An Interview With Synth Designer Axel Hartmann

This video captures an interview, via Nick Batt and sonicstate, with industrial designer Axel Hartmann.

If you’ve played a synthesizer, there’s a good chance you’ve played one designed by Axel Hartmann. Hartmann is responsible for the industrial design of:

  • Waldorf synths, including the MicroWave, Wave, Blofeld and others;
  • the Alesis Andromeda Analog Synthesizer;
  • the Hartmann Neuron;
  • the Access Virus Polar;
  • the Moog Little Phatty and Minimoog Voyager XL;
  • Arturia’s Origin, Spark & MiniBrute;
  • the StudioLogic Sledge;
  • the Schmidt Analog Synthesizer;
  • and many others.

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15th Anniversary Access Virus TI Black Snow

Access has officially announced the Virus TI Black Snow synthesizer.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

We’re celebrating 15 years of ACCESS!!

For that reason we’re releasing
15 black TI Snows on this black friday!
10 are available right now in our online shop – the other 5 will be for sale at 20:00 MET.

Go to if you want
to get a grip on one of those black beauties!

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!

The Sickness – A Deadly Virus Clone for Ableton

Sonic Faction has released a new synth for Ableton Live, based on the Access Virus, The Sickness.

According to sonic Faction, ‘the Sickness is the first virtual instrument to capture the malevolent soul of the Virus. Sonic Faction isolated and sampled every oscillator & wavetable to reconstruct the lethal sounds this synth is known for. We don’t record presets here, we re-animate them.’

Here’s a video demo of The Sickness in action:

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Access Announces Virus TI OS 5

This 2012 NAMM Show video, via Sonic State, features Virus guru Ben Crossland discussing Access Virus TI OS 5.

New in Access Virus TI OS 5 are a couple of new, freely assignable enevelopes and some new continuously variable filter types, with the ability to vary between 2 and 4-pole filters.

OS 5 is expected to be available ‘soon’.

Free Phaser Effect, Phazor, Inspired By Access Virus

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Adam Szabo has released Phazor, a free effect plugin, designed to emulate the phaser effect found in the Virus synthesizers:

A lot of time was devoted to make it sound very close to the original and every control has been carefully adjusted to behave just like the phaser from the Virus. It has selectable 1 to 6 stage all-pass filters controlled by an LFO, with spread and feedback controls.

The plugin is highly optimized and its CPU usage is minimal, allowing for multiple instances to be used in a project.

Phazor is Windows only and is available now as a free download via Szabo’s site.

Access Updates VIrus TI OS, Adds New Effects

Access Virus OS 4.5Access Music has released an update to the Virus TI OS, which can be downloaded free of charge from the Access Music website.

Here’s what’s new in the Virus TI update:

  • Vintage Chorus was modeled after one of the most famous choruses built in the late 70s. A flexible subset of parameters allows seamless “morphing” from one emulation to another without having to change the algorithm and stop the sound. It lets you emulate the famous chorus ensemble sound found in many productions back from 70s and 80s.
  • Air Chorus is based on ‘creating the Chorus effect in the air’, right in between the speakers. In difference to many other chorus effects, According to Access, it works in a more subtle way and opens the stereo panorama up.
  • Rotary speaker emulation – offers the usual controls such as a fast/slow setting in combination with creative controls such as microphone distance as well as a crossover setting which allows you to limit the effect to a certain frequency range.
  • Modulation matrix sources – allow Virus TI users to add further “analog” feeling to over 100 modulation destinations.

Virus TI 4.5.3 is a free update.

via, Gearjunkies