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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
February 16, 2011

M-Audio Venom Review. WA-TA!!!


I remember my first synthesizer experience.  It was a Korg Poly-Six and it actually belonged to my older brother Michael. He would play Steel Breeze, The Tubes, and Duran Duran licks because they actually had keyboard solos in the 80′s. I never really asked questions about what he was doing when he was changing filters and oscillators. I just knew it sounded rad and I wanted to play, too. Then he did something that I will never forget. He used an arpeggio for the beginning of Hungry Like The Wolf by Duran Duran and it changed my life.  From that point forward I was hooked on analog synthesis.

There are a number of classic vintage synths that define the evolution of electronic music for sure. M-Audio sampled the best of the best, added Avid’s top notch DSP, audio effects, packaged all in a sleek, post-modern, performance inspiring 49 key contoller.

The result is the M-Audio Venom.

We had the chance to preview it at this year’s Winter NAMM with it’s creator, Taiho Yamada and we recently demoed our very own at Unique Squared Studios. Witness the strength.

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 of 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 synthesize, 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.

Comments

  1. DAWbjw002 says:

    I want one! WA-TA!!!!!!

  2. Kathleen DeMaison says:

    Pick me….well it would be for my son…..but still ….PICK ME…PICK ME!!!!!

  3. Eugenie says:

    This synthesizer sounds like an awesome device that will help me to learn how to use a synthesizer. It’s inclusion of so many patches will enable me to come up with some great sounds easily. The fact that it has a usb audio midi interface makes it even easier to use.

  4. JD Northwest says:

    My first keyboard was a Roland Juno 106, we did some live music but mostly used it to create sound for video work. Once we patched in a drum machine and it created our short lived TV show theme song. I just rescued it from my parents house and I have my 4 and 6 year old kids playing on it now. I’ll wait a bit before I show them how to run the whole thing through a midi controller.

  5. I loose my iPods like I lose girlfriends.. Can I please have a new iPod?

  6. Jeff Sepeta says:

    I bought one and I like it because it has a really distinct and modern sound. Plenty of waveforms to get you started if making your own sounds from scratch. However the requirement of a computer for patch management is dumb, and even at a $500 price point, they could have put on a couple more controls (sliders? ribbon? pads?) – without which it’s not entirely useful for me as a USB MIDI controller. Also I’d have paid a little more $ if it used Neutriks XLR+1/4″ for aux inputs instead of RCA (like the Novation X-Station). Keyboard action is so-so. But for the price it’s a decent instrument.