Posts by GESchwalm

    a good start for formant like sounds is to use the Grain or Formant Oscillators and modulate the Wavetable Index, F-Shift and F-Spread parameters, in addition to working with LP filter and resonance modulation and the more aggressive distortion types. Combining that with the phaser or and filter bank can get you some wild result.

    Agreed! :)

    Vember, try the F-Shift param in the Complex Grain mode with a square wave such as can be found at the beginning of wavetable Sqr Series. Osc sync sweep functions can take you into this territory, too.

    Wavetables heavy on formant pitch sweeps are:


    Glass Sweep






    I love formant synthesis which is what started my interest in synths to begin with! :)


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    No ridicule needed! Being conscientious about your gear is a virtue! :saint:

    Just how big are these brackets? How long have you been hearing the rattle? Maybe Access accidently left them in there during assembly. Stranger things have happened! Funny there weren't any loose screws from the brackets rattling around in there too, unless they "escaped". No other brackets mounted in there like those?

    Here's a thought: maybe Access noticed the black key clacking sound after assembly and just grabbed something (the brackets) and just shoved them in there to stop it and then they got loose later on! 8o

    But yes, recheck your reassembly for any screws that didn't seat properly.

    Indeed a weird situation! I wish I could help more. I wonder if Access Support would respond to an email?

    Best of luck!

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    Hi is it possible to preview the value of a knob when the global mode is set to Jump?

    Yes! Simply access the page that contains the parameter you are interested in and the current value of the parameter will be listed there. For example, if you wanted to check the current value of Amp Env Attack, press the Edit button in the Filter section until the Amp Env parameters appear.

    Also, when changing the value of a parameter, the original value will still be indicated by a flash from the Access logo light located between the two Osc Volume knobs each time the value is crossed when turning the appropriate parameter's knob.

    Hope that helps! :)

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    I've always thought of a vocoder the old-fashion way- plugging a vocal microphone into a hardware vocoder-enabled synth to modulate a patch, but nobody in this thread is mentioning that. I've never tried the vocoder on the TI2, but always been intrigued by it. There's no XLR mic input on the TI2 desktop. How do I set up a traditional vocoder like this using my TI in standalone mode?

    Thanks everyone! :)

    Thanks kazeko! Good to know! I have my TI2 plugged into a power strip with other hardware also plugged into it. When I'm through with a session I put my TI into Standby but then turn the power strip off too, so that's good. I agree, they should have included an on/off switch. But no, Access thought it was more important to include a silly demo song as part of the permanent interface. X/


    PS. Don't forget, even if you leave your TI in Standby, or disconnect the PSU from the unit, the PSU itself is still on and running if it is plugged in to the wall or a power strip that is left on.

    It might be because a softknob can land on an in-between value whereas the value buttons work in absolute increments. Even without using the shift button, my softknobs will jump +/- 1 occasionally, which by this reasoning, is perfectly understandable. However, if you are experiencing a wider range of jumpiness then maybe there is something else going on, such as a dirty pot? Try turning the knob back and forth a few times to clear any possible internal dust or corrosion. Crude suggestion, I know, but that's what first comes to mind other than perhaps a software issue. Hope this helps. :)

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    I have yet to dive deeper in all its intricacies, which I've not taken enough time to do since I got it, partly because I'm short on time, and partly because I'm quite a lazy guy.

    Welcome to the forum janbess! Hope you get some free time because I know the TI2 will energize you! :)


    Stack 1 left hand sounds like a voice used a lot by Tangerine Dream, like a smooth bass harpsichord. Maybe try searching for a harpsichord-like preset like that on the TI2 that you might could edit?

    Stack 2 just sounds like a generic synth pad of which I'm sure you could find something close by scrolling through Pad category.

    Funny, I was perusing Emulators and Emax's just last night. :)

    Hello everyone!,

    For a change of pace from all the technical issues posts, what say we have a little fun? (Except of course, having a technical issue solved IS fun!).

    Allow me to initiate a poll of some of our favorite factory patches on our Virus TI2s. Personally, I have auditioned and notated each and every patch through ROM K including the 21 exclusive RAM patches with the rest still remaining eventual perusal. I’m sure not everyone has been as obsessively thorough about this as I have (check my posts discussing wavetables and spectral waves to see what I mean!), but it would be very interesting to learn what sort of patches appeal to the different styles of Virus users out there. We might all even discover a patch we didn’t know we love!

    My favorites then will reflect the two or three synths that have influenced me the most over the years, the PPG Wave 2 and 2.2 (yes, of course I’ve never actually played one!!), the Roland D-50, and Yamaha’s phase modulation method coming in a not too distant third, while also including the strong inherent personality of the TI2.

    So, to get us started, here are five hard-chosen ROM favorites of mine, 3 pads and 2 arps, the toppermost of the poppermost as it were, taken from my somewhat larger list of favorites:

    D31 DualiTI…..Formanty and spectral wavy, with tons of movement needing just a touch of Filter Env attenuation, this patch utilizes a favorite wavetable of mine “Overtunes 2” and a Hypersaw oscillator which I almost never use! Wonders never cease.

    D32 DustFld…..(Field? Flood?) My all-time favorite Virus patch so far! If I were an Access salesperson, this is what I would first use to show off the TI2 to a prospective customer, featuring two oscillators worth of “Bat Cave”. Holy Wavetable!

    G18 Boingy…..Yep! Sounds like a patch Froese used on the Kafka album. YouTube track #10. You’ll see.

    H30 D=CM+1…..Ok, here’s the weird one, cryptic title and all! Evocatively spooky and cinematic, the Dickens to exterminate that annoying distortion, and using a deceptively simple wavetable “Chords”. A ghost haunted by people.

    K34 Ganges…..An exotic arp of spectral waves beckoning for adventure. Reminds me of crossing a hemp rope bridge. Never done that.

    So let’s hear what your favorite patches are, two or three or so, and maybe a little bit about why you chose them!



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    Is there a way to set and/or change global BPM tempo on the TI Virus arpeggiator without using a midi clock from an external device?

    Yes! On the hardware unit, go to the central Edit button (near the display screen) and press to Common menu. Tempo control will be on page one, or you can use Shift + Amp Env Release. It will affect the Arp, clocked LFOs, and clocked Delay effect.

    Cheers! :)

    Haven’t done any sound design on the Virus for almost a year. Have to find my way back into that

    Likewise! I’ve been preoccupied with home repair projects myself for several months now. Slowly getting back to working in my studio….

    Why do you prefer to use that Sine wavetable compared to the standard virtual analog Oscillator? Other features of the Wavetable Oscillators?

    Exactly! Osc 2 Wavetable Mode has the PM carrier function, so I assumed Access’s reason for the Sine table was mostly for doing 2-operator, DX style tones which can be fun. Of course, the Wave Shaper in Filter sats can give you very similar results, too. Otherwise, I almost never use sine waves!

    I think I once used it for FM because it allows a different FM mode IIRC.

    Yes, Osc 2 Wavetable Mode has a choice of FM (not a big fan but glad it’s there) or the PM function. Osc 2 Classic Mode gives you only FM ability but with a choice of modulator sources from Osc 1.

    I’m sure you’re already familiar with of all of this, and I hope you don’t mind my reiteration! :)

    So… hoe do you use these Wavetables? I guess setting Interpolation to zero is the first step, but then?

    There's actually not much to it. Set the interpolation value to the degree you want the waves in the table to be blended, 127 if you want to hear the individual waves that make up the table each by themselves. Then manually sweep through the index to look for a wave that's sounds interesting to you to use as the oscillator's assigned wave, and then continue with your normal processing in constructing a patch, such as incorporating the other oscillators, filtering, envelopes, effects, etc. It's just like choosing a wave to use from the Classic Mode's Spectral Wave selection.

    As I have mentioned elsewhere, a single wave that contains lots of harmonics can be used all by itself to make a nice evolving wavetable-like pad by modulating a bandpass filter with a tri-wave bipolar LFO in poly mode. I always add dual unison with some detuning and stereo spread to lush it up. I'm sure there must be other applications - using the arpeggiator somehow, or filter modulations with a S&H LFO, or an envelope, etc.

    I'm not saying that there will always be sonically interesting single waves to be found in the tables I've listed for this use, only that these tables don't appear to me to be useful for anything but single wave selection. Actually, any of the TI's 100 wavetables can be candidates for finding interesting single waves using the coarse interpolation/manual index scan approach. Don't forget of course, the Sine table is made up of only one sine wave.

    I am intrigued to learn about this approach since it could open up sound capabilities I haven’t thought of before.

    I'm so glad you're interested! :)



    Fantastic!! I wish someone with more ability in this sort of thing than I am capable of would mass produce and make available for sale this great idea! In fact, it would be really nice if Access would include (or would have included) one of these with your purchase of a TI2! ;)