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
August 21, 2013 @ 2:37 pm
took the plunge back into analogue synthesis after fifteen years , my P08 PE arrived this morning. i had forgotten how big the sound of these things was.
must say also compared to (sorry roland) the build quality of this instrument is rather good.
after playing it for most of the day i've concluded this will probably change the way i play, seems very natural , all parameters to hand, warm sound slightly brassier than i remember on a prophet. very pleased with this so far!
March 26, 2013 @ 10:52 am
Infinite sound possibilities. love the tweaking around and never getting the same result. presets are just 0.0000001% of this machine, don't even think you can measure it just by listening to presets. apart from that, although new, it's a real machine, not a box of plastic that creates sound out of Zeros and Ones. compared to the sound of it's predecessors there is no doubt that it sounds a bit different, however, this is something related to personal taste and preference and shouldn't be used to judge on quality.
January 23, 2013 @ 11:03 am
Y'all are as bad as the DX7 naysayers. for the rest of us who live to explore the machines, come on in the waters warm.
Mike S
January 6, 2013 @ 3:45 pm
The P08 simply does not have the incredible sound quality of the Sequential Circuits synths of the 80s. Not even close ! Do not buy this if that is what you are looking for. That said it is a nice device with a wide range of sounds and possibilities.
December 17, 2012 @ 6:40 am
Luke > Yeah !
Even with digital effects, it sounds incredibely better than dry (Though it sounds already awesome dry)
I use it with an Eventide Space, and it's amazing (This little box contains all the effects I need, it's a reverb, a delay, an harmonizer etc). The digital converters do not alter the great raw analog sound of the P08 (Because Eventide makes great digital stuff, that's all)
With reverb, this affordable synth becomes a monster athmospheric engine.
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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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