you are firstly a good keyboardist and don't want to messing with the sound, this gear must be in your setup. Otherwise if you like to fine-tune your sounds, or you fell in love with agressive D'n'B or dubstep leads, or your sound is a bit FX-hungry (like experimental or minimal styles) then you could be disappointed.
Ever since getting into producing music, I've lusted over the Access Virus. I was fortunate enough to catch an eBay auction for my Virus C at a price I would never ever see again and jumped at the opportunity. I don't regret that choice one bit!
Its great for making pretty much any sound you want and the mod matrix is very flexible. It has 3 stereo outs sou I use multiple instances of it at the same time e.g string, bass line and lead all from the same synth.
The only downside is that the sound sits a little bit in the background so sitting it in the mix can be a bit tricky sometimes.
One of the great synthesizers from Access that has revolutionized their newer TI series of synthesizers. The Virus C is by no exception an excellent synthesizer with a very thick supersaw and a great variety of other sounds - in fact, it is one of my most favourite supersaws that I have used for music production in particular. Great for lead layering.
I use that synth mostly for heavy modulated pad bass sounds and backing atmospheres. The matrix is very useful. It´s nice to programming sounds on it.
I use my trustful C at my live performances as well as in my studio. I like the wide spectrum of sounds it can produce. Even the analog emulation filters do their job good in their way. This synth sure stay in my collection.