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Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver PE Keyboard
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The Mono Evolver PE Keyboard shares its voice architecture with the first desktop Evolver then adds a 3-octave keyboard, pitch and mod wheels, with a...Click To Read More About This Product
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A hybrid synth with incredible sonic power and 3-octave keyboard.
The Mono Evolver PE Keyboard shares its voice architecture with the first desktop Evolver then adds a 3-octave keyboard, pitch and mod wheels, with ample knobs and switches to thrill the most cynical tweaker. Two digital oscillators along with two analog oscillators utilize the waves from the renowned Prophet VS. The analog section is complete with classic Curtis analog lowpass filters and true analog VCAs. Sync for enormous, rhythmic, and time-based stereo effects with a step sequencer, LFOs, and three separate delays.
- 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—43 of them potentiometers—and 33 switches.
- 16 x 4 step sequencer really brings the Evolver to life with evolving œpseudo-polyphonic sounds – 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!
- 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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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.
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.