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      Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 PE Keyboard Synthesizer (620543)
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A 5-octave keyboard with vintage-style controls and modern sound options.

The Prophet '08 PE (potentiometer edition) is a 5-octave keyboard synth that has all the features of Dave Smith Instruments' standard Prophet '08, but many of the front panel's rotary controls use potentiometers (AKA pots) for more vintage-style control. It features an eight-voice synthesizer with a 100% analog signal path, velocity, and aftertouch. Add to that performance features like an arpeggiator, gated 16 x 4 step sequencer, and the ability to split or stack sounds—and the modulation possibilities make it capable of producing sounds that the classics simply could not.

On board the Prophet '08 PE keyboard synth, you'll find a spring-loaded pitch wheel and assignable mod wheel, 256 fully editable programs with two layers in each program, two digitally controlled analog oscillators, and three envelope generators.

The Prophet '08 PE is an affordable, full-featured polysynth with a 100% analog signal path. Classic, real analog sound, including legendary Curtis analog low-pass filters is married to a modern feature set. The electronic keyboard has a compact size with a huge sound and includes tons of knobs for direct, real-time editing and performance.

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 PE Keyboard Synthesizer Features:

  • 5-octave keyboard with semi-weighted action, velocity, and aftertouch
    Spring-loaded pitch wheel and assignable mod wheel
    256 fully editable programs (2 banks of 128) with 2 layers (2 separate sounds) in each
    16 x 4 gated step sequencer
    Arpeggiator
    2 digitally controlled analog oscillators (DCOs) per voice with selectable sawtooth, triangle, saw/triangle mix, pulse waves (with pulse-width modulation), and hard sync
    White noise generator
    1 analog Curtis low-pass filter per voice; selectable 2- and 4-pole operation (self-resonating in 4-pole mode)
    3 envelope generators: filter, VCA, and assignable (four-stage ADSR + delay)
    Envelope 3-can loop
    4 LFOs (low-frequency oscillation)
    Glide (portamento): separate rates per oscillator
    Analog VCAs (variable gain amplifiers)


Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 PE Keyboard Synthesizer Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 3.875" H x 34.8" W x 12.1" D
    Weight: approximately 22lb.

    Ins and Outs
    MIDI In, Out, Thru, and Poly Chain
    Main stereo audio output: 1/4" unbalanced
    Output B stereo audio output: 1/4" unbalanced
    Sustain pedal input: accepts normally on or normally off momentary footswitch
    Pedal/CV input: responds to expression pedals or control voltages ranging from 0 to 5 VDC (protected against higher or negative voltages)
    Headphone output: 1/4" stereo phone jack


Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 PE Keyboard Synthesizer Includes:

    power supply for 110V-240V AC operation (13-15 VDC, 400mA) and operation manual
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  • What a beast!!!

    As reviewed by stephan salmeron on 4/24/2014

    i own 7 synths(motifes6,nordlead3,Gaia sh01,Juno 106,korg ms-20,ultranova and a dx7) and i think this one just beat them all up bad the sound from this thing is amazing making patches is like a walk in the park had to get used to the mod and pitch wheel being in a different place for me then usual but i managed. this feels like the first time I'm hearing analog when its really not. some people said the presets were terrible. i think they sound great but a synth is not about the presets anyway its how it works and sounds and this is just a wonderful machine all in all if your a synth geek you will know how good this instrument is when you play it...

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  • DSI Prophet '08 Works great

    As reviewed by James [BOSStone] on 12/6/2009

    Love the real Analog sound. Sounds a LOT better then all my VAs (Nord Lead3, Access Virus Classic, Alesis ION). Some people say it doesn't sound that analog but I totally disagree. Hint: When you get it read the "Hidden Functions" section at the end of the manual so you can calibrate the low pass filters and analog oscillator waveshapes, and calibrate the pitch and mod wheels. Also you will Definitely want to update the software to the newest. A lot of the Prophet 08 PE's have a bug were you cant edit the second layer when split/stacked, a simple update and this is fixed.

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