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M-Audio Venom 12-Voice Virtual Analog Synthesizer

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    Description
    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* and other music software—forming a powerful production machine to take your music in dangerous new directions.

    Instant Inspiration

    Venom comes fueled with 512 Single patches and 256 Multi-sound (layered) patches created by a world-class sound design team—so you can start playing everything from bombastic basses, blistering leads, and 8-bit drums to grainy pads, menacing textures, and glitchy effects right out of the box. You'll also find a classic arpeggiator for added animation. Tweak the sounds using the intuitive top-panel performance controls—or dig in deep using the supplied software editor.

    A Killer New Sound

    Thanks to a completely new M-Audio synth engine, Venom merges analog flavor with digital power—providing a unique sonic signature that stands apart from the glossy sheen of other virtual analog synths. You get 41 oscillator waves and 53 drum sounds sampled from the most awesome vintage keyboards of the past four decades—complete with DSP-induced oscillator drift for a retro vibe. Each of the 12 simultaneous virtual analog voices features three oscillators, giving you tons of flexibility for octaves, intervals, and fat, detuned offsets. Venom even offers FM, sync, and dynamic wave-shaping on all waveforms for unique hybrid sounds.

    For even more sound-shaping possibilities, the Venom resonant multimode filter features 12dB/octave (2-pole) and 24dB/octave (4-pole) operation, with tube saturation limiting on the input for that classic overdriven sound. Each voice also sports three LFOs with selectable sample-and-hold to create evolving, rhythmic sounds—plus three AHDSR envelopes for total control of your unique sound.

    A Pleasure to Play

    Why settle for a synth with toy-like keys or a clunky user interface? The Venom synth's 49 full-size, velocity-sensitive keys deliver a satisfying and inspiring musical experience for serious players. The four-octave keyboard is perfect for banging out bass lines, synth stabs, and blazing leads—while the intuitive top panel performance controls give you easy access to key synth parameters.

    Go Mad with Multi-Control

    Venom's Multi mode feature lets you trigger drum, bass, and melody parts simultaneously—perfect for performing live. Each part has a phrase sequencer for playing back drum patterns and pulsating synth lines, all BPM-synced via tap tempo. You can even switch melody and rhythm patterns on the fly—ideal for songwriting. With 256 separate patterns available across 256 Multi patches, you'll find plenty of rhythmic inspiration for a wide range of electronic music styles.

    Endless Tweaking Possibilities

    The included Vyzex Venom software editor offers a clear visual representation of all Venom settings and parameters, freeing you to explore the synth's limitless sonic territory. Arrange sounds into banks, rename patches, save backups on your computer, and share sounds with other users. Use the innovative patch collider feature to mash up multiple patches and create new hybrid sounds. Venom offers more sound design flexibility than any other synth in its class.

    Sculpt Your Sound with Extreme Effects

    Explore new sonic territory with a large complement of onboard effects. Two global effects buses include Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flanger, and Phaser. But it doesn't stop there. Each of the Venom synth's four multitimbral parts has its own effect insert for Compression, EQ, and Distortion—plus Bit Reduction and Decimation for the ultimate in lo-fi and glitchy electro. You also get Tremolo and AutoPan via an additional modulation path. These powerful effects can even be used to process external audio signals via the integrated USB audio interface.

    Personalize Your Performance Instrument

    The Venom synth lets you spread its 12-voice polyphony across up to four assignable keyboard ranges. Use splits and layers to create custom stacked patches and keymaps with different sounds on separate sections of the 49-note keyboard. Dig in deep with keymaps and customize everything from velocity range to the response of wheels and pedals. You can also assign each sound to its own MIDI channel as you arrange compositions in your DAW.

    A Powerful Production Machine

    Thanks to a built-in USB 2.0 audio/MIDI interface, Venom unleashes the production power of Pro Tools* and other popular music software. Microphone, line, and stereo line inputs let you record vocals, guitar, and other instruments directly into your DAW—without the hassle of any additional gear. You can also record MIDI tracks into your software, then play them back in real time using the Venom synth sound engine. You can even conjure up wild new sounds by routing instruments and external audio signals through the synth's filters, envelopes, and LFOs.
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    Architecture
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: SuperSaw, Virtual Analog
    Oscillators: 3
    Waveforms: Pulse, Pulse Variable, Saw Down, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Triangle, White Noise
    Osc Modulation: After Touch, Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Ring Modulation, Sync Hard, Velocity
    Oscillator Notes:
    + 41 waveforms
    + 53 drum sounds
    + Waves sampled from vintage analog synths, FM digital synths, and drum machines
    Envelopes: 3
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Sustain Level, Release
    Filters: 2
    Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
    Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Portamento, Velocity
    Filter Notes:
    + tube saturation limiting
    LFO: 3
    LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Triangle, Clocked
    LFO Notes::
    Other waves: Sine+, Linear Sample and Hold, Logarithmic Sample and Hold, Logarithmic Square, Exponential
    Square, Logarithmic Up Saw, and Exponential Up Saw.
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 12
    Timbrality: 4
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Polyphonic
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 512
    Multipatches RAM: 256
    Storage: Internal, USB
    Editing: MIDI, USB
    Arpeggiator
    + Modes: up, down, and alternating patterns
    + tap-tempo and manual BPM control
    Effects
    + 2 global bus effects
    + Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Phase
    + 1 insert effect per multitimbral part (4 total)
    + Compression, EQ, Distortion, Bit Reduction, Decimation
    Chips and Operating System
    Vyzex Venom Editor/Librarian
    Case
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 49 keys, Non-weighted, Plastic
    Controls: Velocity, Buttons, Knobs, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel
    Display Type: LCD, LED, Backlit
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 4
    Inputs: 2 x 1/4" Audio Inputs
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT
    Production
    Year Released: 2011
    Used By
    Crystal Method
    Design Notes:

    Synthesizer engine designed by Taiho Yamada.

    Some of black prototypes have been seen on Ebay. Pictured below.
    Manuals & Documents

    Product Links
    Company Product Sites:
    [+] www.m-audio.com
    Pricing
    MSRP List Price: $499 - convert
    Retail Street Price: $450 - convert
    Used Price: $150 - $250 - convert
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