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49-key Analog-modeling Synthesizer with 12-voice Polyphony, 3 Oscillators Per Voice, Syncable Phrase Sequencing, Multi-effects, Software Editor, and USB Audio/MIDI Interface
Item ID: Venom

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Beast of a Synth!

M-Audio makes a powerful pro synthesizer with Venom. Combining the best of classic analog vibe and cutting-edge modern processing technology, this 49-key synth sports a brand-new synth engine with 12-voice polyphony, three oscillators per voice, and an array of filters and effects. There are 512 single-sound patches and 256 layered patches for instant inspiration. There are also a host of hands-on controls to steer the Venom in real time. If you're after a synth that can unleash your creativity, while offering an onslaught of fresh sounds, look no further than the M-Audio Venom!

M-Audio Venom Features at a Glance:
  • 49 full-size keys with velocity
  • 12-voice polyphony
  • Features 512 single patches and 256 multi-sound patches
  • 41 oscillator waves and 53 drum sounds sampled from vintage analog and digital FM synths and drum machines
  • Three oscillators per voice
  • FM, sync, and dynamic wave-shaping
  • Three LFOs and three AHDSR envelopes
  • Four-part multitimbral
  • Four independent MIDI-syncable phrase sequencers
  • Two global bus effects and one inset effect per part
  • Classic arpeggiator
  • Tap tempo and top-panel BPM control
  • Built-in USB 2.0 2-in, 2-out 24-bit audio interface
  • Microphone, instrument, and stereo line level inputs
  • MIDI in and out via 5-pin DIN connections
  • Large custom LCD display
  • Four rotary encoders for editing and performance control
  • Assignable pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • Vyzex Venom software editor for Mac and Windows included
Add fresh, edgy new sounds to your synth rig with the Venom synthesizer from M-Audio!

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Hands On Review: M-Audio Venom

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number 9900-52873-00

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews

Sweetwater Advice

Marshall Oliver

The M Audio Venom is a keyboard in the dirtiest sense of the word. For the number of features in the product I would it cost in the thousands but to my surprise it was marked below 500 dollars. The sounds that this synth can make blew me away. Anything ranging from aggressive leads to thumping bass sounds can be found in this board. It was a blast simply running through the sounds and coming up with parts on the fly. Some of the features I found most useful were the arpeggiator and the built-in audio interface. Since I am not a player of the keys it best served me to try out the arpeggiator. It had all the features that you would expect: up, down, and alternating patterns. The pure simplicity of creating melodies allowed for me to focus on music and not operating a piece of machinery. To sum up my experience I would say that Venom did everything I expected a synth to do in this price range and more. The added value as a MIDI keyboard controller and as an audio interface will surely attract users looking for an all in one solution. I would recommend Venom simply on the sounds alone, but the added functionality makes this one a no brainer.
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With the announcement of Venom, a hardware analog-modeling keyboard, M-Audio surprised everyone at the recent Winter NAMM Show. The company has offered software synths in the past, but this is their first hardware synth. Did they get it right? You bet! Venom is a well-designed instrument. The front panel is laid out in a way that makes perfect sense. The back panel is loaded with the audio, MIDI, and other connections you need. There's a USB port for connecting to a computer to use the Venom Vyzex editor/librarian software. You can also use Venom as a stereo audio interface. There are 49 keys and pitch and mod wheels, plus multiple control knobs, including four knobs that can control synth functions for outstanding expressive capability. Venom packs 12 voices, each with three oscillators (41 waveforms, 53 drums), a resonant multimode filter with tube-style saturation, three LFOs, three ADHSR envelopes, 16 modulation routes, pulse-width modulation, FM, sync, and ring mod. There are four multitimbral parts, two global effects, one insert effect per part, and a powerful arpeggiator with tap tempo. Sounds include 512 factory patches plus 256 factory multipatches. Rounding things out is the Patch Collider, which can mash up different presets to create new patches. So M-Audio loaded Venom up with tons of features and sounds. But how does it sound? In a word, rockin'. It's all here, from lush pads to heavy synth bass to electronic drums to leads to industrial screaming - Venom can definitely get nasty! The arpeggiator is put to good use, especially in the multis, where it is often employed for rhythmic parts. With Venom, M-Audio has delivered a smoking synth, and they've done it for less than $500 - and that includes a 2-in/2-out USB audio interface. It's fun to play, with tons of hands-on real-time control, and the sounds are awesome. Definitely check it out!
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See also: M-Audio, M-Audio Synths / Modules