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Access Music Virus kb
Overall Rating
Submitted: March 19th, 2005
by Anonymous Reviewer
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Sound Quality
The sounds are very fat and warm but the attacks can be set to be very fast and sharp so it makes a good thick sound. The filters can be arranged in a variety of ways that gives the sound a lot of animation although some of the more advanced modulation routing parameters are hidden inside the small LCD menu. It's perfect for dance/techno/hip-hop/electro genres but I use it as a texture within my more traditional pop arrangements quite well. My setup includes some sampler and FM sounds and this synth balances them quite nicely. I sold my Nord Rack 2 because the sound was too static and hard for my tastes and the Virus kb is much better in this category and much easier to blend with other synths.
Reliability/Durability
It's never had a problem once in three years.
Price/Value
General Comments
If I lost it I would probably buy the newer Virus models out there to replace it. I bought it at the peak of its popularity which means I probably overpaid a little for it. I've been playing for 20 years and I own gear from E-mu, Roland and Yamaha in addition to software synths / samplers from MOTU and Native Instruments. I love the way the keyboard feels and the way the sounds respond to my playing. I don't like the more techno patches that came with it since they are more limited in use. I wish more of the filter parameters were available on the front panel, but otherwise that's it! It is my main keyboard and one of my primary synthesizers so it plays a part in almost every song I write.
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