Access Music is a privately held manufacturer of musical instruments from Germany. Founded in 1997 with the mission to hardware editors to _access_ the sound parameters buried in menu driven synthesizers, we soon found out that building our own synthesizer would be much more fun.
The first Virus synth was a 12-voice virtual analog synthesizer, unique in comparison to competitor products in that it wasn't trying to clone any particular vintage product. This ultimately gave us the freedom to evolve the sound engine in creative directions, which we did --big time--with completely free software updates.
In the years since, our synthesizer's voice count has grown to nearly a hundred. Our standalone hardware instrument now has the capabilty for total integration into the modern sequencer environment. The Virus' USB connection provides such unique features as total recall, sample accurate timing, and more.
Access today is a modern company with about 20 full-time employees who were carefully chosen to bring their requisite special skills into the mix. Each of us has a music background, ranging from classical piano to production to DJing. Today, our mission is to build stellar sounding musical instruments packed with innovative and industry-leading features to deliver products by musicians for musicians.
The Virus is sold worldwide through an extensive dealer network. Artists from Depeche Mode to Prodigy, from Sasha to Hans Zimmer, NIN to Neptunes and Linkin Park to Dr. Dre rely on it on their tours and in the studio. Today, the Virus is one of the most sought after products in the industry and our frequent free software updates have become the hallmark of Access Music.