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M-Audio Venom

M-Audio Venom
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item number 259652
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available since February 2011
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M-Audio Venom, Virtual Analog Synthesizer, 49-key, full-size, synth-action keyboard, 12-voice polyphony, 4-part multitimbral operation with independent MIDI-syncable phrase arpeggiators, 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, tap-tempo and manual BPM control from top panel, built-in USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interface (USB 1.1 backward compatible) 24-bit / 44.1 kHz, Inputs: Mic/Instrument/Stereo-Line 1/4" TRS, Outputs: Stereo-Line 1/4" TRS, Headphone-Out, MIDI-In/Out, 4 rotary encoders and 1 button for performance control and editing, assignable pitch bend and modulation wheels, LCD-Display, sustain and expression pedal inputs, included Vyzex Venom software editor, system requirements: Windows XP (SP3), Vista 32/64 Bit (SP2), 7 32/64 Bit, OSX 10.5.8 or higher, Dimensions: 804 x 302 x 87 mm, Weight: 4,6 kg

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Surprisingly good product from M-audio

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Build quality was good and not as flimsy as other M-audio keyboard products. Probably comparable to entry level Korg products like the Kross or Krome. Limited editing capabilities without the software.

Sounds digital

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This synth sounds great for this new reduced price. I would not bought this synth for the original price. Synth needs to have more knobs to satisfy me. Software editor is nice bonus.

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If someone had told me a few years ago that you could get a 12-voice polyphonic 'virtual analogue' for £150, I'd have said "Shut up and take my money!". And that's what I did when Thomann started selling these at a bargain price. I'd heard a lot of demos of this synth and most of them were showcasing the harsh, distorted, bit-crushed aggressive sounds it can produce. And it does them very well! What wasn't shown off in said demonstrations was that it was perfectly capable of doing 'vintage' synth sounds - I was able to program warm-sounding strings, pads, brasses etc. The interface takes a little getting used to if you're not familiar with the matrix layout that many synths use these days, but once you know where the parameters are, you can get around it pretty quickly. True, the oscillators are all sample-based, leading some to decry it as a 'ROMpler', but they sound fine and are good enough building blocks for your own sounds. There are many filter models onboard and I found them to be quite usable - naturally, they aren't as warm sounding as an analogue filter. Another aspect I liked are having 49 full-sized velocity-sensitive keys - I don't care for the trend of putting 37 minikeys on what are otherwise great-sounding synths so the Venom scores here. The key action isn't the greatest, but it's playable enough. Coupled with some decent on-board effects, you have a synth capable at a lot more sound than the price would suggest.

Can't go wrong at this price

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I needed a simple controller for my modular system, and considering the price difference, I bought the Venom, so the synth is more of a bonus to me.

At first I thought "Ohhh, a bit too aggressive for my tastes" but loading up the Vyzex software I was soon producing great lush pads and wonderful vintage leads.

The keys feel ok - typical of an M-Audio controller I suppose, firm but slightly "spongy" and the realtime control matrix is very useful (haven't checked yet to see if they are reassignable, which would be nice)

The glide takes a bit of getting used to, as it's legato only (there's a bit of a strange glitch as the sample changes, but nothing too bad). I had a Gaia for all of two weeks last year, and I have to say that I prefer the Venom… not nearly as much aliasing going on.

It's a shame you can't overwrite program banks A & B, but again no great loss there.

Overall, not bad at all - I can certainly find a place for it in my setup.

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