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VIRUS TI2 POLAR

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The successor of the acclaimed range of totally integrated synthesizers adds 25% more calculating power and sports a redesigned housing and front panel. The new operating system adds several new FX such as a Tape Delay, Frequency Shifter and several new Distortion algorithms along with a new feature called Character.

Character allows you to adjust the overall tone of a preset reminiscent of several vintage and well-known synthesizers. In addition you can emphasis certain aspects of the patch to allow it to cut better through the mix, or fade it into the background with an extra-wide stereo field.

The new distortions were built from scratch and feature an extreme dynamic range along with sophisticated controls to tailor the sound to your specific needs. They can add everything from warm, tube-like overtones to complete sonic deconstruction more reminiscent of circuit-bending. The new algorithms also include a revamped bit and sampling-rate reduction, allowing you to change the quality and cutoff point with precise, continuously variable control.

The stereo Frequency Shifter and the new Ring Modulator are state of the art algorithms modelled with old '70s stomp boxes in mind.

The Tape Delay goes way beyond the possibilities of the real Tape Delays in the '60s and '70s. It smoothly syncs to tempo, lets you decide if a Doppler effect takes place when changing the tempo, and even switching the delay time between presets is all smooth, making it perfect for performers. Last but not least, a modification to the main "VCA" algorithm enables OS3 users to design gating FX known from electro and minimal influenced music.

Features:
• 37 Keys, Velocity and Aftertouch
• Two Pedal Input
• White LEDs
• Illuminated logo at the back

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I purchased this synth in 2012, and have used it numerous times on projects through those three years. I'm the type of person who really enjoys using analog hardware. I have spent a lot of time experimenting with ARP 2600s, Moog Voyagers, Buchlas, Euroracks, et cetera. Very few digital synths interest me; but the Virus is an extraordinarily notable exception. Everything this synth does, it does extremely well. On top of that, all of the built in effects are actually fantastic. The oscillators sound as analog as any analog synth I've ever used, and the variety of oscillators that are there out of the box is staggering. The routing options are also fantastic! Especially within the VST. You would be hard pressed to find a better synth; but, be warned, it is an expensive investment. I personally feel that it is worth the time and effort to find one.
Posted by Alex on Mar 11, 2015
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Virus TI2 is an electronic dance music beast. All that is needed.4 of 4 customers found this review helpful

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DISCLAIMER: I am an electronic music production hobbyist The number one thing is the sound, it is amazingly rich, lush, piercing and powerful where it needs to be. If you are new to synthesis, expect thousands of amazing presets to keep you busy for a long, long time. There is a big learning curve though.. when you start making your own sounds, but that's where things get awesome. I love this synth (not entirely analog, but that argument is moot anyway). If you are the type of sound designer who has the sound in their head and wants to re-create it, this is the way. Infinite parameters. If you want to emulate a sound, any sound, it can be done with the Virus. I tried out the Roland GAIA, the Ultra Novation, some Korgs, classic Moog's etc.. but I ended up keeping the Polar TI2. It has so many voices. I also used some of the most popular VST synths (Massive, Sylenth etc...) but, they just can't get 'that' sound. Plus, if you are a knobs and dials, hands-on kind of person looking to spend less time with a mouse and computer screen/daw, a physical synth will do that for you. Speaking of which, the Virus TI2 Polar software integrates amazingly well with Logic as a plug in. I have this synth paired with a Dave Smith Tempest (analog drum machine) and I feel like I can do anything. From deep bass lines, techno leads, dance chords, strings, you name it. If your thing is EDM dance and electro stuff like, Deadmaus, Benny Benassi, Steve Aoki, Avicci, Hardwell and the other 'top' pop dance producers, you'd be pleased to know these artists have TI synth somewhere in their arsenal. I know for sure this is not the only genre this synthesizer is suited for. Do I sound happy? =) Did I wait 5 months before posting a review? Yes!
Posted by RajaSandhu.com on Jan 19, 2014
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