M-Audio VENOM at Winter NAMM 2011
I used to work at Harris Music and Sound in Pensacola, Florida about 11 years ago and I remember once explaining MIDI to an older gentleman who wanted his keyboard to “talk” to his drum machine. I was showing him a product by a company called Midiman that had multiple midi ins and outs and I explained to him that this little box was only the beginning of what was to come. I embraced technology (being into dance music) because this was the culture. Midiman became M-Audio and I had every controller they put out. I wanted a Midi out in my neck so I could control synths with my vocal because I wanted to be a robot. I probably still do. Anyway, M-Audio released their first ever programmable super synth called the M-Audio Venom. The Crystal Method said this keyboard changed their life. We caught up with Taiho at M-Audio who created this beast and here’s what we discovered.
Transcript:What’s up this is Scott Magno DJ MadFlip with UniqueSquared.com, and today we’re going to check out the M-Audio Venom. This thing is really nice, we’re going to get inside of all the features, do a quick demo, and we’re going to tell you exactly why we think this thing is truly deadly. Stick around, and let’s get into it. Ok, so let’s check out the M-Audio Venom. What is this beautiful thing? Well, it is a 49 key controller, and M-Audio has been making controllers for quite some time. They’re very popular, very reliable. Now this is going to be their first foray into the virtual analog synthesizer. Now it really packs a punch, what you get is 512 patches, 256 multi layered patches. You’re also going to get a really awesome arpeggiator. Now these pads are sampled from some of the classic vintage analog synthesizers, FM synthesizers, and classic drum machines. All of this right in here. And what you also get is a USB audio MIDI interface, this means I can take an instrument, I can take a microphone, I can take an RCA stereo input, plug directly into the Venom, and go straight into my DAW. No extra hassle with another audio interface or sound card. That is amazing. Now it’s also going to come with the Vyzex Venom editor. Now this is an editor that you can load onto your laptop, connect USB 2.0, to the Venom, and you can do all of your edits, all of your banks, rearranging, everything, all of your little tweaks, do it within the editor and have a very clear visual representation of what you’re doing. Now you can save everything on here, shut the Venom off, and load it right back in, and you’ve got everything ready to go. Now let’s check it out and see what we can do with the Venom. That is wicked. Alright, this truly is a deadly Venom. So for M-Audio’s first at bat when it comes to a virtual analog synth they hit a homerun. Now for those of you who are unfamiliar with the synthesizers, you don’t have to be intimidated, you’ve got the editor right here. Good visual, you can do all of your tweaks and actually learn the art of it as you go. And for those of you who are familiar you will feel right at home. Now what I love the most as a player, is that I’ve got a lot of good patches here, a lot of vintage sounds, a lot of really good electronic sounds as well. As a performer and producer, the multi control blows everything out of the water. So there’s a lot more that we can talk about with the M-Audio Venom, if you have any comments or questions you can leave them here, hit me up on the UniqueSquared blog, and as always, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. My name is Scott Magno DJ MadFlip, be you, be unique at UniqueSquared.com.