Wednesday, January 12, 2011

NAMM 2011 - New Synths Part 1 - Venom for about $599

New synths are arriving with NAMM Winter Show for 2011.

We already know about the MOOG Slim Phatty (non keyboard version of Little Phatty) but it looks like AVID/M-Audio are releasing something called Venom. Here's a sneak peek:

Details are:
  • 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
  • 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 Tremolo, and AutoPan effects
  • 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 (CD audio quality) 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 matrix-assignable 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 

More goodies to come.

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