Venom Ships

Avid announces general availability of the M-Audio Venom virtual analog synthesizer      09/06/11
Venom Ships

Avid has announced general availability of the M-Audio Venom virtual analog synthesizer. Here's what they have to say...
Venom: New Virtual Analog Synthesizer Brings Unprecedented Sound Options to Customers of All Skill Levels
Merging Avid's expertise in virtual instrument development and keyboard design, the M-Audio Venom synthesizer delivers an aggressive take on the emulation of classic analog synthesis--combining the warm sound and character of vintage keyboards with the intuitive control and workflow advantages of modern digital processing to provide cutting-edge sound options to musicians of all skill levels. This new entry into the synthesizer market represents a dramatic departure from traditional virtual analog keyboards with the following features:

  • Extensive sound design capabilities--allow customers to create distinctive sounds using 41 oscillator waves and 53 drum sounds sampled from renowned vintage keyboards. Users can add realism to their mixes with a DSP-induced oscillator drift, and additional sound complexity with a 12-voice polyphony with three oscillators per voice, as well as 16 modulation routings.
  • Full-sized keyboard and ergonomic design--enables customers to comfortably create music and play using a 49-note, full-size, synth-action keybed and intuitive top-panel controls.
  • Included Vyzex Venom software editor--provides a clear visual representation of all synth settings and parameters so users can arrange sounds into banks, rename patches, save backups on their computers and collaborate with other users. Users can also mash up multiple patches and create new hybrid sounds with the built-in patch collider.
  • Built-in USB audio/MIDI interface--gives customers the ability to record audio from instruments, mics or other sound sources, or process external audio using Venom onboard effects and filters, without the need for additional audio interface hardware.
  • Compatibility with Pro Tools and third-party recording solutions--opens up workflows so customers can work directly with Pro Tools®, Pro Tools M-Powered™, Pro Tools SE and or third-party DAWs, including Ableton Live, Propellerhead Reason, Apple Logic and GarageBand, forming a powerful, all-in-one music creation, mixing and recording solution.

Pricing and Availability:
Venom is shipping now and is priced at $599 USD/ £389.95 GBP/459 EUR excluding vat/tax. More information:


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4 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Synthman    Said...

There are lots of used ones on eBay already. How did these people get them and why are they selling them already.

09-Jun-11 11:11 AM

nick b    Said...

That is odd - I find that surprising - I suppose on the surface it can appear a little cheap feeling, but under the hood, the synth engine is amazing

10-Jun-11 04:38 AM

Brian from USA    Said...

Venom has been available here in the USA for a couple of months already. Which had me scratching my head over this announcement.

Musician's Friend has 10 used ones for sale as of today!

10-Jun-11 08:16 AM

protech    Said...

That's because they are so hard to program without a computer and sound digital. I unloaded mine two weeks after I purchased it. And your are write it fells like a cheep plastic toy.

13-Jun-11 11:38 AM

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