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, th... Read More
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.
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.
Reviewed by 9 customers
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I am happy with my purchase. It is a great synth in a lot of ways. It's actually quite larger than I thought it would be, It's got full size keys as opposed to a lot of other keyboards in the price range. The analogue modeling is good. I would say that since this is the first analogue modeling synth M-Audio produced that I know of, It's excellent. Brands like Roland and Korg have a little more experience at this than M-Audio is at this point. It definitely sounds different than a 100% analogue synth, but then again if it were a fully analogue synth it would not be nearly as versatile as it is. The Presets are fine, and if your looking for presets it has plenty. It also has alot of control over the sound, however this is split between the keyboard and software. After having used it, I would rather it be fully editable as hardware, without needing to use the software. It's multi-timbrality is a good feature. When switching between multi settings it can be slow, however. I do like the fact you can split the keyboard between many synths, as well as the fact you can send midi to 3 of the 4 timbres, and play the fourth. I already have a good USB audio interface, so the audio inputs aren't of much use to me, but if I didn't have that I would have to say that is a nice feature. It's also nice that with the drum kit sounds It only takes up one timbre with a keyboard full of drum hits. I notice that when I use the USB there is a lag between it and the rest of my equipment. When I use a midi cable it's right on time though. It's not that there is any more or less usb connections between my midi clock data than any other synths or drum machines of mine. The editor doesn't run the greatest on my computer, I am only running OS 10.4.9, however. Overall It is a good synth for the price. If I had to choose over again, I would choose this synth. I realize It may sound like I have a lot of criticisms of it, and it certainly doesn't live up the hype, it is a solid synth, and is a fair and honest deal. As far as it's looks, I think it looks nice. Some people think it's ugly, but I do like the look.
I looked at 12 different Synths before picking this one and even tho it takes a little to get use too, I LOVE THIS SYNTH!!! It's everything I need in a fair priced synth that rivals synths in the 700 to 1200 dollar range...It is a great buy and I highly recommend it to other synth players
At first impression when I opened the box it feel quiet sturdy, hard and solid in build. White and clean compared to my 8 year old triton. Plugged in the usb +power, installed the software and it start working immediatley. I played with it for a few hours, the knobs feel quiet loose, the on the left hand side, the controller knobs feel harder. The sounds I feel are quiet unusable. They are quiet dirty, and I found myself trying to tweak them to get sound I wanted. The keys are a bit bouncy...They felt alright. Not like my triton which is semi weighted. Probably like my micron. I'm used to playing on keys like that so it was alright. If I was at Guitar center and some guy asked me "Yo Skillz, help me dude which one should I get, soft synths and axiom pro or a Venom. I'd lean towards the Axiom pro. But what would trump that is just buying a hardware synth. The Micron destroys the Venom in sound aswell. I have created multiple programs with ease plus it has 150 or so slots for your own programs. The venom has a limitation of additional programs you can save. I haven't been told else wise. Which means you have to edit what you have and write over the sounds. Thats gay. Actually....I'll read up on this and tell you guys if we can save additional sounds into board to save them in the PC environment through Vyzex. Personally I felt sylenth has quality sounds and you'd be better off buying a M-audio Axiom pro and downloading a few soft synths. Novation V-station, Sylenth, Sytrus etc etc... I also got the Venom to play sounds on soft synths. Select bank D USB to HPF and that will allow you play sounds in softsynths.
I love this synth so much! This synth is awesome, no grand piano sound, but thats okay, the drums on here are amazing, the only change i would have is if you could loop and latch stuff you play, you can latch arpeggiator but its not the same!
this keyboard is superb especially for the price range. I read a review that says the knobs only change the sound on the next trigger which is not true they can manipulate while holding a note. its not an analog keyboard but definitely does a great job modeling. last thought great connectivity with the computer. this keyboard is a great buy.
Very impressed with how crazy the sounds are from this synth. Started playing and recording as soon as I got it out of the box and haven't stopped since. The presets are also a blast to play with and you can edit them to make them fit your style. I wish it had more realistic instrument sounds but should have known before I bought that this synth is from the future and the future is not the same as the present. Overall I am very happy with this product. Make sure you have a good amp or speakers to increase the fun!
This thing blows away other synths in this class. There are many features ( and easier to access) that I've seen on 1k synths it's more of a portable workstation than just a synth its multitimbral in 4 parts meaning there is no limits on creating/ stacking sounds.With the input you can create a lot of vocoder effects. and the rhythms and patterns "stock" are better than most i've heard and they can be tweaked.The keyboard feels great! I never thought I'de never say that about a m-audio keyboard they were always a little tight. i've been dealing with electronic music production for 30 years and seen more than my share of "flash in the pan synths" that I buy and take back a week later "THIS AIN'T ONE OF THEM". A KEEPER!
This is a really cool little board. A lot of plusses, but one big minus in my book. I was thisclose to buying it, when I realized that the knobs do NOT effect the patch while the tone is playing/triggered. The only thing that appears to alter the patch WHILE the sound is engaged are the mod & pitch wheels, which is OK... you can certainly assign the desired effect to the mod wheel, but... you'll only be able to change that one thing while the note is being played. Any knob tweaks will happen on the next note trigger, but... this quashes altering more than one quality of a sound while playing in a live or real-time situation. That for me is a BIG bummer. I'm unsure if this can be fixed by M-Audio via a firmware update... if so, I'll go out and buy this thing right away. The sounds are varied and inspiring. A wide selection of tones from beefy basses to great, crunchy leads to evolving pads and pulses. It's a light, portable, board that looks and feels good. As is, it's great for programming and integrating into a ProTools home DAW setup. There are a lot of controller boards for that, but what makes the Venom stand out is it's desire to be a performance synth... and it needs a little more versatility to shine there. So... I'll wait for the upgrade. Perhaps a dedicated set of Cutoff/Res/Attack/Decay knobs, and a 2nd row of programmable knobs to lessen the up/down menu? SOLD. Those, plus a ribbon controller and a vocoder? They'd conquer the mini-synth market. Are you reading, M-Audio? A maxed out venom would RULE, even at a couple hundred dollars more. This is a great start, but... I'll wait and am excited to see what Venom 2.0 is like.
The synth has decent normal "synth" sounds; but, as others elsewhere have mentioned, it can get downright nasty when a more aggressive sound is desired. The controls are easy to use and I was productive as soon as I opened the box. I was lucky that I had a coupon for $100 off when I bought this. But even at $499, the synth is a good deal.