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Xfer Serum vs the Virus TI: Supersaw Preset and Comparison [Free Preset Download!]

December 18, 2019

Hi guys, my name is Jeremy Lim and today we’re
doing a quick comparison between Serum, the latest software synth from Xfer Records, and
the venerable hardware synth, the Virus TI. Both Serum and the Virus are capable of a
magnitude of sounds, far beyond the reach of any one video, so to simplify, let’s make
the comparison with one of the Virus’ iconic sounds: the hypersaw lead. To demonstrate, I’ve customized one of Serum’s
factory presets – mostly filter envelopes and level tweaks – to closer emulate the Virus.
We’ll alternate between the two synths every bar so you can hear them in context of e ach
other, first the Virus, then Serum. Let’s begin with closed-filter stabs. Next, an opening filter sweep through the
progression. And finally, filters wide open. There are some differences for sure, but I
attribute that to my programming more than any limitations of the instrument. Considering
that Serum is a software synth, portable wherever your computer goes, and costs a fraction of
the price of a Virus, it does amazingly well at hypersaws – and so much more. I’ve really
been enjoying it these past two days, and if you’re looking for a wavetable synthesizer
with a lot of sound sculpting potential, I think you will too. And that’s everything for today. Thanks so
much for watching, if you enjoyed this video, please hit like below and let me know what
you think in the comments, and for more from me, you can subscribe here on YouTube or visit
me at Thanks so much again and I’ll see you all soon.


  • Reply TheOfficialLilWiebe September 24, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Bit off topic, what microphone/recording setup are you using?

  • Reply legit89 September 25, 2014 at 3:01 am

    damn!! serum is pretty close… thanks for the video

  • Reply CyberDrop September 25, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Yo! maybe a little too much bass on yo voice/? Actually, I think I hear a vocoder ? Is that right lmao ? and nice sound, I really like the patches 😀 

  • Reply Dry Dessert September 25, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    did you import sampled waveforms from the Virus into Serum or did you use Serum`s stock of saw waves?

  • Reply Stephen dela Cruz September 26, 2014 at 2:31 am

    Nice demo bro! Holy shit! it's nearly like Access Virus Ti! Nuts! #XferSerum

  • Reply joeyxl3456 September 29, 2014 at 9:25 am

    i bought serum. support awesome devs peeps.

  • Reply manuelti October 4, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    HOLY…. that bass in your voice. I think my neighbours fell out of their bed 😀

  • Reply Monica Hamburg October 4, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Your voice is awesome.

  • Reply Josh Flori October 5, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Do you do voiceover work?

  • Reply Adrenaline .2 October 9, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I agree your voice sounded great.

  • Reply Christopher Cruz October 10, 2014 at 8:04 am

    holy shit, i couldnt tell a difference at all

  • Reply ClassicCult October 18, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Now imagine sampling the VIRUS saws and sharing the wavetable bank for serum 🙂

  • Reply BIG PASTA October 21, 2014 at 6:17 am

    thanks! very nice video

  • Reply Matthew Zvirbulis October 21, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Virus has just that little more beef, just.

  • Reply Adrien Sauvaget October 27, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Yeah Serum is obviously good, but the Virus has more 3D and "depth" to it. And that's also coming from the reverb fx which is just amazing in the Virus synth (whatever the model).
    Very high Freqs are also sounding a bit "superior" in the Virus overall sound. But anyway serum is an awsome newcomer, no doubt on that 🙂

  • Reply Med Elhammouti October 31, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    im impressed by the quality of your sound can i know how did u make it sound like that ??

  • Reply SlyX November 9, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    problem folder serum preset how to install preset ? thank's you so much

  • Reply Hexa Promos November 13, 2014 at 12:27 am

    It sounds, really really nice. 😀 Awesome work!

  • Reply andivax November 16, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Virus has more snappy attack. Also there is a big difference in the mix.

  • Reply Andrew M November 20, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Saws, strong leads and bass are perfect for serum. But I wouldn't consider it my favorite soft synth. I still believe sylenth, in some ways, has better sound, especially with its sine and triangle wave.

  • Reply Taller de Sonido December 3, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Nice, very close but Virus has more body and the attack sound firm, while Serum are more slim like EQ'ed thank you

  • Reply Mandy Lane December 26, 2014 at 6:41 am

    serum takes up way to much cpu u cant have 10 serum instances running without a 64x daw it sucks

  • Reply Mista T January 23, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Can you narrate my life?

    Lovely vid! 🙂

  • Reply coldfeel February 5, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Limsanity lol

  • Reply Herr Fröhlich February 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Haha, i just thought everything was the virus because i thought you would go through everything once and then serum and i had my eyes closed listening, so good job on getting them similar!

  • Reply Joe Makin March 1, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Synapse audios dune 2 vsti is just as good imo 

  • Reply skyldn March 17, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    It's seems manly the filters tamer different.

  • Reply Fated May 20, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Too sick. Thank you!

  • Reply Louis Carrozzi May 22, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Yeah, Serum takes up a lot of processing power, but you can always freeze track and drop it to audio in Ableton.  The sound quality, in my opinion, far outweighs the cons of CPU use unless you have an older computer.  In which case I say it may be time to consider an upgrade.  Peace!

  • Reply Sound Design Tutorials June 20, 2015 at 10:52 am

    how do you export the patches from the virus to a pc

  • Reply Stone Lands July 1, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Virus sounds like it would cut through a mix better.

  • Reply Gala xy July 23, 2015 at 11:11 am

    i dont know how to explain it but for me virus is more "reel", more in ur face but in a good way

  • Reply Austin Jackson August 12, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    wtf I didnt hear a single difference haha

  • Reply SD Cleveland September 10, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    It would have helped if you had said when you are switching between the two.

  • Reply Manu_music666 December 9, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Help! I can't download presets on Mediafire because they ask me to upgrade to Pro to download your files and it's not free…

  • Reply Charles Willeford May 1, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    to my ear I only preferred the virus for the stabs, though reading through that may just be the attack settings on the serum, thanks for the vid & preset.

  • Reply Willdorak July 7, 2016 at 7:52 am

    I don't hear much difference. I think Serum does a great job against the Virus TI.

  • Reply Ricardo stap August 24, 2016 at 4:15 am

    ah. download is down 🙁

  • Reply redirishmanxlt October 22, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    The virus doesn't send your CPU spiking like Serum does.

  • Reply Luftbubblan November 19, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Sound pretty damn good 😀
    And without all the problems that comes with a virus i think this is a no-brainer 😀

  • Reply Dr. Conflict November 22, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Don't forget that the Virus is basically a glorified VSTi in a nice box… Imo Serum is better in terms of sound and usability and I've had the Virus C and the TI2.

  • Reply D L January 6, 2017 at 12:17 am

    they sound very similar, id say the filter on the Virus is allot better

  • Reply Maiya esenbayeva January 17, 2017 at 10:05 am

    BIG difference at low frequencies!!!!!!

  • Reply Maiya esenbayeva January 17, 2017 at 10:08 am

    medium-low frequency also difference in favor Virus!!

  • Reply Recoder July 3, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Virus sounds still better imo, but for the price you cant beat serum. Still would pick the virus ti over serum though, the virus can do things better then serum and vice versa, they are both great and i do have them both =D !

  • Reply David Glicenstein August 7, 2017 at 10:54 am

    VST(I) Native has no POWER – sound's flat (no harmonics), filter's ugly, FX's ugly. Stop, enough nonsense

  • Reply Gweeyom September 4, 2017 at 12:22 am

    what differences

  • Reply Rian Diasporah December 9, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I'm might say the serum has just a tad bit of digital harshness which could be fixed with a little bit of analog processing. you did a great job getting them close! subbed.

  • Reply Rian Diasporah December 9, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I'm might say the serum has just a tad bit of digital harshness which could be fixed with a little bit of analog processing. you did a great job getting them close! subbed.

  • Reply Rian Diasporah December 9, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I'm might say the serum has just a tad bit of digital harshness which could be fixed with a little bit of analog processing. you did a great job getting them close! subbed.

  • Reply Christian Queiroz December 27, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Serum has more than what the virus ti has. Virus to doesn’t have a flanger so for Serum since it’s a wavetable synthesis and you can stack the unison to 16 you can separate the stacks to 48 and create synthetic bells same with the wavetables. The problem with the stacks when you separate the unison it gives off surround to your left and right ear as it sounds like the unisons are panning on it’s own.

  • Reply Christian Queiroz December 27, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    The possibilities for serum is endless no matter how many patches you add. It still sounds different. Also when making bells when you use hyper fx make sure you lower the volume of the wavetable to 10 or 5 and use the compressor, crank the knob to 3 ol clock and the rest to 5 ol clock. It increases the volume and the thing with wavetables is it distorts the level on hyper fx so when you use a compressor and lower the level you can use the hyper fx to create a chorus blend in fx and with this you can create lush pads bells and synthetic keys. Don’t forget to add additional fx like filter eq and delay etc you know what I mean.

  • Reply Dawnchaser March 24, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Chief question on my mind is, how long did it take to design each patch – how many steps did it take to get Serum to sound comparable to the Virus?

    I know for many it's subjective and doesn't matter to some, but minimizing workflow and ease of use to get excellent sounds quickly is partly what motivated my interest in getting a Virus (and eliminating 1/2 the vstis I use)

    In the past it would take me weeks or months to get approximately the sound I wanted (which was, lol, either a JP8000 or Virus style supersaw, much of the time), using JP6K, or Sylenth, or Massive, or Serum, or what have you – and all the patches I made required a LOT of extra processing in my DAW – analog style saturation boosts, compressors, EQ boosts, and so on, just to get the sound I wanted

    Fast forward to December 2016, when I bought my Virus, I could sit down and design exactly the sound I wanted, in 5-10 minutes. Even dry, the sounds I made far surpassed anything I did on VSTs.

    In many cases I have to go nuts with subtractive EQing, to rein in sounds that are too bass or treble heavy (especially from the JP8080), because the hardware's oscillators and filters are much brighter and fatter than any VST.

    Having to record each part and dump it into the song as an audio clip is kind of a hassle, but the end results are 100% worthit

    You can certainly get close sonically with a VST – but hands on control and increased speed of workflow in sound design is what really makes hardware the better choice – at least for tactile learners and DIYers

  • Reply Kode Lyoko March 5, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    If you’re broke settle and get serum what’s the big deal ?

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