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M-Audio Venom Synthesizer £155.51 delivered @ thomann

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3y, 11m agoFound 3 years, 11 months ago
Hey,
I found this mentioned on the soundonsound forums.
The M-Audio Venom synth is being discontinued and has been slashed in price on the German Thomann website.
Price delivered to the UK is £155.51.

I've had stuff delivered from them before and service has been fine. So shouldn't let the delivery put you off it you are looking for this synth at a knock down price.

Cheers.
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#1
This looks and sounds good for the money, very tempted. Thanks for the link :-)
#2
People I listen to on last.fm have 250 listeners. If I were to make music there would be no financial reward.

I wouldn't know what to do first with this.
banned 4 Likes #3
sparc
People I listen to on last.fm have 250 listeners. If I were to make music there would be no financial reward.

I wouldn't know what to do first with this.

What a prat you are.
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sparc
People I listen to on last.fm have 250 listeners. If I were to make music there would be no financial reward.

I wouldn't know what to do first with this.
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1 Like #5
I'm the coolest cat on here. 8)
1 Like #6
250? That's too many, i've listened to bands with less than 10. :{
#7
It wasn't the best sound wise among VA synths (though by no means bad). However that's still a lot of master keyboard, knobs and such for the money. hot!
#8
the guy who gives this a 1-star review on amazon seems rather well-informed....describes it as very buggy and appalling customer support...was excited for one brief moment
5 Likes #9
I have this.

I've been waiting for a VST plugin for it for well over a year. Now that M-Audio has been sold off
and as the developer of the VST hasn't been active in his own forum for a couple of months now
(after promising it was 'imminent' for two years) I don't believe it will ever materialize - something
that embitters me because I bought the synth for recording.

If you're looking for 'hard' sounds then this is great, not so much the mellow stuff.

Build quality is poor. The keyboard is verging on nasty, very cheap plastic. It's not a joy to play.
It's also a big lump of a thing, gigging keyboard players thinking they can control it live via midi
from their favoured controller will soon get tired of hogging it around. Or they could sample it...

However, it's all about the sound. I would suggest checking the sounds out on youtube and
various review sites. If it makes the sounds you need then it's probably worth the money.
#10
farbuckle, thank you for saving me £155
#11
Brilliant price. Time to replace my midi keyboard with this- so much more capable than my cheap controller. Ordered without hesitation at this price
#12
Ordered! Great find and fantastic price - Nice work!
#13
From my experience m-audio keyboards have a habit of not lasting very long (I am meaning the actual physical key bed) - they may have improved them now if anyone knows any better??

Out of the 50+ we have at work not one has fully working keys

But 50+ Yamaha keyboards that are over twice the age are ALL working and still going strong, all with 5 hours+ per day use.
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sparc
People I listen to on last.fm have 250 listeners. If I were to make music there would be no financial reward.

I wouldn't know what to do first with this.

Haha, good for you buddy, keep it up.

Big is bad!!!! Small is good!!! The indie mentality is alive!

It's well known that the smaller the band is and and more obscure and unlistenable the music, the smugger the listener will feel.
#15
Hans Thomann is ruining the music industry. He takes a small percentage and relies on volume...although this might seem a great for the buyer in the short term it is killing the industry longterm......companies are having to find cheaper ways to manufacture the products and this in tern is giving us guys an inferior product...also with the shorter margins many manufaturers are stipping the R&D budgets so the indusrty as a whole is stagnating....rant over...feel free to put the boot in to my comments...
#16
Coming up as £162. Expired
1 Like #17
If you order, just remember you get charged in Euros, so if you pay by debit/credit card your bank may levy a fee for the conversion charge on top - just check the t&Cs of your account (mine is free, for others it's a £1, or 2% etc.)
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sparc
People I listen to on last.fm have 250 listeners. If I were to make music there would be no financial reward.

I wouldn't know what to do first with this.
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#20
jazid
Coming up as £162. Expired

Yea free delivery only when over 199, I added in the cheapest stand and total was £162.44
#21
steully
Ordered! Great find and fantastic price - Nice work!

How did you get it for this price ?
#22
fandyboy
sparc
People I listen to on last.fm have 250 listeners. If I were to make music there would be no financial reward.

I wouldn't know what to do first with this.

Haha, good for you buddy, keep it up.

Big is bad!!!! Small is good!!! The indie mentality is alive!

It's well known that the smaller the band is and and more obscure and unlistenable the music, the smugger the listener will feel.
Indeed, I'm the only one that ended up ever listening to any of the analogue synth music I made in the '80s and '90s. You can only imagine how smug that makes me feel.
#23
Build quality is poor. The keyboard is verging on nasty, very cheap plastic. It's not a joy to play.
Disappointing owner review from farbuckle, above. (Thanks for posting this).

Some interesting posts on the limitation of the Venom as a controller keyboard. Doesn't sound like the s/w will ever materialize either.
http://forums.m-audio.com/archive/index.php/t-27337.html

I was wondering... Can you use Venom to control vst plugins in your host software? Just curious!
Absolutely. Granted, there is limited control on the face of the Venom, but, yes.

At NAMM we had more than a couple of the expected 'What about the controller keyboard?' questions from folks we were demonstrating to - It's natural for people to assume that Venom is a controller keyboard rather than a dedicated synth given the history of M-Audio. The fact that the Vyzex editor looks so much like a soft synth didn't help this misconception either... ;-)

As Mark (EnjoyRC) replied, Venom's PERFORMANCE CONTROL section does generate CCs and NRPNs but these are hardwired to the actual CCs and NRPNS used by the matching Venom parameters - You can't remap these to other controllers since Venom was never intended to be a general purpose controller keyboard like Axiom Pro and others of that product class.

Similarly, the Vyzex Venom editor only replies to incoming CCs and NRPNs that follow Venom's hardwired parameter assignment table - There is no way to have it generate different CCs or respond to other CCs to permit detailed control of the editor (and therefore Venom) from a second controller keyboard.

The Vyzor Venom retail upgrade ($19.95) that Psicraft will be making available by the end of March 2011 will include flexible CC assignment and filtered MIDI thru capabilities in addition to VST/AU plug-in capability in addition to all the features of the free Vyzex Venom editor - Users who want these power features should consider owning this affordable upgrade.

Cheers,

Tony

Tony Antoniou
Managing Director,
Psicraft Designs, Inc.


Edited By: jazid on Aug 07, 2012 13:45
#24
Synth-synth-synth and son........
#25
bet it's not as much fun as my old Casio SK1 sampler was.
banned#26
martinelsen
bet it's not as much fun as my old Casio SK1 sampler was.

They were super cool.
#27
Very nearly pulled the trigger on this as it's a bit of a bargain but I already have a Novation X-Station that has a better audio interface, a synth that is comparable, and much more hands on controls. Just a shame that the x-station drivers just dont seem to support a 64bit o/s and Ableton though is fine and dandy with Sonar/Reaper/etc.

For those swithering on purchasing - from what I have heard/read, the synth engine on this once hooked up to your PC is very good at this price point. Excellent in fact. I haven't seen it "in the flesh" but from most accounts, build quality is suspect.

If looking for a cheap but still powerful synth Id suggest stretching a little further for a Miniak. If looking for an audio interface/midi controller then go for a second hand x-station. Saying that, I'd imagine you still wont be disappointed with this.
#28
Abadi
steully
Ordered! Great find and fantastic price - Nice work!

How did you get it for this price ?

I just went onto the site and paid in Euros - I added a couple of things into a 'bundle' to get the free delivery (stand and lead) but even with those added it was still only around £170....
#29
bought one of these and added a set of guitar strings in, just to tip it over the free delivery price. ok its no access virus in build quality or features but for under £160 it is fantastic value. someone was saying that the price is because it is discontinued, but no sign of anyone else discounting it yet (after over a month) and no statements from manufacturer either. Time will tell whether Thomann offer is a bargain or simply stock offloading prior to the announcement

keybed is fine, but on the lighter end of synth feel keys, bit chunky and certainly not one for the road (luckily I want it for the studio)

Farbuckle comment about waiting for the VST, I think you knew that was never coming ... it has been 2 weeks away since December 2011. How any company can run with that storyline every month time after time is beyond me. The VST would have been nice, but you can always control the synth using midi frrom your daw and record back as a wav
onto an audio track (works with pro tools). not as sweet as a VST but at least functional.

Synth sounds great for the stuff I want, and despite everyone talking about how it generates gritty dark sounds, it also does some very nice pads as well.

at RRP then it is competing with some decent synths and possibly a bit steep for the build quality and lack of VST
at £300 (recent DV247 price) I was tempted even without VST functionality as not much else in that price range
at < £160, It is too good to miss, there are a lot of very average USB keyboards at this price range, and here I get a proper synth, and controller keyboard in one. So far, I am very happy.

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