First Access made "music electronics", devices to control the Waldorf Microwave or the Oberheim Matrix Synths. Then there was the Virus, a synth that is now (three years after it was first made) considered a classic...


 

[Virus logo, stolen from the ACCESS site]
...now there is more and more, and actually too much, too many products for me to follow each of them as closely as the original Virus.

I will try to keep up with the development of the Virus line and post things that are relevant to it.

I am putting up this page to provide you with basic info on all of the products Access is offering, to give you a starting point if you are interested. some of them will be covered more than others, if there is anything you are missing please ask me and I will try to provide it...

The Virus b: The Virus b is the updated Virus, it has more voices, more effects, more sound variety, a slightly changed (but much improved) user interface, goodies like the envelope follower and much more. The Virus b
The Virus kb: what looked like the keyboard version of the Virus later turned out to be the keyboard version of the better Virus b. Access however did little more than stuff a Virus b into one case with the keaboard (the "Nord-approach") instead of taking the full "Q-Approach" where Waldorf actually added more knobs and buttons to the keyboard version since there is more space on a keyboard afterall... On the Virus you can use this space to put your Nova (heresy...;-) or land any small airplane. The Virus kb
The Virus TDM: this is a software synth for the TDM plugin standard used by Digidesign's ProTools sof/hardware combination. It owes its life to a coincidence: the Virus uses the same DSPs as the ProTools "DSP Farms" do. It lacks in the user interface (obviously it has no real buttons), but sounds just like the hardware Virus -- after all it is a hardware Virus, in a different case... also: you can use a hardware Virus to control all TDM Virus parameters... http://www.digidesign.com/...
The Future: what will it hold? an fx unit from Access? a VST 2.0 Virus? a $15k Virus plus? A Virus sampler? An external filterbox? A low-cost Virus monosynth (like the Waldorf pulse)? A Virus sequencer? I guess we will have to wait and see...