We spend a great deal of time optimising the TI for performers. Studio players can automate a filter sweep until it sits right, but having controls that feel right to performers make the TI better for everyone, all the time. One of the reasons why many of us are drawn to vintage synthesizers is that the few hands on controls those had tend to be a joy when tweaked. That's why we fine tune every parameter in the Virus for performance.
The TI is ultra fast. Whether just switching a menu or loading an entire multi mode patch, it always feels snappy. All menus are laid out for quick access to the most important parameters. What's more, they are context sensitive, so for instance you don’t have to bother with reverb parameters when the actual effect is not enabled.
The wooden side handles were specifically designed to give performers who make use of the pitch
benden and modulation wheel extra grip. The pedal inputs are auto switching, so you don't have
to worry about configuration when you need to borrow a pedal in a hurry.
The keyboard versions' LED logo on the back pulses in sync with the Virus' tempo, providing a visual metronome for the rest of the band to make live arpeggitor lines more enjoyable. The Virus can interpret the tempo of an audio source and sync to it in as little as one bar. From that point onwards, everything will stay in sync -- LFOs, delays, arpeggiators, the beat slicer and more.
Every virus patch allows you to connect your favorite sound shaping functions individually to three onboard assignable knobs. You can name these mappings appropriately and even assign multiple parameters to one knob for multi-axis real-time sound morphing.
We take great pride in the Virus TI’s construction quality. Every unit is is engineered, built and assembled in Germany by specialists who know that musicians must truly be able to rely on their instruments. The entire housing is made of metal, ensuring road-worthy reliability, while overall weight is reduced with lighter materials for comfortable transport. On the road, a reduction in weight is a gain in the quality of life.
During the development of the Virus TI range, we felt that in order to achieve the complexity on nowadays' production sound an enormously fast system would be needed. That's why, in difference to all Viruses before, the TI range utilises two parallel and highly specialised Freescale signal processors. With the Virus TI you don't have to re-assign effects in multi mode and think about how to share your reverb. Because every patch sounds exactly the same in multi and single mode.
The Virus TI is not only a synthesizer; it is a full-fledged multi-effect processor with analog and digital inputs. Listen to the following examples which feature real bass, guitar and drums played through the Virus' FX engine. Of course the entire synthesizer engine works in parallel so you could play synth parts simultaneously.