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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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.