virtual analogue synhtesizer plug-in
(based on the Virus Engine)
for the TC Electronic PowerCore PCI and PowerCore FireWire DSP card platform

Virus PowerCore can be used as a VST Instrument for Windows or MacOS X as well as an Audio Unit. The actual synth engine runs on one of the DSPs of the TC PowerCore and therefore doesn’t put any strain on your host CPU.

Sound Engine

Three oscillators plus sub-oscillator, three LFOs, 2 multi stage envelopes, tons of parallel effects and a highly sophisticated modulation matrix. Every feasible parameter can be sync’ed to an incoming clock and even the FX parameters can be adjusted in realtime by the Access' Adaptive Control Smoothing technology.

About the Patch Management

The patch management system gives you total control over thousands of patches organised in an automatically created hierarchical menu. The file format is the same Standard MIDI File used by the hardware Viruses. Recently used Items, Favourite Items and Patch Categories let you quikly browse huge libraries.

Easy Page (parameters location)
Access’ “Easy Page” consolidates the most important parameters on one page and allows the musician to focus again.


-Up to 4 oscillators per voice. Three main oscillators plus one sub oscillator (when using the third oscillator the voice is being reduced by approx. 30%. In full usage the Virus' polyphony may therefore lose a maximum of 5 voices.)
-Sawtooth, variable pulse, sine, triangle waves + 62 additional spectral waves FM (Frequency modulation) for the Oscillators with external Input signals

-2 fully independent filters each user selectable as lowpass, highpass, bandpass or bandreject4 filter routings in serial/parallel configurations
-up to 6 poles (36 dB) per voice
-3 LFOs (68 LFO shapes)Envelope operating mode and LFO- tempo-sync to midi clock
-2 ADSTR envelopes (T=Time)
-Independent arpeggiators with numerous arpeggiator patterns and real time parameter access. Arpeggio parameters can be modulated in realtime and include swingfactor and notelenght.
-Multiple simultaneous DSP effects like:
Reverb (w. pre-delay sync to MIDI-clock)
Retro Phaser (6-stage stereo phaser with 24 filter-polesMultiple
Iindependent distortion/saturation/Lo-fi FX per voice, including multiple distortion/shaper characteristics and variable gain.
Chorus/Flanger with rate sync to midi tempo
Simple or "Groove" Delay (preset polyrhythmic patterns)
32-band advanced vocoderRing Modulator
Analog Boost for vintage tonal characteristics
-Complex modulation matrix
-Complete parameter control via MIDI with "Adaptive Control Smoothing" for ultra soft parameter changes and no zipper noise
-Uses the same sound algorithms as the Virus hardware synth
-Includes thousands of sounds (from Moogish basses to lush pads to leads to analog drums and more)
-Input Mode allows the Virus Plug-In to act as an effects device (filter or vocode your entire mix)
-Loads patches directly from the original Access Virus hardware (no need to reprogram all your existing sounds). You also can save patches in the same format

Licensing scheme

Base package
Along with the Virus PowerCore Access also presents a new software-licensing scheme: you don’t pay for what you don’t need. The Base Package offers a licence which enables up to four plug-in instances utilising one DSP
(116 Voices/4 Multimode channels = 4 individual sounds).
Multiple DSP licence package
A Multi DSP License can be obtained on top of the Base Package which allows the Virus to be instanced on all PowerCore DSPs simultaneously. Multiple DSP Licence: you can use as many Virus instances as your hardware supports.
With 1 PowerCore PCI card, you'll get 16 plug-in Instances and 64 Voices (on 4 DSPs), on 2 PowerCore PCI cards 32 plug-in Instances with 128 Voices and on 4 PowerCore PCI cards an 64 Instances/256 Voice monster synth.

The base package will be released in March 2004
Euro 399
The Multiple DSP licence package will be available in Q2/2004
Euro ____ TBA

Access Music Electronics GmbH, Am Stadion 10, 45659 Recklinghausen, GERMANY
Tel: ++49.2361.902956, Fax: ++49.2361.902959,

Italy - SoundWave, Zero Branco (TV) - ++39-0422-485-647 Email

Argentina - Underground , Sarmiento Cap.Fed. - ++54 11 4373 0140 Email
Australia - Music Technology, Sydney , NSW - ++61-2 9369 4990 Email
Austria - KS music , Spielberg - ++43-3512-44344 Email
Benelux - TSi Benelux, Schiedam, NL - ++31 10 2470039 Email
UK -Turnkey, London - ++44-20-73795148 Email
India - S.U.N. Media Ventures , Kandivli (East), Mumbai - ++91 (22) 884 3772 Email
Indonesia - Soul Music Centre, Jakarta - ++62-21-6617 058 Email
Republic of Armenia - Armenian Electronic & Sound Distribution, Yerevan - ++37 41 446 015 Email
Russia - Binar ProSound & Light, Moscow - ++7 095 201 2249 Email
Switzerland- Sinec, Schoenenwerd - ++41-62-849-3747 Email

advanced technologic sound magazine
2004 february issue 122

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