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Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver PE Keyboard  

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        A hybrid synth with incredible sonic power and 3-octave keyboard.

        The Mono Evolver PE Keyboard has a voice architecture that is identical to the original desktop Evolver, but it sports a 3-octave keyboard, pitch and mod wheels, and enough knobs and switches to put a smile on the face of even the most jaded tweaker. It features two analog oscillators and two digital oscillators utilizing the waves from the legendary Prophet VS. Classic Curtis analog lowpass filters and real analog VCAs round out the analog section. The LFOs, step sequencer, and three separate delays can all be synced for massive, rhythmic, time-based effects in stereo.

        About Dave Smith Instruments:<br>
        Dave Smith founded Sequential Circuits, the premier manufacturer of professional music synthesizers, in the mid-70s. In 1977, he designed the Prophet-5, the world's first microprocessor-based musical instrument. This revolutionary product was the world's first polyphonic and programmable synth, and set the standard for all synth designs that have followed. The Prophet instruments played a major part in the recordings of all popular music styles, and are still prized by musicians today.

        Dave is also generally known as the driving force behind the generation of the MIDI specification in 1981&mdash;in fact, he coined the acronym. In 1987 he was named a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) for his continuing work in the area of music synthesis. After Sequential, Dave was President of DSD, Inc, an R&D division of Yamaha, where he worked on physical modeling synthesis and software synthesizer concepts. He then started the Korg R&D group in California, which went on to produce the professional musician favorite Wavestation products and other technology.

        Features
        • Monstrous four oscillator voice architecture: two analog and two digital.
        • True stereo signal path with separate Curtis analog low-pass filters in each channel.
        • Dedicated onboard effects (feedback, delay, distortion, high-pass filter, etc.).
        • Highly accessible sound control for easy, intuitive operation: 58 knobs&mdash;43 of them potentiometers&mdash;and 33 switches.
        • 16 x 4 step sequencer really brings the Evolver to life with evolving “pseudo-polyphonic” sounds &ndash; you won’t believe it's monophonic!
        • Stereo audio input for audio processing of external stereo or mono signals, enabling the synth to act as a unique stereo effects processor.
        • Everything (sequencer, LFOs, and delay) syncs perfectly to MIDI.
        • Multiple Evolvers can be daisy-chained for increased polyphony.

        For players who like to design their own sound!

         

        Mono Evolver PE Keyboard Specifications:

        • 3-octave, semi-weighted action keyboard with velocity and aftertouch.
        • Spring-loaded pitch wheel and assignable mod wheel.
        • 512 fully editable Programs (4 banks of 128) Oscillators: 2 digitally controlled analog oscillators (DCOs) with selectable sawtooth, triangle, saw/triangle mix, and pulse waves (with pulse-width modulation), and hard sync; 2 digital wavetable oscillators with Prophet VS waves and wave sequencing capability, FM and ring modulation.
        • White noise generator
        • 2 Low-pass filters: 1 analog Curtis filter per channel, selectable 2- and 4-pole operation (self-resonating in 4-pole mode).
        • 3 Envelope Generators: filter, VCA, and assignable (four-stage ADSR).
        • 4 LFOs.
        • Glide (portamento): separate rates per oscillator.
        • Analog VCAs.
        • Digital high-pass filter.
        • Digital delays: 3 separate, syncable, stereo delay lines.
        • Tuned feedback with "Grunge": use feedback as a pitched sound source.
        • Distortion and "Output Hack."
        • 16 x 4 step sequencer: one sequence per Program.
        • Arpeggiator: up, down, up/down, and assignable modes, and latched operation.
        • <em>Ins and Outs</em>
        • MIDI In, Out, Thru, and Poly Chain.
        • Stereo audio input: 1/4" unbalanced.
        • Main stereo audio output: 1/4" unbalanced.
        • Sustain pedal input: accepts normally on or normally off momentary footswitch.
        • Pedal/CV1 and Pedal/CV2 inputs: 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.
        • Dimensions: (H) 3.8" x (W) 25.6" x (D) 12.1"
        • Weight: 12.2 lb.
        • Includes power supply for 110V – 240V AC operation (13-15 VDC, 700 mA) and operation manual.
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        5.0

        It's a modular in a keyboard's body

        By SabsDoppleganger

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver PE Keyboard:

        The Evolver is a very Jekyll and Hyde synth. When using a little bit of all it's features at one time, it exhibits an edgy, demented character, due mostly to the onboard bit crushing, distortion, and feedback. When ignoring those features, and programming a more 'classic' analog sound, perhaps ignoring all the digital elements entirely, the Evolver is smooth, refined and bright, although the filter can be very mellow if necessary. I tell people that it's like a modular synth in a keyboard, because it's *just that* flexible... the routing options are pretty crazy. Everything can modulate everything, almost. On top of the 4 LFO's, 3 envelopes, and 4 open routing destinations, you get an incredible step sequencer with 4 tracks, each tracking being independent of one another. If all you need is a Moog-ish bass sound, you can get it for cheaper elsewhere, the Evolver would be overkill. The Evolver is more for real synth heads who like to go deep into programming when they want to, coming up with sounds that are new and truly unique only to the Evolver's circuitry, while also providing an immediate, sensible interface with KNOBS!! that allows quick sound design for the simplest or most complex patch. There's not much more I can say about it... words only go so far when trying to explain what's really lurking in this synth. I call the desktop version Pandora's Box, which by the way, is a great alternative to the full keyboard version if you're trying to save some cash... although you don't get as many knobs, it's the same exact synth, but in a desktop unit.

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        5.0

        Awesome Hybrid Synth

        By RickenBoogie

        from Dallas, TX

        Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver PE Keyboard:

        I own several synths, and have owned several more. For a monosynth, I think it's hard to beat the Evolver. The voice archetcture is sublime, very "analog", but with capabilities far beyond any normal analog mono. The sequencer alone is worth the price, and so easy to program. The sounds that come out of it, even the presets, are everything you could hope for. This synth has quickly become my favorite, over a Moog Little Phatty and Accesss Virus, which are both great synths themselves.
        2 analog oscillators, 2 digital wavetable oscillators, great sounding filters, 4 LFO's, extensive modulation matrix, and a 16 x 4 sequencer. The features are many, and the possibilities are endless.
        Build quality is top-notch, sturdy, and a pure joy to interact with.
        4 OSC analog/digital hybrid for less than a 2 OSC analog Moog. While I think the Little Phatty is a great sounding synth, the Mono Evolver gives you so much more, for less.

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