With reviews of the M-Audio Venom and Novation UltraNova in this issue, we thought it’d be edifying to take a look back at what virtual analog synths did a dozen years ago, and what that would’ve cost you. This was pre-Voyager and pre-Evolver, so outside of the modular crowd, real analog synths weren’t back on the radar yet. Looking at these stats fromour October 1999 roundup, one thing is undeniable: We’ve come a long way, baby.
ACCESS VIRUS A
12 voices, 2 oscillators plus sub-osc and noise, 16-part multitimbral, $1,695 list.
16 voices, 3 oscillators, 16-part multitimbral, $3,495 list.
16 voices (expandable to 32 at extra cost), 3 oscillators plus noise, 8-part multitimbral, $2,499 list.
CLAVIA NORD LEAD 2
16 voices, 2 oscillators, 4-part multitimbral, $1,799 list.
12 voices (expandable to 18 at extra cost), 2 oscillators, 6-part multitimbral, physical modeling, $2,600 list.
10 voices, 2 oscillators, 2-part multitimbral, $1,595 list.
10 voices, 2 oscillators plus noise, 2-part multitimbral, $1,495 list.