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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.

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.

Decent synth and MIDI controller for a great price!

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I bought M-Audios Venom because it was so cheap on Thomman.de! I decided I'd replace my controller keyboard with the Venom - so it's primary use for me is as a MIDI controller for instruments within DAWs such as Logic and Pro Tools.

As a MIDI controller - it works great. Just plug in a play! It worked instantly for me, no hassle at all! Every software I have tried it in, it worked without having to fiddle in any menus!

So the great thing about using the Venom as a controller keyboard is that it has a second function - a synthesiser!

The Venom is a pretty decent synth! The sounds are thick, raw and bassy and there are plenty of quick editing options available to the user. Going under the hood and getting more in depth into editing can lead to some pretty creative sounds, but its not always easy getting to what you want to edit - and the LCD screen doesn't help this.
Overall though - It's a decent attempt from M Audio - and although I have a Virus TI and various KORG and Alesis synths - every now and then I will use the Venom for something.

The build quality is as expected for the price - fairly plasticy and it has that "toy" feel to it. I am not somebody who minds this too much though - The keys don't feel great but I will just get on with it and use them to play with.

I'd say the Venom is worth it's price and if you're looking for a MIDI controller keyboard, definitely consider getting the Venom as it's in a similar price range and also functions as a synth!

Quirky little synth...

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Firstly, the best thing about this synth is its an actual interface for your daw..im hooked up to fl studio 11 and my guitars,bass and mic go through this..and have had no problems...i find it to be great to get song hooks and ideas,as im not a keyboard player and just know a few chords,im not sure this would be reliable for live play,as ive had some issues with notes getting "stuck"its not touch responsive,so pads can be tricky..
the keys are a little on the light side,but i like the way it looks..i still think its got very unique sounds,and you will here this popping up on songs for years to come yet....all these issues a side i would buy another one in a heartbeat at its current price...

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