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M-Audio Venom Synthesizer  

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        Virtual analog synth offers exciting sound-shaping possibilities for creating unique sounds.

        The 49-key M-Audio Venom combines the character of classic analog synths with modern digital processing to deliver an aggressive, infectious new sound. Whet your appetite with the included presets, then sink your teeth into creating original sounds—from atmospheric and subtle, to angry and downright nasty. Easily tweak parameters from the intuitive top-panel interface, or explore endless sound design and configuration possibilities with the included software editor. Perform bass lines, leads, and more with a full-size keyboard designed to satisfy serious players. You can even use Venom as an audio interface with Pro Tools M-Powered* and other music software—forming a powerful production machine to take your music in dangerous new directions.

        * Requires Pro Tools M-Powered 8 or higher.

        Instant Inspiration

        Venom comes fueled with 512 Single patches and 256 Multi-sound (layered) patches created by a world-class sound design team—so you can start playing everything from bombastic basses, blistering leads, and 8-bit drums to grainy pads, menacing textures, and glitchy effects right out of the box. You'll also find a classic arpeggiator for added animation. Tweak the sounds using the intuitive top-panel performance controls—or dig in deep using the supplied software editor

        A Killer New Sound

        Thanks to a completely new M-Audio synth engine, Venom merges analog flavor with digital power—providing a unique sonic signature that stands apart from the glossy sheen of other virtual analog synths. You get 41 oscillator waves and 53 drum sounds sampled from the most awesome vintage keyboards of the past four decades—complete with DSP-induced oscillator drift for a retro vibe. Each of the 12 simultaneous virtual analog voices features three oscillators, giving you tons of flexibility for octaves, intervals, and fat, detuned offsets. Venom even offers FM, sync, and dynamic wave shaping on all waveforms for unique hybrid sounds.

        For even more sound-shaping possibilities, the Venom resonant multimode filter features 12dB/octave (2-pole) and 24dB/octave (4-pole) operation, with tube saturation limiting on the input for that classic overdriven sound. Each voice also sports three LFOs with selectable sample-and-hold to create evolving, rhythmic sounds—plus three AHDSR envelopes for total control of your unique sound.

        A Pleasure to Play

        Why settle for a synth with toy-like keys or a clunky user interface? The Venom synth's 49 full-size, velocity-sensitive keys deliver a satisfying and inspiring musical experience for serious players. The four-octave keyboard is perfect for banging out bass lines, synth stabs, and blazing leads—while the intuitive top panel performance controls give you easy access to key synth parameters.

        Go Mad with Multi-Control

        Venom's Multi mode feature lets you trigger drum, bass, and melody parts simultaneously—perfect for performing live. Each part has a phrase sequencer for playing back drum patterns and pulsating synth lines, all BPM-synced via tap tempo. You can even switch melody and rhythm patterns on the fly—ideal for songwriting. With 256 separate patterns available across 256 Multi patches, you'll find plenty of rhythmic inspiration for a wide range of electronic music styles

        Endless Tweaking Possibilities

        The included Vyzex Venom software editor offers a clear visual representation of all Venom settings and parameters, freeing you to explore the synth's limitless sonic territory. Arrange sounds into banks, rename patches, save backups on your computer, and share sounds with other users. Use the innovative patch collider feature to mash up multiple patches and create new hybrid sounds. Venom offers more sound design flexibility than any other synth in its class.

        Sculpt Your Sound with Extreme Effects

        Explore new sonic territory with a large complement of onboard effects. Two global effects buses include Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flanger, and Phaser. But it doesn't stop there. Each of the Venom synth's four multitimbral parts has its own effect insert for Compression, EQ, and Distortion—plus Bit Reduction and Decimation for the ultimate in lo-fi and glitchy electro. You also get Tremolo and AutoPan via an additional modulation path. These powerful effects can even be used to process external audio signals via the integrated USB audio interface.

        Personalize Your Performance Instrument

        The Venom synth lets you spread its 12-voice polyphony across up to four assignable keyboard ranges. Use splits and layers to create custom stacked patches and keymaps with different sounds on separate sections of the 49-note keyboard. Dig in deep with keymaps and customize everything from velocity range to the response of wheels and pedals. You can also assign each sound to its own MIDI channel as you arrange compositions in your DAW.

        A Powerful Production Machine

        Thanks to a built-in USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interface, Venom unleashes the production power of Pro Tools M-Powered* and other popular music software. Microphone, line, and stereo line inputs let you record vocals, guitar, and other instruments directly into your DAW—without the hassle of any additional gear. You can also record MIDI tracks into your software, then play them back in real time using the Venom synth sound engine. You can even conjure up wild new sounds by routing instruments and external audio signals through the synth's filters, envelopes, and LFOs.

        * Requires Pro Tools M-Powered 8 or higher.

        Features

        • 49-key, full-size, synth-action keyboard 12-voice polyphony, each voice including:
        • 3 oscillators with 41 waveforms and 53 drum sounds sampled from vintage analog synths, FM digital synths, and drum machines
        • Pulse-width modulation, sync, FM, and ring modulation
        • Resonant multimode filter with tube saturation limiting
        • - 12 dB/octave (2-pole) low pass
        • - 12 dB/octave (2-pole) band pass
        • - 12 dB/octave (2-pole) high pass
        • - 24 dB/octave (4-pole) low pass
        • - 24 dB/octave (4-pole) band pass
        • - 24 dB/octave (4-pole) high pass
        • 3 LFOs with selectable sample-and-hold
        • 3 AHDSR envelopes
        • 16 modulation routes
        • 4-part multitimbral operation with independent MIDI-syncable phrase sequencers 512 onboard Single patches 256 onboard Multi (layered) patches 2 global bus effects
        • Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser
        • 1 insert effect per multitimbral part (4 total)
        • Compression, EQ, Distortion, Bit Reduction, Decimation
        • classic arpeggiator with up, down, and alternating patterns tap-tempo and manual BPM control from top panel built-in USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interface (USB 1.1 backward compatible):
        • - 2 x 2 24-bit, 44.1 kHz operation
        • - Mic, instrument, and stereo line level inputs route to DAW
        • - Synth sounds route to DAW
        • - DAW audio output mixes into main outputs
        • - Stereo main audio outputs (1/4" TS)
        • - Stereo headphone output (1/4" TRS)
        • - Master volume knob; instrument and mic gain knobs
        • - MIDI In and MIDI Out (5-pin DIN)
        • Large custom LCD 4 rotary encoders and 1 button for performance control and editing dual-function octave up/down and transpose controls assignable pitch bend and modulation wheels sustain (1/4" TS) and expression (1/4" TRS) pedal inputs included Vyzex Venom software editor
        • - Arrange sounds into banks, rename patches, and save backups
        • - Patch collider feature mashes up multiple patches to create new hybrid sounds
        • - 16-cell modulation matrix offers comprehensive routing configurations

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        Venom Synthesizer Specifications:

        • System Requirements:
        • Compatibility: MME, ASIO, Core Audio/Core MIDI, Pro Tools M-Powered 8 and higher
        • Minimum System Requirements (PC):
        • Venom Audio/MIDI USB Driver
        • Windows XP 32-bit (SP3)*, Windows Vista 32/64 (SP2), or Windows 7 32/64
        • 1.8 GHz** multi-core processor
        • * Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not supported.
        • ** CPU may be higher for laptops. Avid suggests you also check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than the above
        • Vyzex Venom Editor/Librarian:
        • Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7
        • P4 equivalent processor
        • 32-bit color graphics
        • 1024x800 or larger display
        • Minimum System Requirements (Mac):
        • Venom Audio/MIDI USB Driver
        • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or 10.6.2
        • 1.8 GHz* multi-core processor
        • * CPU may be higher for laptops. Avid suggests you also check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than the above
        • Vyzex Venom Editor/Librarian:
        • OS X 10.4, 10.5, or 10.6
        • PowerPC G5 or Intel processor
        • 1024x800 or larger display
        • Specifications:
        • Line Outputs*:
        • Max output level: +6dBV
        • SNR and DR: -99dB/99dB
        • THD+N: ±0.2dB
        • Crosstalk: 90dB
        • Line Inputs:
        • Max. input level: 2.1dBV
        • SNR and DR: -96dB/96dB
        • THD+N: -89dB
        • Frequency response: ±0.2dB
        • Crosstalk: -90dB
        • Headphone Outputs (into 32R)*:
        • Max. output power: 33mW @ -88 THD
        • SNR and DR: -98dB/98dB
        • Frequency response: ±0.2dB
        • Crosstalk: -60dB
        • Microphone Input at Min. Gain, No Pad (unless noted differently):
        • Max. input level: -2.2dBu
        • SNR: -96dB, -75dB
        • DR: 96dB, 75dB
        • THD+N: -89dB
        • Frequency response: +/-0.2dB
        • Gain range: 35dB
        • Input impedance: 5.0k ohm
        • Phantom power: N/A
        • Instrument Input at Min. Gain, No Pad (unless noted differently):
        • Max. input level +10 BV, -95 dB
        • DR: 95dB, 83dB
        • THD+N: -88dB
        • Frequency response: ±0.2dB
        • Gain range: 35dB
        • Input impedance: 1M ohm
        • * This device is capable of outputting +12dBV on the line outputs and 66mW on the headphones. At these levels, the output noise performance will increase by 6dB. The rated output specs (+6dBV, 33mW) reflect what is capable with only USB as the source
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        M-AudioVenom Synthesizer
         
        4.2

        (based on 11 reviews)

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        decent noise synth amazing price

        i bought one expecting m-audio to provide something very basic yet dependable and i was blown away by exactly how much this thing actually does. its not just a great VA synth that i...Read complete review

        i bought one expecting m-audio to provide something very basic yet dependable and i was blown away by exactly how much this thing actually does. its not just a great VA synth that i would liken to a supersaw engine roland (jp8000, sh-32 sh-201, gaia) but it also has some rompler features highly adjustable drumkits and chiptune styled presets. but the fact that it also works with protools as a recording interface is what really would make this appealing for its super low price....oh yeah and did i mention its really light? weighs about as much as a rinkydink midi controller

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        there is a lot of hype behind this, but...

        The best thing about this synth is the user interface. It is one of the easiest synths to edit that I have ever used and has enough preset sounds to please the...Read complete review

        The best thing about this synth is the user interface. It is one of the easiest synths to edit that I have ever used and has enough preset sounds to please the "come and go" crowd. But, most of the sounds are pretty thin. Also, the keyboard is one of the worst on any synth I have ever used. The microkorg may have small keys, but at least it has smooth flow. These keys are klunky and seem like they might stick eventually. Though the venom has a lot of hype, it's a little cheap.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        A bit more cheesy than expected.

        By Bongo Fury

        from NJ

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Pre-programmed music
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

        • Limited Sound Selection
        • No Speakers
        • Poor Instructions

        Best Uses

        • Electronic Music

        Comments about M-Audio Venom Synthesizer:

        Some nice pre-programmed stuff. There are two issues that annoy me. 1. The Venom will not lock to a click track laid down by my Korg Electribe SX. 2 minutes into the track, and the Venom starts to slide. That is unacceptable!!!!
        Next: It freezes up and so I have to re-boot! That means turn it off and on. No fun when I have spent 15 -30 mins creating a sound.

        For the money, I should have expected this. I will use it only for an effect now and then, but certainly not something I can depend on.

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Overall

        By DJ Laga

        from Mayaguez, P.R.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Pre-programmed music
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

        • No Speakers
        • Poor Instructions
        • Poor Software Editor

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Electronic Music
        • MIDI

        Comments about M-Audio Venom Synthesizer:

        Very usefull!!!

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great value

        By Rob K

        from United States

        Comments about M-Audio Venom Synthesizer:

        Pros: Great value for the price, I love the sounds, you can do alot with this synth.
        cons: Hard-to-see the text on the deck where the controls are, must be plugged into a comp to use the editor, editor is a bit complicated but it can do alot. I havent been successful editing and loading sequences.

        The analog feel is done very well. I personally like the key action. They sampled waveforms from some great boards from back in the day and they sound great. Lots of parameters to tweak, lots of on-board memory to store all the sounds you would need for a while. It's not perfect, but it sounds good. For what you pay you cant do better. Mostly I have fun trying to get vintage synth sounds from my favorite records, for example, Tom Sawyer and other Rush sounds.
        does have the occasional freeze or glitch.

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        (5 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Never Again

        By Jake Sansing

        from United States

        Comments about M-Audio Venom Synthesizer:

        I ordered the Venom mostly because I could afford it. Don't be like me and everyone else that has sent it back. Just look at how many used ones there are! I wasted a lot of time on this crap. I am the EBM artist ToxiKraft so I know what Im talking about. This thing is terrible. TERRIBLE. It freezes up a lot. The keys are stiff. It's complicated. (and yes I know how to work synths and link controllers). I would advise turning away now. What a piece of crap. It's just a toy. A sampler. Go big or go home. Don't get this (unless youre a lazy beginner - but you'll get no where using this). Save up and get a Virus!

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        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great synth

        By Adam Raschig

        from Wisconsin

        Comments about M-Audio Venom Synthesizer:

        This is my first synth after doing a lot of research and i am happy with the results.
        it is really good for the money and unless you plan on spending much more money this is the best you can do
        this has a lot of features but you will need a laptop to access many of them
        you can still do a lot from synth itself but to fully customize anything you will have to use a computer.
        you can get practically any sound you want out of this but it will take lots of tweaking
        it hasa nicefeel and color to it
        dont want to be too rough with it though, ifyou were to drop it you would put a pretty good crack inthe plastic

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        decent noise synth amazing price

        By acey riot

        from Los Angeles

        Comments about M-Audio Venom Synthesizer:

        i bought one expecting m-audio to provide something very basic yet dependable and i was blown away by exactly how much this thing actually does. its not just a great VA synth that i would liken to a supersaw engine roland (jp8000, sh-32 sh-201, gaia) but it also has some rompler features highly adjustable drumkits and chiptune styled presets. but the fact that it also works with protools as a recording interface is what really would make this appealing for its super low price....oh yeah and did i mention its really light? weighs about as much as a rinkydink midi controller

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        this synth eats all other entry synths.

        By nacho350

        from deep south

        Comments about M-Audio Venom Synthesizer:

        i have had the MicroKorg and alesis micron. those two synths are crap compared to the venom. the venoms rich analog dirty sounds simply blow my mind! every musician needs a venom! best keyboard i have ever bought, besides my rhodes that is ;D

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        (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        there is a lot of hype behind this, but...

        By Brian-mVzHH

        from Portland, OR

        Comments about M-Audio Venom Synthesizer:

        The best thing about this synth is the user interface. It is one of the easiest synths to edit that I have ever used and has enough preset sounds to please the "come and go" crowd. But, most of the sounds are pretty thin. Also, the keyboard is one of the worst on any synth I have ever used. The microkorg may have small keys, but at least it has smooth flow. These keys are klunky and seem like they might stick eventually. Though the venom has a lot of hype, it's a little cheap.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Synthy

        By Sloan1132

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about M-Audio Venom Synthesizer:

        This is a fantastic keyboard.. i really cant say anything bad about it. The sounds are mostly up to your imagination, but what I have come up with really impresses me. This thing can do it all! soft and beautiful, ugly and in-your-face.. Love it. The software is not complicated either, which is what I was initially scared of. Easy and fun!

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great bang for the buck!

        By LastTribunal

        from Staten Island, NY

        Comments about M-Audio Venom Synthesizer:

        This synth is loaded with cut-through-the-mix/cut-throat sounds. It stands up well to the other synths in my studio, analogue and VA, most of which are two to three times the price.

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