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!

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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