Dave Smith Instruments Prophet ’08

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Prophet '08

The Prophet '08 truly signals the return of the classic Sequential Circuits Prophet synthesizers, in a beautiful, modern and ultra-stable programmable analog synthesizer! Building on the Poly Evolver keyboard, the Prophet '08 offers eight voices of polyphony with a 100% analog signal path. The look is spot-on! Brand new, the Prophet '08 already looks like it's a classic vintage piece of history. And its sound really does blow you away!

Dave Smith is considered a legendary figure in the synthesizer world, he founded Sequential Circuits and designed such classics as the Prophet 5 and Prophet VS, and he was a pioneer in bringing MIDI to synthesizers. The new for 2007 Prophet '08 brings back much of the original technology from those old Prophets (like Curtis filters and analog oscillators), updated of course, to meet today's musicians needs.

While it doesn't sound exactly like an original P5, it does sound and behave more like one than any other pretender. It's cleaner, purer and a little more predictable than its 25 year old predecessors. Actually, it sounds just like the Poly Evolver, minus the digital oscillators.

Regardless, the Prophet '08 is truly a modern day Prophet series synth. Unlike many (Roland) synths that are attaching vintage model names to their current synths even though they are almost nothing alike (Juno, SH, etc.), the Prophet '08 is the real-deal next generation version of its predecessors. As DSI says, the Prophet '08 is the product of evolution, not nostalgia. Of course, it 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.

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Prophet '08 Special Edition

The year 2008 marks 30 years of great Dave Smith-designed synthesizers. To celebrate, DSI issued the Prophet '08 Special Edition. In addition to the standard Prophet '08 features, the Special Edition includes red lighted (pitch/bend) wheels, exotic leopard-wood end panels, and a special commemorative overlay signed by Dave. It also includes editor/librarian software and the "Dave Smith: Synthesizer Pioneer" DVD. It costs about $500 more than the standard model.

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88 Visitor comments
July 3, 2012 @ 10:08 am
The P5 does have the same filter leakage issues. Nobody ever complained about...
June 29, 2012 @ 4:37 am
It's sexy, it's cute, it has wooden parts, many knobs, many leds, it looks awesome. It sounds poor. Unfortunately. I used it in solo parts, in poly mode it just [beep] s. Filter leakage is disgusting. Sorry. If you think that you will even touch a world of prophets, moogs, oberheims, junos etc (vintage analog gear) - YOU ARE WRONG - You won't. Thanks Dave Smith - You've tried and I tried too.
June 18, 2012 @ 5:34 pm
Best cheap reliable analog polyphonic on the market,
I got mine second hand for 800$. Does everything A synth should and more.
please stop blaming the synth for your shortcomings as programmers!
June 15, 2012 @ 1:35 pm
This is an amazing little synth...as a previous owner of 3 Prophet-5's (a rev.2, and 2 rev.3.2's), I know the Prophet sound. IMHO, they sound very similar so that most ears would be unable to differentiate between them. But, the '08 is MUCH more stable, MUCH more dependable, has 3 extra voices, can split and layer, has a much better action w/velocity and after touch, and parts are available for it. The original P-5 has a better (I.e. prettier) cabinet and a ton of vintage MOJO. FOR MY MONEY, it's the '08 any day of the year !!!
May 30, 2012 @ 3:48 am
Very great synth.
Deep modulation matrix, fine sound, interesting filter, great look, great price.
It has a strong personality, and is very warm sounding, for a neo-analo.
Still has some issues you have to check before buying, to know if it is really a problem for you (Filter bleed, "stepped" filter control knob). These "issues" are no big deal for me.
This synth is really a piece of art. 8 voice poly, full analo, step sequencer, kbd split, controls everywhere for nearly each function. Stack and unisson modes... Great job DSI !
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Oscillators - 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.
  • LFO - 4 LFOs all MIDI syncable.
  • Filter - 1 Analog Curtis low-pass filter per voice, selectable 2- and 4-pole operation (self-resonating in 4-pole mode).
  • VCA - Analog VCAs. 3 Envelope Generators: filter, VCA, and assignable (four-stage ADSR + delay); Envelope 3 can loop.
  • Keyboard - 5-octave keyboard with semi-weighted action, velocity, and aftertouch.
  • Memory - 256 fully editable Programs (2 banks of 128) with 2 Layers (2 separate sounds) in each Program.
  • Effects - Glide (portamento): separate rates per oscillator.
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator, gated 16 x 4 step sequencer all MIDI syncable.
  • Control - MIDI In, Out, Thru, and Poly Chain. Pedal/CV input: responds to expression pedals or control voltages ranging from 0 to 5 VDC.
  • Date Produced - 2007

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