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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Kaefros
May 10, 2009 @ 4:59 am
Absolutely wonderfull synth!
Never expected to hear such sounds from an analog synth.
Modulation routing is amasing. Something impossible with an older analog synth.
A trully wonderfull synth and i still hevent get to in depth programing....
Arthur
May 8, 2009 @ 8:23 am
It has great technical features and feels absolutely fantastic. But it will NEVER be as fat sounding as a vintage T8 or prophet 5. It comes very close to the original i must admit....
Voispectra
May 1, 2009 @ 9:19 am
I use Prophet 08 for more than one year and it's simply a fantastic poly analog! Warm and deep sound as long as you start to tweak.. I prefer to use it together with its editor software and created my library with full of vintage sounds according to my taste. Key action is great, knobs are ok but could be better. Oscillator slop function creates instability whose dose can be adjusted easily and the result is amazing. Having MIDI ports, software integration it is simply a modern classic indeed.. It has a good sonic integration with my virus TI and nord modular G2.
doug melbourne
April 27, 2009 @ 9:09 am
I've had the Prophet 08 for about 6 months now, and I love it. I've owned a Prophet 5 rev 2 and a Pro One and can honestly say that this is my favourite of the three. It's great sounding of course, but one benefit I wasn't expecting was the beautifully expressive keyboard. This answers all of my analogue synth needs!
Tim
April 26, 2009 @ 11:47 pm
I've owned the prophet '08 for several months now, and have thoroughly enjoyed it. It may not compare to the complexity of the Alesis Andromeda (and I'm so sick of the comparisons), but for basic traditional analog sounds, it's superb - smooth, rich, and warm. I like the feel and size of the keyboard, and find the overall instrument easy to program. I'm happily awaiting the arrival of my second Prophet '08!
 
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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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