Hard to believe it's July already, but the calendar doesn't lie. In just two short weeks, most of us will officially be halfway through our summer fun, and what do we have to show for it so far? For Mac users, July will bring OS X Mountain Lion and you can expect a steady flow of app updates in the weeks ahead as developers shore up support for the latest operating system as well. But let's get straight to the news at hand for this Monday, July 2, 2012, shall we…?
Unlike the internet, analog synthesizers really are made of tubes. Well, not all of them, but the really nice ones do contain vacuum tubes. They range from ugly green metal boxes to incredibly beautiful pieces of art with wood cases. Someone looking to buy one of these instruments better be willing to pay a pretty penny—analog gear is not cheap. So while we’d all like a Moog, it’s hard to justify the premium price unless you’re a rock star. That’s why we’re impressed that M-Audio’s Venom brings the warmth of analog into the digital age at a price even enthusiast players can afford—and frankly, it does an incredible job.