"Back in the day, to get that sound I put a jack cable into a guitar distortion box and sampled it. Then I tuned it to a note then played it on a sampler. These days it is much easier; you have Access Virus and all these software synths that come with those sounds... I don't think there are good pads in the Virus, but it is really good for sequences."more
Used during the composition of *A Color Map of the Sun*, as stated by Pretty Lights in this July 1, 2013 *Electronic Musician* interview. > “There were no demos. I had a Wurlitzer and a small Virus Polar polyphonic synth so I could come up with chord progressions on the fly and bring it to the musicians, one at a time. I would literally go to the guitar player and say, ‘All right, strum D-minor,’ and he’d strum that, and then I’d say, ‘Okay, now add the 9th. Now strum it slower; now finger it up on this register. No, strum it up instead of down. A little faster.’ He’d finally get the strum and the chord exactly how I wanted it and I’d say, ‘Great! Stop, remember that. Stick with that.’ Then I’d go through the same process with the keyboard player on the Hammond and Wurly, the other guitar player, the horn players, and the bass player. A lot of times I would play bass, too, so we’d have two basses. (...) But through that first session, I so fell in love with analog modular synthesis, and I feel my ears really learned the lesson and could hear the difference between what my Virus sounded like when I just played a saw waveform and what the modular sounded like when I played a saw waveform. So that’s when I made the decision to make even the synthesis aspects of the record completely analog and modular. I built a big old modular synthesizer that I had to teach myself to use, and I used that for everything monophonic, and then I also purchased a polyphonic Dave Smith Prophet for the chord synthesis.” Brain Coogan, a member of Pretty Lights' live band, can also be seen playing a Virus Polar in [this photo](http://imgur.com/9joeVmc) from the beginning of the Episodic Tour 2016.more
Ben Adams, keyboard tech for Depeche Mode during their 2013 Delta Machine Tour, talks about some of the keyboards and synths used by the band live on stage. Starting at 0:21, he talks about Andy Fletcher’s Access Virus TI Polar: “So here we are on stage left, Andrew Fletcher’s position. He has two controller keyboards that are linked to my racks there, but most importantly… you have the Virus Indigo. The smaller version, the Ti. Used quite predominantly throughout the show. Most importantly, we generate the baseline for *Just Can’t Get Enough* which is pretty important!”more
I love the TI
Logic acts as his MIDI host for the three keyboard controllers (CME Pro 7, Novation ReMote SL25, and a Virus TI Polar, which is the only sound source) and a variety of plug-ins, both built-in ones and others such as Stylus-RMX; Arturia's MiniMoog; RMIV drums; Slayer2 guitars; UltraFocus; Camelspace gating effect and T-racks mastering.more
Jeff is playing the item at the May 17, 2011 Born Again VIP Experience Tour at the Civic Auditorium in Idaho Falls, Idaho. This was used throughout the tour. https://www.facebook.com/Haus.Of.Frankenstein/photos/a.493404647570.314543.114329567570/10150308018152571/?type=1&theatermore
According to Babydaddy, the equipment at Discoball Jazzfest consists of a G5 Mac running Logic Pro 7 with assorted plug-ins including the Native Instruments Komplete package, Korg's Legacy Collection, Arturia's CS80V and Gforce's Minimonsta. Hardware includes the Access Virus Indigo and Virus Polar, Roland XV5050, Studiologic SL880 master keyboard, Roland Juno 106 and Novation K-station synths. The band's main microphone is a Neumann M149, which went through the studio's HHB Radius 50, Avalon VT737, or Universal Audio 6176 preamps, and then into their MOTU 828 MkII, with monitoring taken care of by Mackie HR824s.more
what can i say. nothing that hasn't already been said. get one. worth every penny. this synth is so freaking good i'd pay more money for it. 3k is almost a bargain. thats how freakin good it is. :p
I have had this synth for approaching ten years now and it finds new locations within my set up as I changes styles and approaches to writing and performing. Very deep programming that you can take as far as you want or get inspired by the thousands of patches designed by some masterful sound designers. It is well worth checking out.
At the moment I am using the Octatrack midi sequencer to control the Polar in my live performances. These two instruments alone are a very powerful combination.