Is the Virus development dead ?

  • If there's one thing I've learned, it's that companies NEVER admit they're closing until they're closed. And the fact that Marc is still here (Hey there Marc :) ) doesn't prove a thing, I'm afraid.
    Personally, I find it pretty obvious that Access is going out of the hardware synth business. No news or new products for years makes this pretty clear. Sure, they'll keep selling the Ti until demand subsides, but that's already happening.
    What I wonder, though, is if there's something else cooking over at Access..
    What worries me is that Access for all it's greatness in making the Virus is, ultimately, a one trick pony... so to speak. The only synth they ever made was the Virus series. So it's really impossible to predict their success with a new product based on that.


    Whatever it is, I hope it comes soon, as Access is slowly starting to become forgotten and, frankly, irrelevant in today's music production climate.


    Still love my Ti, though ;)

    DAW: Cubase 7.5 (x86/x64)
    OS:Windows 7 (64bit)
    CPU: Intel i7 930 @ 4.0GHz
    MB: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
    RAM: 3x 2GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz
    GPU: MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II 1GB DDR5
    HDD: Intel 320 120GB SSD, 2x Seagate 320GB (raid0)
    Sound: E-mu 1212M
    Monitoring: Dynaudio BM6A Mk2 + BM9S Sub
    DSP: UAD-2 Duo
    USB: Virus Ti, BCF2000, Novation Remote SL...

  • I suspect most of their work is on the Kemper amps and simulators, which is of course wonderful. On the flipside it means they are starving the Virus, clearly believing it will be fine, it is a winner, and Kemper was really keeping Access alive by acquiring them.


    It's really time to put some attention back on the Virus, perhaps putting out something between the Snow and the Polar. Or beefing up the stats on the TI series. Hardware cycles ARE very long typically especially in smaller companies, so I understand everything taking longer, especially with what amounts to two separate hardware companies each working with half the resources.

  • If there's one thing I've learned, it's that companies NEVER admit they're closing until they're closed. And the fact that Marc is still here (Hey there Marc <img src="http://www.virus.info/library/wcf4/images/smilies/smile.png" alt=":)" /> ) doesn't prove a thing, I'm afraid.
    Personally, I find it pretty obvious that Access is going…


    NOOOO, i pray thats not the case. We're in a new synth revolution right now they cant give up on the original beast VA synth that's been the king of its lane for like 20 years now or whatever. But like i said, whatever happens i just pray that we can get the compatibility and software supported for as long as possible. It's just a shame if this amazing synthesizer gets discontinued. :(

  • If Access stay or go, live or die - this won't affect the synth that is sitting in your studio right now. It will still play those awesome patches, with that immense sound, when you press a key!!


    Yep, it's true!!! 8o

  • I don't think it's irrelevant, couldn't live without some of the sounds.
    I guess I could sample it but it's not the same thing with the controls added to the sounds.


    However I do think LfmC might be correct in that it won't be any successors to the current line.
    Possibly when the HW line don't sell anymore they'll turn the sound engine into a VST/etc. to get the last out of the development.


    Bought a VirusB in 200x (still have it as well) and it has never been this quite over all those years.

  • If Access stay or go, live or die - this won't affect the synth that is sitting in your studio right now. It will still play those awesome patches, with that immense sound, when you press a key!!


    Yep, it's true!!! <img src="http://www.virus.info/library/wcf4/images/smilies/w00t.png" alt="8o" />


    Yes that's true, but if the total integration is one of the main reasons you use the synth why would u not be concerned about how long it will be supported?

  • If Access stay or go, live or die - this won't affect the synth that is sitting in your studio right now. It will still play those awesome patches, with that immense sound, when you press a key!!


    Yep, it's true!!! <img src="http://www.virus.info/library/wcf4/images/smilies/w00t.png" alt="8o" />


    I disagree, ive owned this thing for about a month now got it second hand, its 8 months old and i haven't had a session where i don't have to restart over 5-10 times, ive contacted support and got an email back, asking me to send info back on which other items are pluged into USB etc, I get one email per day so at this rate the problem will never get solved.


    What worries me slightly is people are saying they are staying on top of updates but 5.1.3 is listed as a beta software on the website and support tell me that latest official version 5.0.8.0 (non beta) of the software doesnt support Yostemite which is over a year old. To me that isnt staying fresh or current, i dont care about features i would just love it to be stable because the 1 or 2 sounds i squeezed out of it so far are great.


    Out of interest does anyone else have a similar setup that actually works


    OSX 10.10
    16GB Ram
    Macboook pro Retina late 2013
    1TB SSD


    Virus ti 2


    Live 9.5 64 bit


    Tried everything i can think of



    Changing cables,
    Audio cards
    No other usb connections
    latency settings max low and in between


    Nothing works, when i'm using the virus as an audio card the rest of my sounds play, the virus either plays no sound or distorted so bad i cant make out what it is


    Only thing i can do is restart, and hope it lasts longer than 2 minutes

  • I just hope that updates still occur and that this whole thing doesn't turn into the JazzMutant Lemur ordeal. Regardless of Total Integration, which would be really weak if it was pulled, the virus is an amazing hardware synthesizer and even with the Virus TI Plugin I still usually use the knobs on my Virus Polar TI2. Plus the atomizer is awesome and the Remote section is great for controlling stuff through MIDI, which can be done at least on a Mac because the MIDI driver is plug and play ( to the best of my knowledge and please correct me if I am wrong).

  • Armino-g you can go up to 6 channels if you use both the usb and the analogue outs...or even 9 if you use the analogue outs as mono :)


    Guys I disagree with a few of you saying that the synth "is not relevant anymore". It's a synthesizer - it all depends on how you use it and program it to make the best out of it. Yes Access are a bit radio silent lately regarding the Virus, no updates, Vocoder still doesnt work perfectly but hey, we got one of the best synths in the market. I truly feel grateful for owning a Virus (Ti2 Desktop) but I guess it's human nature to be wanting more and more isn't it?

  • The virus will never die at all.
    As long as you understand simple synthesis you will be able to keep it alive and continue to make new sounds that have the Virus edge to it.
    I think it has proven itself nice over the last 11 years and its good as is.
    Sure a OS update could be handy when it will be needed and if its really needed in time for certain OS updates on Mac or Windows then i'm positive the team behind virus will be there to arrange that the total integration part keeps working.