At 5:34 into this video of a performance at Reeding and Leeds, we can see that among many other synthesizers, James (although in a fabulous costume at that moment) has a Venom on the top right tier of his rig. He was also in many M-Audio promotional videos for the Venom Synthesizer, but these videos have since been removed from official channels, and are hard to find.more
This synthesizer is really good for basses and monophonic weirdness, and some level of pads. Great as an audio interface as well... however it only has 12 voices and cannot produce high quality supersaw-like sounds.
The best way I can describe this thing is to say that it does a lot of good in it's sounds, but lacks execution on just about anything else. The controls are odd and clunky, they presets are strange, and the lack of any real sequencing or arpeggiation kind of killed it. What's worse is it seemed like they had intentions of really supporting this thing, and then just didn't with no real explanation.
On the plus side, it has a pretty neat piece of software that lets you share your presets with others... if you can find anyone else messing with the thing.
Venom, the M-Audio Virtual Analog Synthesizer, gives a huge Modulation matrix for manipulating your sound anyway you want.
In spite of the obvious and clear digital quality, it has a lot of modules (OSC, VOICE, FILT, ENV, LFO, FX, etc.) that gives you the opportunity to come up with really good sounds.
Ok, so hold on don't just say "Its $150 used". This synth is actually great! The sounds are great for an EDM musician. The interface is a but under thought. By that I mean who the hell uses a knob for sound selection.. Really WHO? Ohhh M-Audio that's who. And the screen printing on the synth is in some ridiculous shade of gray/silver/f@king invisible ink that can only be seen using lemon juice and a set of cracker-jack decoder glasses. But lets focus on the sounds. Great sounds!