Glossary

Arpeggiator: This feature interacts with your playing and allows you to automatically step through a sequence of notes, which creates an arpeggio. Included in Venom.

Envelope: Allows you to control the parameters (volume, filter cutoff, pitch, etc.) of a sound at various points throughout its duration.

  • ADSR Envelope: A very common type of envelope, which allows you to control the sound's Attack, Decay, Sustain, and Release.
  • AHDSR Envelope: Another type of envelope, which allows you to control the sound's Attack, Hold, Decay, Sustain, and Release. Venom allows three AHDSR envelopes per voice.
DSP (Digital Signal Processing): Onboard digital processor that generates sounds and effects. Venom features a DSP-based sound engine.

Dynamic Wave-Shaping: Alters the harmonic content of a wave by changing its shape. Venom provides this functionality, under the control of a dynamic threshold point.

Filter: A tool that allows you to manipulate audio signals, usually by allowing you to remove a certain range of frequencies in a sound.

  • Low-Pass Filter: A filter that blocks high frequencies, allowing only the low frequencies to come through.
  • High-Pass Filter: A filter that blocks low frequencies, allowing only the high frequencies to come through.
  • Band-Pass Filter: Combines a low-pass and a high-pass filter, allowing only a select band of frequencies to come through.
  • Multimode Filter: Allows you to switch between the three aforementioned types of filters. Included in Venom.
    • 12dB/octave (2-pole) operation: Sets the filter's cut-off slope at 12dB per octave. This can be used for subtle effects.
    • 24dB/octave (4-pole) operation: Sets the filter's cut-off slope at 24dB per octave. This can be used for very dramatic effects.
      • Both filter settings are included in Venom and provide a sound that is commonly found in classic analog synths.

FM: A common type of synthesis where at least one oscillator modulates the frequency of another oscillator. Venom provides a FM path from oscillator 3 to oscillator 1 for endless complex waveform generation.

LFO (Low-Frequency Oscillator): An oscillator that allows you to adjust the frequency in order to modulate the sound rhythmically—often used to achieve a vibrato, tremolo, or wah-wah effect. Venom features three LFOs per voice.

Multitimbral: An instrument's ability to produce two or more sounds (or patches) at once. Venom features four-part multitimbral operation.

Oscillator: A feature that generates sound. The timbre, or characteristic quality, of the sound depends on the type of waveform that the oscillator generates (different types of waveforms include sine, sawtooth, square, and triangle). Venom includes 41 oscillator waveforms sampled from vintage synths, and allows three oscillators per voice.

Oscillator Drift: Emulates the imperfections that characterize the sound of classic analog synthesizers, which frequently drift out of tune. Venom provides this effect—along with controls that allow you to transform it into something new and modern.
Phrase Sequencer: An interactive playback engine that allows you to trigger complex, multi-track layers of sequenced pattern data. Venom features MIDI-syncable phrase sequencers.

Polyphony: An instrument’s ability to play more than one note at a time. Many synthesizers will be described by the quantity of “voices” that can be heard at once. Venom features 12-voice polyphony.

Pulse-Width Modulation: A synthesis function that alters the harmonic content of the wave by asymmetrically changing its width. In Venom, this function is achieved by applying the wave-shaper to a sawtooth waveform.

Ring Modulation: A signal-processing effect that multiplies two signals together, often producing a bell-like timbre. Featured in Venom on oscillators 1 and 2.

Sync: A common type of synthesis where the completion of one oscillator's wave-cycle restarts the wave-cycle of another oscillator. Venom can produce the classic sounds associated with this type of synthesis—with even more flexibility for creating unique sounds.

Sample-and-Hold: Venom LFOs feature a selectable sample-and-hold waveform that generates random modulation levels according to the LFO rate. The stepped sample-and-hold waveform applied to pitch can sound like a classic computer sound effect from a 1970s TV show.

Tube Saturation: The point at which the sound amplitude reaches the limit of a tube-based device, resulting in a small amount of distortion with musical characteristics. Venom features tube-style saturation characteristics on the filter input.

Voice: A single note made by synthesizer. Venom allows you to play 12 different notes, or voices, at once.