Serum or used Virus TI Snow?

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recursive one
KVRAF
3847 posts since 7 Feb, 2013

Post Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:29 pm

Should decide before tomorrow evening :scared:

Pros of Serum

- Software (I'm an ITB guy)
- Still much cheaper
- Techically better sound quality (less aliasing, modern filters), not sure though if how it actually translates to perceived sonic character
- Actively developed, many tutorials and soundsets

Pros of Virus
- sexy looking box
- biohazard logo
- THAT sound

What I need:

A nice soundsource for psytrance, capable of warious weird heavily modulated agressive sounding sh!t but also able to sound warm and sweet.

What I already have: Spire, Dune2, Sylenth, Massive (and some others but these four are the most used and I like their sonic charater the best)
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Numanoid
KVRAF
25895 posts since 20 Jan, 2008 from a star near where you are

Re: Serum or used Virus TI Snow?

Post Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:31 pm

recursive one wrote:Pros of Virus
- sexy looking box
- biohazard logo
Are you planning to pick up a bird with it, or play it? :?

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DJ Warmonger
KVRAF
2942 posts since 7 Jun, 2012 from Warsaw

Re: Serum or used Virus TI Snow?

Post Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:32 pm

Serum definitelly has all the modulation options you need for psytrance and more.

I have trouble with creating "agressive sounds" in all synths in general, so can't help you there :shrug: Trying to learn something from your preset bank ;)
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BDeep
KVRAF
2666 posts since 13 Feb, 2012 from Amsterdam

Re: Serum or used Virus TI Snow?

Post Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:49 pm

If you're an ITB guy, chances are hardware is going to annoy you. I wouldn't want to go back, at least not for sequencing.
And personally, with the TI stuff, if it behaves like a softsynth, you might just as well use a softsynth. Between Dune2 and Spire, I'd say you're covered.

On the other hand. Just buy it, get it out of your system. You don't like it? Sell it later.
And if you buy second hand now, there's a good chance it won't cost you anything.


Oh and yeah, Serum has my highest recommendation. It should be great for what you're after.

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Numanoid
KVRAF
25895 posts since 20 Jan, 2008 from a star near where you are

Re: Serum or used Virus TI Snow?

Post Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:54 pm

But ...
The Total Integration system allows you to plug your Virus TI Snow into your computer via the USB port located on the back. Once it's hooked up to your computer you can access the Virus TI from your DAW where it will appear as a VST/AU plug-in
...and also can function as an external sound card

recursive one
KVRAF
3847 posts since 7 Feb, 2013

Re: Serum or used Virus TI Snow?

Post Thu Jan 21, 2016 1:18 pm

BDeep wrote:If you're an ITB guy, chances are hardware is going to annoy you. I wouldn't want to go back, at least not for sequencing.
And personally, with the TI stuff, if it behaves like a softsynth, you might just as well use a softsynth. Between Dune2 and Spire, I'd say you're covered.

On the other hand. Just buy it, get it out of your system. You don't like it? Sell it later.
And if you buy second hand now, there's a good chance it won't cost you anything.


Oh and yeah, Serum has my highest recommendation. It should be great for what you're after.
It was a solid explanation and I almost felt like I've decided against Virus. But why the hell did I listened to this? :dog:

https://soundcloud.com/cfa-sound/demo-t ... 1-virus-ti
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recursive one
KVRAF
3847 posts since 7 Feb, 2013

Re: Serum or used Virus TI Snow?

Post Thu Jan 21, 2016 1:20 pm

DJ Warmonger wrote:Trying to learn something from your preset bank ;)
Good to know that my sounds are useful for someone :wink:
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KVRist
253 posts since 18 Oct, 2008

Re: Serum or used Virus TI Snow?

Post Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:06 pm

I don't like Serum that much. It sounds like plastic, just very sterile and cold and synthetic.

chk071
KVRAF
18550 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Serum or used Virus TI Snow?

Post Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:06 pm

Go get the Virus already. You know you want it. :evil: :hihi:

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tehlord
KVRAF
7709 posts since 22 Sep, 2008 from Windsor. UK

Re: Serum or used Virus TI Snow?

Post Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:09 pm

If you want a Virus, get a Virus.


Serum is great, but it's not really going to add anything you don't already have.

Despite claims to the contrary, nothing sounds like a Virus.

Elektronisch
KVRAF
2683 posts since 3 Feb, 2010

Re: Serum or used Virus TI Snow?

Post Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:16 pm

Serum

Virus is not that special anymore. Its more a luxary thing now. I bought mine almost 7 years ago back then it was unchangable if you wanted quality but now its slowly collecting dust.
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Dasheesh
KVRAF
3013 posts since 22 Nov, 2012

Re: Serum or used Virus TI Snow?

Post Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:17 pm

So you are comparing serum to a virus... riiiiiight.

recursive one
KVRAF
3847 posts since 7 Feb, 2013

Re: Serum or used Virus TI Snow?

Post Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:19 am

chk071 wrote:Go get the Virus already. You know you want it. :evil: :hihi:
You said it, mate :D
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Gosh
KVRian
823 posts since 2 May, 2005

Re: Serum or used Virus TI Snow?

Post Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:16 am

if i would have to chose between serum and the snow... i would buy hive together with the new hive science soundset from howard scarr and kevin schroeder (which is absolutely brilliant) :clown:

recursive one
KVRAF
3847 posts since 7 Feb, 2013

Re: Serum or used Virus TI Snow?

Post Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:26 am

Gosh wrote:if i would have to chose between serum and the snow... i would buy hive together with the new hive science soundset from howard scarr and kevin schroeder (which is absolutely brilliant) :clown:
Frankly, I don't like the hive's sound at all (that's strange because I love their other synths) and also it has maybe 1/10 of Virus features.

Last night I was messing around Bazille and Lush-101 demos, maybe I'll buy these two if this guy with his underpriced Snow dissapears or changes his mind. As for Serum - well the more I demo it the more I understand that I'll unlikely ever actually love it. Techncially it's very advanced but the sound is completely not my thing.
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