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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.