Thursday, January 13, 2011


Update: M-Audio Venom Review & Interview here
Update: already on eBay
"Top Features
the warmth of vintage keyboards combined with modern digital processing > aggressive new sound
512 single-sound patches and 256 layered patches > start playing right out of the box
intuitive real-time performance controls plus software editor > endless sound design possibilities
49-key, full-size, synth-action keyboard > great playability
Pro Tools compatible USB audio/MIDI interface > ready for the stage and studio
The M-Audio Venom 49-key synthesizer 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.

Full 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
o 12 dB/octave (2-pole) low pass
o 12 dB/octave (2-pole) band pass
o 12 dB/octave (2-pole) high pass
o 24 dB/octave (4-pole) low pass
o 24 dB/octave (4-pole) band pass
o 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"



Avid Venom - NAMM 2011

YouTube via soundonsoundvideo | January 15, 2011 |

"12 Voice Virtual Analogue Synthesizer"

Introducing Venom from Avid on Vimeo.

"Feast your ears on the new M-Audio Venom synth—plus hear from veteran synthheads The Crystal Method, Mark Mothersbaugh, and James Dewees."


NAMM 2011 - Crystal Method Pimpin' M-Audio Venom

YouTube via SynthMeTV | January 16, 2011 |

"One of the big reveals at NAMM 2011 has been the new Venom synthesizer from Avis / M-Audio. This is their first ever hardware synthesizer that was teased pretty hard before the show with video they released featuring Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland of Crystal Method drooling over the "Storm Trooper" synth off camera. Check out the panel from NAMM with Scott and Ken talking about the Venom and even playing us some new tracks they used the synth. Scott even gets up and noodles on the patches for us. Good stuff!"

Update: Keyboard Magazine videos:


M Audio Venom synth demo

musicradartv | January 16, 2011


  1. has any of the engineers at M-Audio taken a course in ergonomics? this keyboard looks like congealed piece of baloney in a frying pan.

  2. I actually kinda like the design, the big letdown being the display which is really crappy like nothing else before.

  3. looks like the chombawumba monkeys have been at it again

  4. The dude in video #2 isn't selling me on the fact that because I have "only 2 hands", I don't want a lot of knobs - that makes no sense whatsoever. And don't ever use the word 'edgy' in marketing, ever again; that word has been so overused, it doesn't even mean anything anymore - it's like 1992.
    That said...been looking for something with this capability, at this physical size and price point and am looking forward to trying it out in person. Just stop with the trite LA marketing stuff, folks - it really does send the wrong impression.

  5. Sample based, not "virtual analog"? You'd be surprised how the waveforms are generated in some VA synths. Most of them use single cycle samples and do not "Model" the oscillators.

    Therefore this Venom looks to be a pretty versatile, if bland looking synth. I like the large selection of waveforms.

  6. Eh it would be cooler if it said AVID on it.

  7. For $599 MSRP? you get synth features, albeit it's sampled wave forms, some sound design features, and it has USB so it functions like a MIDI I/O and an audio interface. I think it's the right combination of features for the price. However, the Novation UltraNova is 100 bucks more ($699 MSRP) with it's own VA modeling in addition to digital wave forms, extended filter modes, effects, 18 note polyphony, 20 modulation slots per patch. There's something for everyone in either model based on your budget.

  8. The Korg DW-8000 had sampled waveforms and it was sort of a classic. Don't knock it 'til you try it.


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