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New Wave is back. Synth Pop is poised for a comeback. All you need is a hardware synth, a control surface, a software plug-in, an audio interface, a MIDI interface and a โ€” wait, what's that? You're lost? Then you'll be glad to know that, a full year after the original announcement, Access is finally shipping their Virus TI synths. TI = "total integration," as in with your computer. Plug them in via USB, and you've got sweet, sweet synth hardware loving that plays with your iBook as if it were software. Viral, indeed: get ready for a new wave of synth lovers.

Virus TI: The Synth That Thinks It's Software, Finally Shipping [Create Digital Music]