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Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 PE Keyboard Synthesizer  

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The Prophet '08 PE (potentiometer edition) is a 5-octave keyboard synth that has all the features of Dave Smith Instruments' standard Prophet '08, bu...Read More

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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.

      • 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)


      Prophet '08 PE Keyboard Synthesizer

      • 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

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      I love my prophet 08 PE it is fun to use

      By GuitarDon

      from Chicago, ILL

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        Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 PE Keyboard Synthesizer:

        I owned a Prophet 08 non PE model and sold to try computer based synthesizers, that was a big mistake. I always regretted letting it go so when I found a good deal on a new PE model I pulled the trigger and love it. It is just fun to create your own sounds. It can be a little difficult and I often lose what I started with by turning a knob and forgetting where I am but that is the fun of analog synthesizers isn't it. It has enough layers of sound to keep it interesting but not so much that it takes a genius to program. I owned a Juno 106, vintage Prophet 5, Mini Moog, Alesis Andromeda and my previous Prophet 08. I have to say the new PE edition is a great and the sounds on this unit are as good if not better then my vintage synth's I used to own. It is not so simple as my Juno 106 and on the other hand not as complicated as the Andromeda. It is a perfect synth for a person somewhat experienced with analog synth's yet not a total synth nerd. I recommend the Prophet 08 PE as a great addition to anyone's recording or performing rig.

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        Polyphonic Analog

        By 2012

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 PE Keyboard Synthesizer:

        I think this is an instrument that will appeal mostly to those who like/appreciate the analog synth sounds of the past especially the 80's.
        The sounds out of this instrument at excellent. It nails the brassy 80's sound. The basses are suprisingly full. but the envelopes are not that snappy as I would like (you can't get those snappy funky minimoog style basses.
        Quality seems to be good.

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        Happy Shopper

        By Barry Fitzgerald

        from Richmond, VA

        Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 PE Keyboard Synthesizer:

        All-in-all, I couldn't be happier with the instrument and with the efficient and courteous service I've come to expect from Musician's Friend.
        The last Prophet I owned was a (SC) 600 in the early 80's. Alhough I've been through many (digital) synths since, I've never been fully satisfied as far as thick, greasy, ballsy lead sounds were concerned. This one delivers what I've been missing....operationally, it was like slipping into a comfortable old pair of jeans. The modern upgrades are nice enhancements, and thankfully, they do not get in the way of the traditional functionality of this classic warhorse.
        Except for minor superficial blemishes on the wooden end-panels (which I expected in a slightly-used instrument) this synth is really mint.
        Saved about 200.00 dollars by going with the used one instead of a brand-new one. Almost a no-brainer, although I did have to take the loss of manufacturer's warrenty into consideration when making this choice.

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        New Vintage Synth

        By Gearhead-tBo3O

        from Sharpsburg, GA

        Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 PE Keyboard Synthesizer:

        My search for this board began when my Juno 106, bought in 1986, died. I first tried the new Juno but it is a virtual analog synth, not the same as what I had. To my amazement Dave Smith Instruments is still making a true analog polyphonic synth. Its like buying a new piece of vintage gear. The real value here is that it sounds like a vintage synth. Some of the sounds it can make are bold and brassy, like the synth used by the Cars in Drive or Totos Africa. It has some patches that are also warmer like those used in In Through The Out Door. Lead synth sound like the Moog used by Rush Tom Sawyer. And the ending sound used in Frankenstein. Like other vintage synths most all its parameters have its own knob, and can be changed in real time during play. With virtual synths these parameters can be underneath layers of menus. I have only had the board a week and am just scratching the surface of what it can do. I have not time to learn how use other on board tool like the ARPs and Sequencers and all routine capabilities of the 4 LFOs. Headphone wont do this board justice. The bass that this board can produce are incredible and needs a 15 driver to feel how big and bold they are. Note this board requires a stereo connection and will sound strange if connected mono. Dave Smith Instruments also responded via email to technical question I had. Go out on YouTube and listen to some of the demos and see for yourself. The Prophet 08 is a great sounding board. Thanks Dave.
        Loaded with possibilities

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