M Audio Venom Driver Download Install Update
It was single boxed and arrived without damage to the keyboard. As for the product, with the software editor and firmware upgrade via supplied disk and the web site which loaded perfectly on windows 7 home 64 bit, it is all I will ever need.
I gave away my old equipment about a decade ago which included a Roland synth all purchased back in the mid 70's. I had been missing the ability to play music and invested in a couple new keyboards recently but although having many voices on the keyboards I still needed a synthesizer. This little Venom looks and feels like a toy compared to my old Roland but can produce all the voices and much more.
This unit has found a good home and hopefully many, many years of musical enjoyment. For all you young ones out there, this in not your fathers or grandfathers synthesizer. It is loaded with potential. If you are not satisfied with this piece of equipment you are either an expert in the field and need equipment costing thousands more or just an amateur that doesn't know how to make it work.
This is so much more than my old synth. I am just delighted with what I can do with the software and even the on board controls. A buggy headache in practice. I bought this synth primarily because I wanted something with a solid editable arpeggiator.
With lots of polyphany, the ability to function as a MIDI interface, and the ability to do splits, and even a drum machine it seemed seemed to be everything else I happened to need. I knew it wasn't going to be as amazing as a more expensive synth, but I figured it would work for me. I wasn't wild about the idea that you needed software to edit some of the parameters, but figured I wouldn't ultimately mind much, since I'm the kind of guy who likes to make a few presets and run with them.
The arpeggiator doesn't completely work. The in-software sequence editor never materialized. There is just a vaporware "this space reserved for future development" in its place.
This works works okay, but not great. Sometimes the sequences don't sound right. This may be user error. What ISN'T user error is the arpegiator pattern type selector.
The synth is advertised to have various pattern types -- random, up-down, down-up, etc. Once you disconnect, the pattern will go up and The loader for your patches doesn't always work.
You connect the software and it doesn't always detect your patches properly. It has a difficult time syncing. Certain settings simply won't be saved. Their support won't help you. I asked for help and was informed the product was discontinued. It's not detected particularly well by most DAWs. Sure, it works, but it's a pain to set up. I usually find myself using my little AKAI controller that is times more plug-and-play. It's really too bad, because this synth has a lot of other features that are pretty nice.
If the software worked, it would be quite intuitive. The knob matrix is a pretty good idea. The Multi interface would have been a nice idea if you could control the splits on the keyboard itself. The saturation layer is a cool idea except that you have no control over it. The presets suck, but there's good sounds to be had from this thing with some effort. But I haven't been happy with it. I stick to three or four patches I made a long time ago.
Once in a while I try to dive back into programming it only to be reminded what a mess the whole situation with the patch loader is. Otherwise, buy a finished product with proper support. One person found this helpful. Top rated Most recent Top rated. All reviewers Verified purchase only All reviewers All stars 5 star only 4 star only 3 star only 2 star only 1 star only All positive All critical All stars Text, image, video Image and video reviews only Text, image, video.
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. There was a problem loading comments right now. I primarily play a Nord with my band, but some of the songs we play require some sounds that are a little more out there than are available on that instrument. I didn't want to invest a huge amount of money, so luckily I found the Venom. The sounds are exactly what I was looking for - something to add an eerie, rough edge when needed.
I'm very impressed with the quality and variety of the presets. I haven't hooked it up to my computer yet, so I can't speak about that aspect of it. Another huge bonus is that the amp I run my keyboard through only has one input, so the built in mixer is exactly what the doctor ordered. I can run my Nord through the Venom and I avoid having to purchase a separate mini mixer. One thing I'd like to see is an ability to more easily tweak the sounds on the synth itself rather than having to hook it up to a computer.
Also there are no buttons to allow fast switching between sounds, which would be a helpful feature to have in a live setting. The following year I purchased the M-Audio Pro 88 weighted action keyboard. Well after 9 years one of the keys on my Ozone had a short in it. So I figured that it is time for a new keyboard. I went to M-Audio website to see what they had and the Venom was there.
Yes I was curious to know if this was good so I did my research and found out that this is the best thing on the market. Well I made my decision and purchased it and I have to say that I have no regrets. And I can tell you this that you will not regret purchasing this because I don't regret purchasing it. In fact I told my friend who is a Keyboard Player about it and he is thinking about purchasing one too. So go for it! I have been playing with these at guitar centers for the past year and a half hoping the price would drop since I am not a piano player, and spending a large amount on a synth opposed to a guitar seems silly.
The preset sound are easy to edit I see lots of complaints about that into virtually whatever you want.. It's straight forward in operation.. It's just as fun as a microKorg I have one and has many more keys! I am kind of confused with what M-Audio was trying to accomplish with the Venom. However, the venom sounds are not horrible The soundcard on the Venom is nothing to get excited about I think the FX with the Venom are pretty poor My major gripe about the Venom is the editing I do intend to have it connected to the PC at all times, so I can bring up the Virtual editor, but it really sucks that you cannot get to some of the more delicate features from the synths face.
The way I see the Venom fitting into my work flow is 1 a MIDI Keyboard controller, 2 Bread and butter sounds classic 3osc sounds that I love and use as staples , and 3 an audio interface for my laptop. I cannot imagine this ever becoming my go to synth, simply because of the editing.
However, if I could manage it right and get all my favorite patches into this thing, it could be a fun one! No driver updates for over a year. It can't compete with the big dollar synths and really, no one should think it should. I had to dig in and program it to see if it will make the sounds I need. I could get some fairly warm.
I found the only solution was to leave it in poly mode, then it worked like it's supposed to. A minor thing, but there none the less. I am thinking m-audio is going to discontinue the venom. I am giving the venom four stars, partly supported by the low price I paid for it. I wanted a stand alone keyboard no computer required that I could take along with me when I travel This was the one, I thought.
It is slightly smaller than the Roland Gaia I already own.
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