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Open Source Support for the Venom?

I recently purchased a venom on the second hand market, and I don't regret it! This is a wonderful product with a somewhat sad story behind why it fell by the wayside. I think the solution to this, and for those customers that had to pay full price for this product, may be an open source community fostered by M audio or whoever owns the rights to creating such a community. Creating an Open source support network, or at least encouraging the formation of one, could help produce that vst that was never created, and continue to keep the editor alive even after OS systems change to the point where the original editor will no longer be functional.

I know I am probably speaking to an empty room here, but I thought it a worthy enough idea to throw it out there.

Regards,

Jordan (Happy Venom Owner)
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  • Hey Jordan,

    Thanks for posting!

    I will submit this as a request to the M-Audio team for consideration.
    While I can't guarantee that this can happen, I am happy to see there is interest and I'm happy to pass this along for you.

    Please let me know if you have any questions!
    • The Venom community may be sort of a small cult at the moment. But it really is a wonderful synth, and I am obsessed with it. I couldn't imagine doing what I do with any other piece of hardware.

      I would love to participate in open-source support going forward, as I doubt I will ever abandon the Venom. I have two right now, and I intend to keep accumulating more.

      It's a sad thing, to see all these dead links to the old Venom groups. There should at least be one corner of the Internet dedicated to this wonderful machine, a place for people to share patches, FAQs, discussions, etc. It's unique enough to warrant at least that. Taiho Yamada obviously put a ton of heart and soul into this synth, and its sort of sad to see it abandoned like a piece of junk. I often wonder what he feels about what happened with the Venom after he spent years designing it. It's not a piece of junk! It's a beautifully designed synth, despite the outer "cheap" appearance.
    • Thats the perfect choice of words to describe the Venom.
      Many Users of other Synths that never used this great piece of Sound-Machine speak bad about it, without knowing what is possible to create with it. I've got a lot other Synths and all of them are great for themselves, but none of them make it possible to get such a great variation of Sounds, like the Venom.
      And for sure it is Not a piece of junk!!!!!
      Its one of the Best Synths that was made, ever!!!!
      The only junk-thing with it is the way that MAudio or better to say Avid is handle these beautifull piece of Gear!!!!
      And because they dont care about it and us, the Users that keep it alive, we have to do it on our own.....
      I want to start a Group on FB to give us, the Users and all out there that want to get Impressed by the Venom, a Plattform to talk, share and inform anybody that is interested.
      If there is somebody to realize and take care of this with me, just letzten me know and we will go on with it....

      I love this Synth and want to Show all that Talk shit about it, that it is never the price that makes a thing good, only the way you use its posibillitys and your own inspiration will do.

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  • If you're still using your Venom, I'd like to get some sort of a Venom community project going. It is the Sun at the center of my musical Solar System. I am currently working on controlling and arranging Venom with an Electribe, via Ableton Live 9. I'd love to create a hub for those out there who still use it and might have questions, ideas, patches, etc. It would be amazing to get a real open-source fixes going forward as well.

    Speaking of Ableton, there is a Venom plugin called Venom Control that was created exclusively for Max for Live. So you need at least the The guy who designed the plugin doesn't own a Venom anymore, so perhaps an open-source community could be useful in updating it.
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  • Any News / update on releasing the firmware & editing software of the Venom to make it open source, so that its users can support it themselves..?
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  • I'd like to add my vote for open sourcing the Venom software/firmware. It would also be great if the Vysex editor could be made open source, since it was never quite finished, especially in the area of editing/creating arpeggiator patterns or phrases. That would have to be a question for PsiCraft rather than M-Audio, however.
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  • I miss my venom. It was the first synth I owned 6 years ago.
    The Psycraft made librarian software called Vyzex, especially the final 1.2 update before M-Audio pulled the funding on further development is pretty good. It offers granular controls of the synth over USB or MIDI, which is something modern librarians often won't do. In fact with a bluetooth MIDI over bluetooth dongle in the Venom's back DIN ports, this synth can be wirelessly controlled by Vyzex, due to that additional MIDI control path capability.
    Cheers,
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