Sonic Faction Releases Pathogen Wavetable For Live

Sonic_Faction_PathogenSonic Faction today announced Pathogen, a free wavetable instrument for Ableton Live.

Based on the classic oscillator of the The Sickness (which itself was originally sampled from the Virus TI), Pathogen has, according to Sonic Faction, “the DNA of a truly infectious synth.”

The instrument has three multi-sampled oscillators: Sawtooth, Pulse and Spectral Wave. The wavetable features 64 timbres ranging from “haunting” glass, bells, and mallets, to synthetic textures, “blurps” and bleeps.

Pricing and Availability. Users can download the free instrument at or directly from Sonic Faction’s website. Listen to a demo of Sonic Faction’s Pathogen on Soundcloud.

The Access Virus TI Snow Black Synthesizer

This teaser image has leaked out for the Virus TI Snow Black Edition – a 15th anniversary special edition of the Access Virus TI Snow.

No official announcement has been made yet, but Access has teased an introduction for ‘Black Friday’. For now – here’s what we know about the rumored new synth…..

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What’s Access Introducing?

Access has an announcement coming this Friday.

They’ve posted a note on their Facebook page that “This Friday, we got something “special” lurking around the corner…”

This came in via reader Sven van der Heiden, who wonders, “Is it just another color change or is it something different? The buttons on the picture looks like they have new names.”

Speculation, so far, about the Access introduction includes a ‘Virus Snow Whiteout’, a ‘Darkstar Snow’, an analog Virus and even TI Virus drum machine.

Let us know what you think in the comments!

Upgrade Your Virus & Get Cash Back

Access has announced a promotion to encourage Virus owners to try their latest gear.

Upgrade from any Pre-Virus TI and you can save up to $250 in their 15th Anniversary cash back promotion:

  • Access Virus TI Snow 100 Euro / $125*
  • Access Virus TI2 Desktop 150 Euro / $175*
  • Access Virus TI2 Polar 200 Euro / $250*
  • Access Virus TI2 Keyboard 200 Euro / $250*

Owners of the following Virus products qualify for the promotion: Virus A, Virus B/KB, Virus Classic, Virus Rack, Virus Indigo, Virus Indigo Redback, Virus C/KC, Virus Rack XL, Virus Indigo 2, Virus TDM, Indigo TDM, Virus for TC PowerCore.

No trade-in is required, but you need to show proof of ownership. Details are available at the Access site.

Access Virus TI OS 5.0 Brings New Filters, Envelopes

Access has just released their public beta of Virus TI OS v5.0, which features new filters and new envelopes.

According to Access:

OS5 gives you what thousands of Virus users always wanted: additional envelopes and new filters. The new operating system represents a new milestone and enables you to create sounds which were simply impossible with previous operating system versions.

Here’s what’s new:

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Are Analog Synthesizers Overrated?

Are analog synthesizers overrated?

We love our analog gear in the Synthtopia Music Laboratory, ranging from a vintage Sequential Circuits Pro One synth to a Future Retro 777 bassline synthesizer to a large format modular synth. So, we know that a lot of readers may view the question of this post as heresy.

But the analog renaissance of the last decade has resulted in a lot of great digital synths being underrated…..

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