Access Virus TI Out Of Production, After Years Of Limbo


There’s no official announcement from Access, but German synth site reports that the Access Virus TI synthesizer is officially out of production.

The Access Virus TI, introduced 20 years ago at the 2004 NAMM Show, is a DSP-based virtual analog synthesizer, with 80-voice polypyhony, 16-part multi-timbrality, three oscillators per voice,  dual multi-mode filters, expansive modulation options and a deep effects section. But the TI also goes beyond virtual analog, with supersaw, wavetable, granular & formant oscillators.

In recent years, though, Access founder Christoph Kemper turned his attention to creating the Kemper line of modeling guitar amps. The line has been hugely successful, and the Access Virus line has been in limbo, as a result.

The TI’s key feature, “Total Integration”, hasn’t been fully supported for years. Total Integration is designed to connect the Virus to a Mac or PC, letting your hardware synth appear as a multi-channel VST/AU soft-synth in your DAW. The last mention on the Virus Facebook page, in 2019, said to avoid updating your Mac software.

Even with these issues, the Virus TI remains one of the nicest synths ever made.

Synthesist and producer Joey Blush, aka Blush Response, reviewed the TI in 2022, and called it “one of the greatest synths of all time”.

And San Francisco visual artist and musician Scott Hansen called the Access Virus TI synths “incredibly beautiful and well-crafted machines”, and an alternative to “the festering pit of mediocrity that is the music technology industry”.

While synth buyers have more options than ever in 2024, there are still few synthesizers that can match the Access Virus TI from 2004.

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