VST-AU Virus Editor

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The perfect synth editor for the Access Virus A - C! Comes in 32 and 64 bit VST or Audio Unit, and Standalone versions for Mac and Windows.

The VST-AU Virus Editor™ is a real-time MIDI synth editor that allows you full control of every parameter of the sound on the Access Virus™ A, B and C synthesizers. It is also an advanced librarian tool that allows you to view, edit, arrange and manage all the parameter, patch and bank data on modern computing platforms and applications, in smart and efficient ways. Now you can utilize your Virus to its full potential in new and interesting ways, and build lasting and meaningful patches that will bring new life to your music.

You can manage, view and edit all your patches on the computer itself without the hassle of manual dumps. All parameters are fully automatable using your favorite VST or AU capable DAW host, giving you the ability to visually program the Virus to your music in the host sequencer. This ability to model your synth patches in real-time, inside your main music production environment is part of what makes the VST-AU Virus Editor™ unique when compared to other hardware synth editors. You may also use the standalone application if you do not need to work inside the host or if your DAW host is not supported. Please check the 'DAW Support' tab for details.


 This editor will work on the Access Virus A, B, kB, C, kC, Indigo I & II, Rack, Rack XL and Classic model synthesizers.

 This editor will work on Mac OSX 10.6 through 10.9 and Windows XP through 8.

 See the 'DAW Support' tab for supported VST-AU DAW hosts.


Advanced Patch Librarian

The VST-AU Virus Editor™ includes a new advanced Patch Manager view that allows you to manage your patches and bank easily in one view. See below for some of the features. Check the product screen shots to see what this view looks like.

Here's just some of the amazing and useful features the Patch Manager offers:

  • Rename patches with with ease.
  • Drag and drop patches or blocks from one slot to another in copy, swap or move mode.
  • Highlights other patches in the bank which are 'Duplicates by Name', and 'Exact Duplicates'.
  • Easily remove all 'Exact Duplicate' patches with one click to clear space for other patches.
  • Undo feature allows for non-destructive editing and reversing mistakes.
  • Easily copy or swap patches, blocks, or bank A and B.
  • Randomize a patch or entire banks with one click.
  • Clear patches or entire banks with one click.
  • Add/Remove a prefix name to patches or entire banks to easily identify your patches.
  • Export just the Patch names as a .txt file.
  • Import your existing patch and bank libraries via System Exclusive data dump direct from the synth, or load them in from .syx files.
  • Save as standard .fxp/.fxb files or native .syx file format.


MIDI Input and Output Monitoring

The Midi Monitor view allows you to view all MIDI data coming in to and out of the VST-AU Virus Editor™ . Easily switch between Input and Output views of both Host and Editor/Synth MIDI input and output data. You can even copy the data from the event logs for pasting and saving into standard text editors or other applications. Click the 'View Product Screens' link above to see what this view looks like.


MIDI Setup

The VST-AU Virus Editor™ is based on an entirely new framework that allows you to select the MIDI input and output ports directly from within the editor itself. This allows you to send and receive MIDI system exclusive data, a feature not found in most VST-AU hosts or our previous product offerings. You are no longer limited by host system exclusive in-capabilities.

MIDI Setup allows you to filter specific MIDI messages from all MIDI data paths from the DAW host, Editor and Synth. Absolute control of the data paths allow for complex MIDI setups that can be saved and loaded for specific applications. By using specific MIDI Setups for different instances of the plug-in, you can now use multiple instances of the plug-in for multiple machine control. Click the 'View Product Screens' link above to see what this view looks like.


The Access Virus™ synthesizer...

Access Music is a German company offering a fine line of professional virtual analog synthesizers including the Virus, Indigo, and now Polar TI. Each letter series boasts more features than it's predecessor, yet retain backwards compatibility with them as well. With over 175 adjustable parameters, a huge modulation routing matrix, and on-board effects, the Virus is loaded with just about every feature you could ask for in a modern day synthesizer. It even includes a healthy array of quality sound effects processors. This is the first "virtual-analog" synth reKon audio has made a VST-AU Editor for. We believe the Virus has a sound quality and a following that is sure to last for years to come and we are proud to offer our editor and presets for this fine synth.



The reKon audio VST-AU Virus Editor™ is not affiliated or associated with Access Music, or the Virus product itself. Access and the Virus names and logos are the property of Access Music. Apple Computer and the Audio Unit name and logos are the property of Apple Computer. VST plugin technology by Steinberg Media, Gmbh.

Current Version
Version Number 2.0.1
Audio Unit Instrument In 32 bit and 64 bit versions
VST Instrument In 32 bit and 64 bit versions
Standalone App In 32 bit version only
Mac OSX 10.6 through 10.9
Windows XP through 8

Check the chart below for details on which DAW hosts are supported before you purchase the software! Other DAW hosts may be compatible with the software, but have not been tested. This editor can also be run as a Standalone Application in the event your host is not supported.

Host Windows Mac
Apple Logic Pro 8 - X (AU Only) N/A Y
Ableton Live 7 - 9 Y Y
Steinberg Cubase SX 2 - Cubase 7 Y Y
Cakewalk Sonar 6 to XL2 Y N/A
Presonus Studio One 1.5 - 2.0 Y Y
MOTU Digital Performer 7 - 8 N/A Y
Cockos Reaper 2 - 4 Y Y
Imageline FL Studio 9 - 11 Y N/A
EnergyXT Y Y
Plogue Bidule Y Y
Mackie Tracktion Y N
Tobybear's MiniHost Y N/A
Hermann Sieb's VST Host Y N/A

This software product occasionally has changes to keep it up to date and bug free. The following is a list of changes since the software's inception. Please use the Contact page to send us Bug Reports.

Version Release Date Update
Version 2.0.1 02-05-2014 Bug Fix Changelog:
  1. Changed default settings for MIDI Setup/Editor MIDI In Poly Pressure and Aftertouch settings to 'On' position so Editor can respond to Virus Poly Pressure messages.
  2. Fixed Phaser/Stages parameter range (was 0-6, now 0-5. removed 'Off' position in GUI as it is not present on synth).
  3. On instantiation of software; now properly loads, displays, and sends the data for the initial patch to the synth.
  4. Fixed 'Send Patch to Synth' and 'Send Bank to Synth' features. It was sending the wrong MIDI channel and Bank byte values. Note- If you have selected anything other than Bank A in the Editor (banks B-H), these functions will set the patch/bank to bank B. Bank A to Bank A. Banks C-H on the Virus are not writeable, so those are not available to write to. Changed the MIDI channel to use the MIDI Omni mode (setting hex value 0x10, which equals 16 decimal = OMNI mode).
  5. Fixed Mod Matrix Assign 4 - 6 parameters. All poly pressure numbers for Mod Assign 4-5 (Source, Dest, and Amount parameters for each) were incorrectly labeled in the original Access Virus OS 5 User Manual MIDI spec. These should be poly pressure messages 103-111 (not 102-110). Software has now been modified to account for this user manual MIDI spec error.
  6. Fixed the Assign 6 Source option list. It is now the same list as the other Mod Assign sources.
  7. Changed the GUI for OSC 2 Detune to use 0 to 127 (instead of -64 to 63).
  8. Changed the GUI for OSC 3 Detune to use 0 to -127 (instead of -64 to 63).
Version 2.0.0 01-21-2014 First VST-AU release.

Before you begin

Using a VST-AU Synth Editor plug-in involves a bit more setup than traditional plug-ins in that it requires certain MIDI settings and hardware connections be made prior to use. It's not exactly a complicated process, but it also isn't exactly simple either. Using the software requires some basic understanding of your hardware synthesizer, MIDI, and the basic concepts of computer-based Music Production in a DAW environment, and of course, plug-in instruments. Here's what you will need to know beforehand in order to setup and use the software properly.

  • Be sure to read the product User Manual and DAW Setup Guide. These two documents will cover practically every detail about the product, how to install it, activate it, and set it up with your synth and preferred DAW host. That should be the first place you look for answers if you get stuck or have issues.
  • It is also advisable that you are familiar with your synthesizers user manual, its capabilities, and MIDI settings before you begin to use the software.
  • The DAW Setup Guide provides specific instructions for configuring your preferred DAW host for use with the editor. Most major DAW's are covered there.


Quick Start Guide

If you are anxious to get the software up and running so you may begin playing around quickly, without reading the User Manual and DAW Setup Guide... Well, you will likely find yourself running into problems or missing some setting(s) that prevent you from properly communicating, using, or hearing your modifications or edits. However, by following these steps below, you should be able to get up and running pretty quickly. If you do run into issues, then it's time to read the User Manual and DAW Setup Guide to get a firm grasp on how things work first. Always read these documents first, before contacting us for technical support!

  1. 1. Download and Install the product.
  2. 2. Make the audio and MIDI connections from your Synth to the PC. See the DAW Setup Guide's 'Physical Connections' section for more information.
  3. 3. Run the Standalone version first to Activate the product and set up the MIDI connections. Do NOT do this in a DAW host!
  4. 4. Activate the product using your rekonaudio.com account username and password. See the Product Activation Information page for more details.
  5. 5. Once Activated, the product will display the main Editor and 'MIDI Setup' views. Follow the message instructions and setup the MIDI ports and channels for the 'Editor MIDI In' and 'Editor MIDI Out' that are connected to your hardware synthesizer.
  6. 6. You should leave the MIDI Setup filter checkboxes at their factory default positions for best results. However, You may change these settings if neccessary for your particular use.
  7. 7. Open the 'Settings/Device Settings' and select the audio card, driver, and channel settings for your audio card. Pick the audio channels that are connected to your Synth. ASIO driver based sound cards work best.
  8. 8. Select a remote MIDI keyboard Controller input to play Note On/Off MIDI data to the Editor. Do not use the Synth as the remote keyboard input! Use a separate MIDI controller keyboard for this!
  9. 9. Close the 'Settings/Device Settings' dialog.
  10. 10. Select a patch in the Editor and play some notes. Move to other patches. You should hear your Synth and the changes as you play and modify parameters.
  11. 11. You can close the Standalone version now, and try running the VST or Audio Unit versions in your preferred DAW host. Your MIDI Setup Settings will be remembered from the last time you made changes (regardless of VST-AU or Standalone).
  12. 12. Open your preferred DAW host, then immediately open the DAW's MIDI Preferences (before instantiating the plug-in). Disable the 'MIDI In' and 'MIDI Out' ports for the MIDI ports you will be using to connect between the Editor and the Synth. This part is very important as failure to do so will not allow communication between the Editor and the Synth!
  13. 13. Check the DAW Setup Guide for details on setting the plug-in up in your particular DAW host. Most VST-AU based DAW hosts are covered.

In order to use the software properly you will need the following:

  • The actual model of hardware synthesizer the product is designed for.
  • A PC computer running Mac (OSX 10.6 - 10.9), and Windows (XP ,7 & 8).
  • An Audio Card to connect the synth to the PC audio inputs.
  • Audio cables to connect your synthesizer to the Audio Card.
  • A USB (or other) MIDI device with MIDI In and MIDI Out connectors.
  • 2 MIDI cables to connect between synth and MIDI device.
  • A reKon audio Activation Code.
  • A DAW Plug-In Host (Cubase, Live, Logic Pro, etc.) or use the Standalone version.
  • A firm understanding of MIDI, your synthesizer, its user manual, and its capabilities.
  • Some patience in getting things setup and working. Take your time. Double check your settings.