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M-Audio Venom Analog Modeling Synthesizer

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KVRian
 
679 posts since 15 Jun, 2004, from blue america

Postby aaastronomer; Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:22 pm M-Audio Venom Analog Modeling Synthesizer

hi to all,

anyone got this: M-Audio Venom Analog Modeling Synthesizer

http://www.zzounds.com/item--MDOVENOM

http://www.m-audio.com/index.php?do=products.main&ID=b5802db3183b67097540183d9bc6d88e

sounds pretty good from the online samples? acts as an usb audio interface. has an interesting computer interface.

i'll probably get this to play with until we know what kronos is going to sell for.

opinions please! (thanks)[/url]
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Postby randyandyvandaman; Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:21 pm

The M-audio Venom is avail right now at 499usd and the Kronos will hit the stores soon for between 3000 to 3800 for the 61,73 and 88 key versions.

Venom sounds pretty wicked.

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Postby aaastronomer; Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:46 am

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KVRAF
 
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Postby Shy; Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:24 am

The patch demos on M-Audio's site sound pretty good, except the distortion which is just crappy, as always. Finally someone makes a synth that doesn't sound weak and mushy. It can take a lot of beating, has sharp transients, good adsr with enough attack. Filter is OK. It doesn't sound as good and can't replace my analog synths at all, but it could be a good addition, but I'd only buy it if it was available as a software plugin.
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KVRAF
 
9184 posts since 7 May, 2006, from Southern California
  

Postby justin3am; Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:08 pm

As I said in another thread, this is one of the last projects I worked on before leaving Avid/M-Audio/Digidesign. I still have the unit that I was doing sound design on (mine is actually purple not white). My opinion may be biased but I think it sounds great for the price point. Using FM in conjunction with oscillator sync results in some really cool tones. FMing a drum kit is also a lot of fun. The filter overdrive sounds really good to my ears and there are soooo many wave types to choose from (sampled from Plan-B Model 15, Harvestman Zorlon Cannon, Roland SH-5, TR-808 just to name a few).

The guy who managed the project is a true synth nerd he put a lot of effort/passion into making this what it is. It was a lot of fun to work with him.
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Postby trimph1; Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:15 pm

Dang it!! :x :cry: :help: Now that I got some beaucoup bucks I am now looking at this and drooling!! :tantrum: :nutter: :tantrum: :help:
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11 posts since 30 Aug, 2009

Postby twjmusicgroup; Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:22 pm

I just received my Venom yesterday, so I'm just scratching the surface. Like Justin said, great sounding synth for it's price point. Easy to tweak(in my opinion) with it's grid style interface, but the added software editor is excellent. My only gripe is the build quality. Definitely won't be gigging with it, but then again, I'm not a gigging musician. I have many synths in my studio, and there will definitely be a welcome spot here for my Venom.
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KVRian
 
679 posts since 15 Jun, 2004, from blue america

Postby aaastronomer; Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:58 pm

twjmusicgroup wrote:I just received my Venom yesterday, so I'm just scratching the surface. Like Justin said, great sounding synth for it's price point. Easy to tweak(in my opinion) with it's grid style interface, but the added software editor is excellent. My only gripe is the build quality. Definitely won't be gigging with it, but then again, I'm not a gigging musician. I have many synths in my studio, and there will definitely be a welcome spot here for my Venom.

got mine yesterday too. very nice sounds. the synth's a lttle quiet through the headphone jack, but that's no real problem. can't wait to get the s/w up and running in conjunction! i don't have any of the 'big' analog synths, but i do have a k2600RS to compare it with, so we'll see if it holds its own with a big h/w synth from the past. you're right about build quality, but for the price, you could 'run it into the ground' gigging and get another one. (especially if you're making any money gigging.)
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Postby twjmusicgroup; Fri Jan 28, 2011 4:05 am

aaastronomer wrote:can't wait to get the s/w up and running in conjunction!


Just a heads up. When you install Vyzex, you may get a pop-up asking you to upgrade to a newer version. I upgraded to the newer version, but for some reason it didn't work. :help: It may be that I'm using an older PC too. I downgraded to the original version on the disc and it worked fine. Enjoy.
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KVRian
 
679 posts since 15 Jun, 2004, from blue america

Postby aaastronomer; Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:37 am

twjmusicgroup wrote:
aaastronomer wrote:can't wait to get the s/w up and running in conjunction!


Just a heads up. When you install Vyzex, you may get a pop-up asking you to upgrade to a newer version. I upgraded to the newer version, but for some reason it didn't work. :help: It may be that I'm using an older PC too. I downgraded to the original version on the disc and it worked fine. Enjoy.

thanks for the heads up. i'm going to try the s/w tomorrow. listened to all of the sounds in Bank A last night. an exhausting collection of really great sounds (many i've heard before. many currently in use in lots of 'current music'.) a fine struggle indeed.
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KVRAF
 
4156 posts since 14 Nov, 2008, from UK

Postby breakmixer; Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:46 am

I'm guessing the plugin is not a VST plugin?

I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to run the software on my laptop instead of my pc with Cubase on so I could have my DAW open on one pc and have the Synth editor on my laptop and just stream the audio into my soundcard?

I want a hardware VA Synth, looks like this maybe what I want - good price too...
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36 posts since 7 Nov, 2006

Postby mcnys; Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:16 am

venom is 200euro right now...why so cheap, is it something wrong with it?
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KVRAF
 
2603 posts since 22 Jan, 2005, from Sweden

Postby lfm; Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:41 am

mcnys wrote:venom is 200euro right now...why so cheap, is it something wrong with it?


Maybe they just overestimated demand for it.

After all Arturia have plenty hardware synths that I heard many good things about.

I just have the software based Arturia stuff Laboratory - which I find excellent. Bought with 61-keyboard and intergration with software is really cool.

:)
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Postby darsho; Wed Aug 08, 2012 2:13 am

mcnys wrote:venom is 200euro right now...why so cheap, is it something wrong with it?


M-Audio was sold by Avid to Numark.
I guess they clear their warehouses of old products they still have in stock. I suppose it wasn't selling that good anyhow.
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661 posts since 12 Sep, 2007, from Sweden

Postby JimmiG; Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:19 am

€200 is ridiculously cheap for a hardware synthesizer. With thw weak Euro against the Swedish Krona, that's literally the same price as a typical VST plug-in.

Still, even at that price I'm not sure I'd buy it. It requires an editor to access all parameters, so you get all the drawbacks of a hardware synth with none of the advantages. But If you're on the market for a 49-key keyboard and don't need a ton of knobs and sliders, then it's a steal...
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