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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 chara...Click To Read More About This Product
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The return of a legend, or the beginning of a new era?
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.
- 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
Prophet '08 Synthesizer
- 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
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.
Glide (portamento): separate rates per oscillator.
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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I recently bought my second Prophet '08. It is a beautiful instrument with a warm and rich sound. It offers eight-voice polyphony, two oscillators, four LFO's, precise envelopes, and a five-octave velocity sensitive keyboard with after touch. The pulse width modulation is quite smooth. A stack mode allows you to simultaneously combine two entirely different patches, though with only four-voice polyphony per patch. It offers also a mono mode with many variables.The Prophet '08 is a fairly simple instrument to master, yet the possiblilties are extensive. I really like its conservative appearance. It looks like a musical instrument that's simply meant to be played, with nothing fancy or pompous. It's also quite light weight and compact, being only as large as, say, two five octave keyboards placed back to back.I can't say enough about the Prophet '08 synthesizer. It may not be the most sophisticated synthesizer available, but for the basics of analog synthesizer sound, it's superb.
Well okay. This is supposed to be the new fantastic hot synth of this year. Backordered always and near impossible to find anywhere. I was lucky to find one to buy, and I wasn't too overjoyed. Let me tell you that this board is as basic as it could get. Two ocillators, three waves; sawtooth, triangle and pulse. No effects; not even reverb. All the presets are the same, and only basic parameters can be edited. The arpegiator only has up, down and random, there is a four part step sequencer that the original Prophet 5 didn't have, and it has four lfo's, two filters and an envelope generator section. Yeah. It sounds analog. Fat, warm and raw. But it still has digital ocillators to compensate for tuning issues, (it does stay in perfect tune) rather than true analog ocillators, but does have analog filters and vca's. So it is somewhat of a hybrid. So what does it matter, after all an ocillator is nothing more than an electronic component on a circuit board that produces a buzzing or beeping sound when electricity passes through it. It is then shaped into the freaky outerspace sounds we hear with the filters and envelopes. The presets are basic, mostly Juno 106 leads and Oberheim pads. It is a good looking board though. Looks just like it stepped out of the late 1970's early Eighties times. Only drawback are the knobs are endless encoders, rather than start and stop pots, and their shafts are weak and bend if you turn them too hard, kinda' takes the feel of a genuine vintage synth away from this board. Power supply is nice, a simple small lightweight wall-wart instead of huge brick with a cord coming out each end. I had my fill of analogs in the eighties, and I still have the three I bought 25 years ago; Juno 106, Korg Polysix, and Oberheim OB 12. Today I have digitals that blow doors, Korg Radias and Virus TI to name a couple. No analogs could do what they do. The Prophet 08 is just that. A perfectly replicated synth of yesteryear when technology was basic and music was simple. You can't vocode on this thing, there is no usb for software support, and there are only three soundwaves to choose from. It also lacks a bass control for the ocillators; a feature found on a true analog synth; I could not even get a decent Thomas Dolby "She Blinded Me With Science" bass sound. So if you want to play the synth line to The Cars "Just What I Needed", buy the Prophet 08. But if you want to make fantastic, mind blowing music, then buy a good quality digital synth. Analog synthesizers have many issues to deal with. They usually don't work the same if they're dropped, they are expensive to get repaired, and if they contain real analog ocillators such as the Alesis Andromeda, the synth has to be at a certain temperature before you can play it, not to mention tuned each time you get ready to play, they really do suck! On the other hand a good quality digital synth is foolproof, makes more interesting sounds, can be edited further, has more interfacing possibilities with other equipment and will never let you down!