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
November 22, 2008 @ 3:26 pm
This synthesizer simply super, recommend!!!
October 9, 2008 @ 1:41 pm
Great warm sounding synth with 8 voices of pure analog. Nice layout, plenty of knobs, nice sequencer and low price. A dream come true for analog lovers. I even like the A/B split keyboard option. Down side is the cheep feeling of the knobs. Price wise you cannot beat it. Great job Dave.
October 6, 2008 @ 6:31 pm
This synth is a real beast! It really starts to make sense when you get to know the details with this one. The presets are good but when you really get to grips with the modulation, appregiator and sequencer it opens up a whole new world of deep layered fat textures. The aftertouch is nice but I would like to see some more CV sockets in the back so that it can be hooked up to some more modular system like my Moog is. Although it's a quite a lot of money, this is amazing value. The look is really nice in my opinion but the one thing that lets it down is the quality of the knobs. I don't like the way they feel and they don't feel very solid like, say the Voyager. I suppose this is how DSI keep the price down. If you have the money, I say get one for sure. It is the best Synth in this price range and it is the most used one in my studio.
September 21, 2008 @ 11:18 am
i was eager to buy one, i was so disipointed when i tried it, it sounds cold and harsh. Where is the analog here??
September 17, 2008 @ 1:33 am
This synth is truly the essence of analog...listen to "Wagnerian"...classic Oberheim modular to a "T". Honestly, there is nothing that I dislike about this synth...it's very compact and light, but built like a rock...it has a phenomenal keyboard action with velocity and aftertouch...and sounds just as fat and analog as any OB-X, Prophet-5, or JP-8...but is MUCH MORE DEPENDABLE as well as still having parts readily available...plus it has a step sequencers...AND CAN BE OWNED FOR UNDER $2K (I actually paid more for my Anniversary Edition, but I wanted the visual upgrade for collectability reasons). I also own a Virus TI, and the two compliment each other extremely well. You can get a really thick, fat sound out of the Virus...but....the Prophet '08 has a thick sizzle to it that the VA's just can't get. For anyone that wants true analog sound (those from the 70's and 80's know what I'm talking about) without having to worry about breakdown, it just does not get better !!
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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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