The Virus TI Polar is a synth with the lot! A major overhaul of the features and functions sees the Access Virus stepping up to a new level of creativity and is sure to find a home in many home studios. New synth features for the Virus TI Polar include greatly increased polyphony, 2 new oscillator types, a per-patch programmable arpeggiator, 16 x 2 delay/reverb fx, embedded singles in multi mode, and much more.
A much bigger Liquid Crystal Display (128x32 pixels). The Virus TI Polar's display shows up to 4 rows of text and graphics. In most cases three parameters are being displayed at the same time. As a result, there are only 1/3 of the menu pages in comparison to the previous VIRUS series. The Access Virus TI Polar links to your computer with VIRUSControl, a companion software product which ports the hardware synth into a host sequencer for use as a sample-accurate VST/AU instrument, simultaneously offering 2-way audio and MIDI connectivity, control surface functionality, editor and librarian functions, and more.
3 edit knobs underneath the Virus TI Polar's display which can edit three parameters at the same time. The 3 soft knobs can also act as programmable and nameable knobs for every individual patch. A scalable USB link connects the Virus TI Polar to a Mac or PC for total integration of synth and studio. The VIRUSControl™ plug-in automatically detects and connects the synth, ensuring a hassle-free configuration every time. From inside a host application, the plug-in enables the Virus TI Polar to appear as a multi-channel VST/AU soft-synth with up to 4 sub-mixes (or 2 x stereo).
The Virus TI Polar is also well-equipped to capitalise on the power of Total Integration. With 24-bit 192KHz balanced analog, S/PDIF I/O and MIDI in and out ports, the new Virus TI Polar is well-suited for use as the main audio and MIDI I/O centre for your entire rig. These functions are especially practical for the laptop studio, offering an unmatched range of features and capabilities from one product.
Additionally, a new Remote Mode allows the Virus TI Polar to become a control surface for any MIDI-capable device or software, mapping each of the 33 knobs to a specific MIDI message. Virus TI Polar ships with a great selection of templates and includes 32-user memories for custom controller maps. It's a powerful addition that greatly increases the value of the synth's studio footprint.
Of course, Virus TI Polar is still a VIRUS, with all the soul of its legendary predecessors, but for Total Integration, the power and performance of the synth engine have been taken to new extremes, thanks to a newly optimised core which delivers unprecedented performance. For starters, polyphony is more than doubled, to 80 voices under average conditions.
Also new in Virus TI Polar is HyperSaw™. It taps up to 9 parallel sawtooth oscillators (plus 9 optional subs!) for colossal classic layers. The number of voices can be changed smoothly in realtime. Surprisingly, HyperSaw doesn't require additional power or reduce your polyphony! With 9 main plus subs per voice, the Virus TI Polar can play over 1800 oscillators in realtime! Now imagine Access' award winning filters, including MiniMoog cascade emulation, on raw, pulsating WaveTables or insanely fat HyperSaws.