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Dave Smith Instruments unleashes the Prophet 12 Synthesizer. Using 35 years of experience building synths, Dave Smith has created what he calls his "best synth yet." By combining the finest qualities ... Read More

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Dave Smith Instruments unleashes the Prophet 12 Synthesizer. Using 35 years of experience building synths, Dave Smith has created what he calls his "best synth yet." By combining the finest qualities of the Prophet '08 and Poly Evolver keyboards, adding a ton of new features, and bumping up the voice-count to 12, the Prophet 12 is well worthy of the name. As with all Dave Smith keyboards, the Prophet 12 has a knob-per-function interface that lets you start designing sounds immediately without having to dive through pages of confusing menus.

At twelve voices, the Prophet 12 boasts the greatest polyphony of any instrument designed by Smith. Each voice features four oscillators capable of generating classic and complex waveforms, a sub-oscillator, resonant analog low- and high-pass filters, and analog VCAs. The new Character section adds a variety of wave shaping and sound sculpting options, like Drive, Hack, Decimation, Girth, and Air. Additional features include a tuned feedback path, a four-tap stereo delay per voice, expanded arpeggiator functionality, deep modulation capabilities, and bi-timbral operation. The LFOs, delay, and arpeggiator can all be synced, either to the internal clock or an external MIDI clock. Two programmable position- and pressure-sensitive touch sliders take the performance controls beyond the standard pitch and mod wheels (also included).

  • Designed from 35 years of master synth buliding
  • Twelve voices, highest polyphony of any instrument designed by Dave Smith
  • Knob-per-function interface makes sound design easy, no need to dig through menus
  • 4 Oscillators and a sub-oscilaatos per voice
  • Unique character section helps shape sound
  • Analog low-pass and high-pass filters
  • Tuned feedback and quad multi-mode delay per voice
  • Dual position and pressure sensitive sliders, same ones found on the Tempest
  • Dual-stereo analog distortion helps trash-up signals as desired

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A strong "VA" with an analog tail that can make some very good sounds. j

By Justin lewis

from Baltimore, MD

Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12 Polyphonic Synthesizer:

p12 is a good sounding "mega" synth - 4 "va" oscillators coupled with an analog backend (filter, etc.). it has the variety of sound you'd expect from an upmarket VA/analog synth with and excellent control interface, a decent screen for viewing parameters, and reasonable I/O. currently, I say it's competing against the Radikal Acellarator, John Bowen Solaris, and other up market entirely virtual synths, our of the three, the Solaris is also a 4 oscillator unit, but with better overall sound quality. the prophet 12 is essentially the upper extension of everything dave Smith has made since the prophet 08. sub oscillators are available, additional sound manipulation tools are available (decimation, hack, etc), and effects. You lose the sequencer based material from the prophet 08. it definitely is the top end of DSI's offering, and does things few synths do - it's a solid 4 star piece - it's worth the money if you love synths, however, it isn't the only place to go for outstanding synth sounds these days in a 61key hardware box,

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