Discussing the M-Audio Venom Synth Sound Design

January 16, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized 

The new M-Audio Venom synth took the NAMM show by storm—now’s your chance to win one! http://goo.gl/SIRjX.

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”


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