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M-Audio Venom 49-Key Synthesizer with Pro Tools Compatible USB Audio and MIDI Interface

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  • A keyboard synthesizer with modern digital processing muscle and analog warmth
  • 49 full-size synth action keys provide outstanding feedback and control
  • 512 single-sound patches and 256 layered patches provide instant inspiration
  • Integrated USB audio and MIDI interface for tight integration with your computer-based audio workstation
  • Included software editor for deep customization with visual feedback
  • Inputs: (1) 1/4-Inch instrument, (1) 1/4-Inch microphone, (2) RCA line inputs, (1) expression pedal, (1) sustain pedal, (1) 5-pin MIDI
  • Outputs: (2) 1/4-Inch line, (1) 5-pin MIDI
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Product Description

M-Audio Venom

12-Voice Virtual Analog Synthesizer

M-Audio Venom

The M-Audio Venom 49-key synthesizer from Avid 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, and 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 and other music software—forming a powerful production machine to take your music in dangerous new directions.


  • Unique, aggressive new sound—combines the warmth of vintage keyboards with modern digital processing to deliver a fresh sonic signature
  • Start playing right out of the box—includes 512 single-sound patches and 256 layered patches
  • Endless sound design possibilities—use the intuitive real-time performance controls plus software editor to sculpt your sound
  • Great playability—features a 49-key, full-size, synth-action keyboard
  • 4 multitimbral parts—easily perform multi-part sequences that include drums, bass, synth parts, and more
  • Ready for the stage and studio—Pro Tools compatible USB audio/MIDI interface means you can use the studio-standard DAW platform with Venom

Top Features

Venom offers a unique, aggressive sound that stands apart from the pack and is sure to inspire creativity. It combines intuitive hands-on controls with a comprehensive feature set—forming a powerful synth that will help you take music in wild new directions. Top features include:

  • 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
  • > 12 dB/octave (2-pole) low pass
  • > 12 dB/octave (2-pole) band pass
  • > 12 dB/octave (2-pole) high pass
  • > 24 dB/octave (4-pole) low pass
  • > 24 dB/octave (4-pole) band pass
  • 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

We're Avid

From the most prestigious, award-winning productions, to music and movies made at home, Avid creates the technology that people use to make the most listening to, most watched, and most loved media in the world. The shows, commercials, and news programs you watch on TV. The entertaining video and film stories you see on the web and on the big screen. The personal audio and video treasures that people make at home to preserve their favorite moments in life. Our innovative digital audio and video solutions continue to revolutionize the art of creative storytelling, and have earned us hundreds of awards, including two Oscar statuettes, a Grammy, and 14 Emmys.

Minimum System Requirements

Windows / PC
Venom Audio/MIDI USB Driver
  • Windows XP 32-bit (SP3)*, Windows Vista 32/64 (SP2), or Windows 7 32/64
  • 1.8 GHz** multi-core processor
Vyzex Venom Editor/Librarian
  • Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7
  • P4 equivalent processor
  • 32-bit color graphics
  • 1024x800 or larger display
Venom Audio/MIDI USB Driver
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or 10.6.2
  • 1.8 GHz* multi-core processor
Vyzex Venom Editor/Librarian
  • OS X 10.4, 10.5, or 10.6
  • PowerPC G5 or Intel processor
  • 1024x800 or larger display

* Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not supported.
** CPU may be higher for laptops. Avid suggests you also check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than the above.


  • MME
  • ASIO
  • Core Audio / Core MIDI
  • Compatible with Pro Tools M-Powered 8 or higher
  • Compatible with Pro Tools 9 or higher


Line Outputs*
Max output level+6 dBV
SNR and DF-99 dB / 99 dB
THD+N+/- 0.2 dB
Crosstalk90 dB
Line Inputs
Max. input level2.1 dBV
SNR and DR-96dB / 96 dB
THD+N-89 dB
Frequency response+/- 0.2 dB
Crosstalk-90 dB
Headphone Outputs (into 32R)*
Max output power33 mW @ -88 THD
SNR and DR-98 dB / 98 dB
Frequency response+/- 0.2dB
Crosstalk-60 dB
Microphone Input at Min. Gain, No Pad (unless noted differently)
Max. input level -2.2 dBu
SNR -96 dB
-75 dB
DR96 dB
75 dB
THD+N -89 dB
Frequency response+/- 0.2 dB
Gain range35 dB
Input impedance5.0k ohms
Phantom powerN/A
Instrument Input at Min. Gain, No Pad (unless noted differently)
Max. input level+10 dB
-95 dB
DR95 dB
83 dB
THD+N -88 dB
Frequency response+/- 0.2 dB
Gain range35 dB
Input impedance1M ohms

* This device is capable of outputting +12 dBV on the line outputs and 66 mW on the headphones. At these levels, the output noise performance will increase by 6dB. The rated output specs (+6 dBV, 33 mW) reflect what is capable with only USB as the source.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 31.7 x 11.9 x 3.4 inches ; 10.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B004J96JTO
  • Item model number: Venom 49
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,788 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at January 15, 2011

Customer Reviews

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 31, 2011
Nothing beats the Venom in its price range, especially if you're a new electronic musician.

Not only does this synth look good and sound good... but it doubles as a MIDI controller and an ASIO audio interface as well. If you're just starting out in the world of electronic music, and you happen to need a MIDI keyboard, an interface, and a synth... then there's absolutely nothing better you can buy than a Venom.

The competition:
Depending on who you ask, the Venom's major competitors are the Alesis MICRON, the Novation Ultranova, and the Roland Gaia SH-01. These are all strong synths and definitely give the Venom a run for its money. I do not own any of these synths, so I can't talk in depth about their sonic potential, myriad of features, etc. What I can talk about is the feature breakdown.

*** Keys ***
The Venom has 49-key, "synth action" keyboard. Right off the bat, this an octave larger than any of the competition. The keyboard lacks aftertouch, which is a bit of a disappointment since the UltraNova and Micron managed to include the feature. The synth engine does respond to aftertouch data, though, so you can take advantage if you use an external controller. Some have criticized the quality of the keyboard, but I can find no fault in it. After 6 months of ownership, I have found no issue with the keys and find them quite comfortable to play on.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. Heywood on November 24, 2012
I'm writing this review after owning the Venom for a year and a half. I have to post this after reading some of the negative reviews posted here. Most of those seem like they were posted by people who used this thing for a week, or a day, or even less.

Let me preface by saying I have played synthesizers since the good old days. I still have, and use, my Roland Juno-106 I got back in 1985. I also own and use a Roland MKS-7, Kurzweil K-2000 V3, Ensoniq ESQ1 and EPS 16+, as well as several VST synths from Arturia and what not.

Before buying the Venom I played the Roland Gaia, the Korg Microkorg, and Novation Ultranova. They were all cool, the Ultranova probably being my favorite, but for the price/value, the Venom stood out.

If you are buying a synth to play presets, maybe you don't want a Venom. But if you are buying a synth to create music and sound, the Venom is a great tool. If you are using a DAW (I use Ableton) then the Venom fits right in. The Venom does not use samples of "presets" of other synths, as one reviewer seemed to suggest he thought it boasted. Rather it uses sampled waveforms (saw, square, triangle, sine, etc.) and you use those to build sound. The ability to use three oscillators at once is great. The ability to modulate just about any parameter with just about any modulation source is fantastic.

Does it sound as warm and fat as my Juno. No. Does it have a great piano sound like my Kurzweil? No.

But with all my gear, the Venom holds its own. When I bought it, I used it as my exclusive synth since I didn't have room to set all my other gear up. But as the other gear came back online, the Venom still holds a place in my setup. It is a very capable, extremely versatile synthesis tool.

Pros: It sounds great.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Pandaren Brewmaster on January 24, 2011
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I have two vintage analog synths and a Waldorf Blofeld in my studio. I love my Blofeld don't get me wrong but this new Venom just made me feel creative again. The placement of everything on the synth itself could not be better. The LCD screen could be angled slightly more for better viewing but that is the only small gripe I can find on this thing so far. After I updated the firmware and installed the software editor that comes with it (which is one of the best editors I have ever used), I instantly was able to make a nice little sample track. Everything is right at your finger tips for editing on the fly...I was twisting knobs all day long when it first arrived lol. It has some really harsh sounds and it has some of the best VA sounds I have ever heard as well. There are so many patches I still haven't had time to go through them all and the arp on this thing is awesome as you can "tap" the tempo or just manually set it whichever you prefer. Anyways if you want the best bang for your buck do not hesitate to buy this synth. Looks snazzy in the studio as well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Kilna on March 18, 2011
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There is simply nothing at this price level that does this much. The built in multi-sounds are the quickest and easiest way to sketch out a new song in little or no time... you can mix and match synth patches and arp patterns, making for literally thousands of sound combinations within a few button presses. The interface for accessing all of the patch parameters is well thought-out and simple. The tap tempo with tempo-synced arps and beats allow you to jam with other musicians with a minimum of effort for a maximum of sound. The patches range from smooth to chunky, clean to nasty, and there's a sane set of built-ins.

Suggestions for the Venom 2:

* Since this is a great keyboard for jamming, I'd love a separate volume control for headphones and 1/4 inch outs... that way I can test a sound out on my cans before sending it to the main mix
* Individual gain control knobs for each of the parts of a multi-sound, so I can avoid button presses to adjust levels
* Some way to have separate arp-lock/sustain for each side of the multi-sound. Quite often I'd like to have arp-lock on the lower half and none on the upper half.

Even if I have a wish list it's just a sign of how much I love this thing. There's nothing at this price point that is this great-sounding and fun to play.
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