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M-Audio Venom

Virtual Analog Synthesizer

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M-Audio Venom
M-Audio Venom
220.00 street price

M-Audio Venom sound is based on samples of analog synthesizers. The palette includes not only the famous models of such brands as Moog, Roland, Arp, Oberheim, but also rare, forgotten synth representatives, the distinctive features of which were borrowed by Taiho Yamada's - M-Audio debut developer - and presented 53 drum sounds and 41 waveforms, produced by each of the three oscillators. Venom offers access to 512 mono patches, as well as to 256 multi patches, offering both 8-bit drums and multi-layered textures. M

Audio offers 12 virtual analog voices with the widest possible variety of digital processing.

You can simulate the sound with 3 low-frequency oscillators, amplitude modulator, arpeggiator, such effects as echo, delay, chorus and distortion, deforming the signal, making the samples of old analog synthesizers sound even grainier and more poisonous. The fragments, especially drums, bass and multi patches, initially have a peculiar, industrial sound. It should be noted that the filter (12 and 24 dB, low, high and bandpass) also has a stage of tube saturation, which represents another opportunity to work on signal distortion.

Venom has 3 envelope generators and 16 modulation routes. Multitimbrality is limited to 4 parts, for each of which you can apply one effect. The bit decimation and reduction functions are available.

The Venom has a built-in audio interface and can act as an effect processor for an external sound source. The synthesizer is smoothly compatible with ProTools and Ableton Live, and perfectly manages iPad and iPhone applications. The manufacturer's desire to economize making his first synthesizer led to the fact that only the main encoders were laid out on the front panel, and the full list of functions is available only through the Vyzex Venom Editor. On the one hand, it gives complete control over the synthesizer, and on the other hand, limits the possibilities of its use during complex live performances. The quality of the keyboard survives no brutal criticism - this is the level of a cheap MIDI controller with an artificial "spring" press without aftertouch. Only the most basic information is displayed on the screen.

It's a pity that this interesting instrument is discontinued and doesn’t have a successor in M-Audio products line, and the genius Taiho Yamada left hardware opting for software development. There are 4 issues which could be solved (more controllers, better keyboard, more detailed display, fix the software bugs). That would make Venom highly competitive on the market.

Country of origin / production: China

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Usage area
Synthesizer 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Archetype
Virtual Analog (VA) 
Polyphony
Voices12
Multi Timbral Capacity4 part(s)
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Technology of Sound Generation PCM
Oscillators per voice3
Sub-Oscillators per voice3
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator): Waveform Count41
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Single Voice Preset512
User-defined Single Voice256
Multitimbral Preset256
Drum Kits Preset53
Filter
Digital (DCF) 
High-pass Filter (HPF) 
Low-pass Filter (LPF) 
Band-pass Filter (BPF) 
2-pole 
4-pole 
12dB 
24dB 
Envelope Generator (EG)
AHDSR 
Effects
Reverb 
Chorus 
Flanger 
Delay 
Phaser 
Distortion 
Decimator 
Insert Effects4
Master Effects2
Equalizer
Parametric 
MIDI
General MIDI (GM) 
MIDI in/ out
IN 
OUT 
Keys
Type Synth Action
Velocity Sensitivity 
Size4
Number of Keys49
Display
Color resolution Monochrome
External controllers
Sustain foot pedal 
Expression foot pedal 
Foot Controller1
Audio out
Stereo 
All voices mixed in one output 
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)2
Analogue: 1/8" (3.5mm) headphones preamplified1
Audio in
RCA2
Computer Interfaces
USB USB PC Link
USB MIDI through USB
Power
Voltage 9V
Power Supply External
Case/ body
Plastic 
Color
White 
Black 
Production start2011
Production end2014
Production ended

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