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Venom Driver Installation & Firmware Update Guide for Windows
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Venom Driver Installation & Firmware Update Guide for Windows  


December 13, 2011 - Venom Firmware version 1.15.4

There is a new firmware update available for the new M-Audio Venom Synthesizer.  This update includes numerous fixes and improvements, including:

  • Installer Launcher now kills task bar applet prior to launching the msi Installer which eliminates issues with quitting the applet before uninstalling or repairing.
  • MIDI Sync Improved – Previously, Venom spent too much time processing and re-processing incoming MIDI clocks. Now Venom responds to timing information immediately..
  • Encoder Response Improved – Performance Control knob turns are smoother, while actually optimizing and reducing the density of MIDI controller messages sent.
  • MIDI Messages – Improved several issues related to communicating with the Vyzex Venom sound editor software.

See the release notes for known issues.

The M-Audio Updater is installed as part of the latest Venom driver (1.0.13/ for Windows.  You can view your Venom's current firmware version on the About page of the Venom Control Panel.  The M-Audio Venom Updater will determine if your Venom has the latest firmware installed, and will perform an update if necessary.

Important Note: If you have stored custom sounds in your user bank, please back them up with the Vyzex Venom editor software before running the M-Audio Venom Updater, as the updater must erase user memory.

Driver Update/Installation Instructions

This guide will walk you through installing or updating Venom drivers.  If the Venom driver you are installing includes a firmware update, this guide will walk you through updating the Venom firmware.

Disconnect the Venom to your computer yet! The driver removal and installation must be done with Venom disconnected!

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Users, if User Account Control is enabled, click Continue or Allow whenever you are presented with a warning.

1. Download the latest Venom driver for your Windows operating system from the M-Audio drivers/updates page and save it to your Desktop.

2. Double-click the downloaded driver installation file.  Click "Next."

If this is the first time you are installing a Venom driver on your computer, please skip the uninstallation instructions and go to step 7 of this guide.

3. If a Venom driver is currently installed on your system, it will need to be removed before a new driver can be installed. Click "Remove" and then click "Next."

4. Click "Remove" to uninstall the Venom driver.

5. When complete, click "Finish."

6. Double-click the downloaded driver installation file (again) and click "Next" on the welcome screen.

7. Review the License Agreement, check the box to "accept the terms of the License Agreement", then click "Next."

8. Click "Install" to install the driver.


9. A series of Windows Security dialogs may appear.  Depending on your version of Windows, click “Continue Anyway” or “Yes” or “Install” on each one until they go away.

10. When complete, click "Finish"

Completing the Driver Installation and Firmware Update (if available)

1. If the Venom driver you installed includes a firmware update, the following screen will appear:

If this window does not appear, continue to completing the driver installation if no firmware update is available.

If this window does appear, connect and power on your Venom keyboard.  Confirm any Windows driver installation messages that appear until the "Update" button becomes active.

2. Click "Update."

3. If the Updater indicates an update is available, click "Update."  If your Venom firmware is already up to date, click "Quit" and proceed to step X.

4. Carefully read the information on the following pop-up.  Note that the update can take up to 10 minutes to complete.  DO NOT disconnect or turn off your Venom keyboard during the update process, as this may damage your Venom keyboard!

5. Click "OK."

6. Click "Proceed" to install the firmware update

7. The update can take up to 10 minutes to complete.  A progress bar tracks the status of the update.  DO NOT disconnect or turn off your Venom keyboard during the update process, as this may damage your Venom keyboard!

8. When complete the following window will appear.  To complete the firmware update process you MUST perform a Full Reset of your Venom.

To reset your Venom:

  1. Turn off your Venom.
  2. While holding down the Venom's [Multi] and [Single] buttons, turn on your Venom.
  3. Continue to hold down the [Multi] and [Single] buttons until "Full Reset" appears on the Venom screen.  The "Full Reset" will take several seconds to complete

9. Click Quit and the firmware update on your Venom is now complete.

Click here to continue to verifying the driver installation.

Completing the Driver Installation if no Firmware Update is Available

Connect your Venom to an available USB port on your computer and power the device On.

Windows 7/Windows Vista - Shortly after connecting the device, it will display a “Installing device driver software" pop-up; and when finished, it will display "Your new devices are ready to use."

Windows XP - You will be asked if you want to search the Internet for a driver.  Select “No, not this time” and click "Next."  Click "Next" again to "Install the software automatically."  Click "Continue Anyway" whenever you see a "Windows Logo Testing" message during this installation; and click "Finish" when complete.

Verifying the Driver Installation

Once you have completed the installation procedure above, a small “M-Audio” icon will be visible in your system tray (shown below).  Right-click this icon to open the Venom control panel.

This control panel can also be opened by double-clicking the M-Audio Venom icon in the Windows Control Panel:

If you have completed both the driver and hardware installation properly, it will open without problems and will show “connected”; and the Venom is ready to serve as an Audio Interface and MIDI controller for your computer and recording software.

Connect the outputs of your Venom to your speakers, mixer, or other amplification device so you can hear the output of the device.