From: Gabe G [mailto:gfg202@...
Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2000 3:45 AM
To: Mike Peake
Subject: Re: [AH] MKS-80, Jupiter8, Virus: Are they apples and oranges?
Mike, I agree with what you are saying, if you are talking about the virus
a... but the virus b is a different story. I do know what real analogue
sounds like, and the virus b does an absolutely amazing job of emulating
that sound, I have even programmed similar patches (2 OSC patch, 1 saw
and 1 pulse w. PWM) in my virus b, and in my ATC-1, and then A/B compared
them. Now obviously it is a subjective matter, but I personally was
stunned at the results I got. I've tested (and even owned at some
point) almost all the other virtual analogues
on the market and none of them have impressed me in this way, I used to
own a virus a, and I would NOT have made the same statements about that
synthesizer, as it just didn't quite have 'that' sound. But the virus b,
with the new "analogue boost" algorithm is just amazing sounding.
Now, as to whether or not the virus can
make a booming 808 or 909 kick, I can't really comment because I
don't use the virus as a drum machine, but even if the
virus can't do it, that doesn't mean that it can't do an amazing job of
sounding like a real analogue synth.