Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 Synthesizer  

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The Prophet '08 from Dave Smith Instruments is an eight-voice synthesizer with a 100% analog signal path. While the Prophet '08's overall sonic character will be familiar to anyone who knows Dave's wo... Read More

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The Prophet '08 from Dave Smith Instruments is an eight-voice synthesizer with a 100% analog signal path. While the Prophet '08's overall sonic character will be familiar to anyone who knows Dave's work from the '70s and '80s, it is much more than just a vintage reissue with a few new bells and whistles. Dave has always said that he is only interested in moving forward. The Prophet '08 is the product of evolution, not nostalgia.

Of course, the analog synthesizer includes features we now take for granted, like velocity and aftertouch. Add to that performance features like an arpeggiator, gated step sequencer, and the ability to split and layer sounds. The modulation possibilities are much deeper than anything Sequential ever produced, making it capable of producing sounds the "classics" simply could not.

Features
  • Two analog oscillators per voice
  • Classic Curtis analog low-pass filters
  • Extensive modulation routing capabilities.
  • Four-on-four splits and layers with separate stereo outputs for each layer
  • Arpeggiator, gated 16 x 4 step sequencer, and LFOs all syncable
Specifications
  • 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 Program.
    16 x 4 gated step sequencer
    Arpeggiator
    2 digitally controlled analog oscillators (DCOs) per voice with selectable sawtooth, triangle, saw/triangle mix, and 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
    Glide (portamento): separate rates per oscillator.
    Analog VCAs

    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.
    Includes power supply for 110V ” 240V AC operation (13-15 VDC, 400 mA) and operation manual.
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DSI Prophet '08

By V o i s p e c t r a

from Ankara

Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 Synthesizer:

Pure analog signal path, flexible modulation capabilities, 8 voice polyphony and featuring amazing Curtis filters give Prophet �ۡ���08 its ultimate sonic character and warm sound. Knobs are arranged and located in an ergonomic way so that sound programming is not complicated. Besides, if you have its editor program the sonic possibilities of this analog monster are just limited to your imagination. Layering concept of two programs, having arpeggiator, gated sequencer features give really flexible and fat results; creamy pads, strong basses, expressive leads. Keyboard action is good and comfortable. Cons: Presets could be better.

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