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 2, 2010 @ 6:50 pm
I would classify the sound between a Sixtrak and an Oberheim Xa, more brassy and harsh sounding than the P5, having not the instantaneous highres-warmth, but at times the thickness of the P5. Anyway, I'm so thankful to DSI for keeping analog synths in the radar and decent looking nonetheless, and for listening to customers to introduce the PE version.
November 2, 2010 @ 9:01 am
well its funny to read about the p600 being superior to this one. its really funny, cause the 600 doesn´t even has velocity sensibility, sth the prophet 08 takes a whole dimension of expressiveness from.

sure its dco instead of vco, so you got to detune one osc and maybe using a second lfo for total weirdness. but you have to trouble to integrate the prophet 08 into modern sound aesthetics. the signal/noise ratio devilers so much room for modulation details its breathtaking. even without using the ultrahyper called step sequencer.

but funnies thing here is really comparing it to a [beep] in juno crapper. thanks for that.
Wayne the Pony
October 27, 2010 @ 4:51 am
Definitely disagree with a P 600 sounding better than the P08. If it's harsh smooth it out the channel strip. P08 is definitely a future classic and a solid replacement for the P5, although of course sounding nothing like it. P600 is cool but not more than a P08
October 6, 2010 @ 6:54 am
Just brilliant, my advice is to keep it because in 20 years time you'll be buying it back, for the same money but a little bit battered!
It's simply a future classic - look at how many bands are using it. When you're kids grow up they'll want it too, just like the kids paying over the odds for 80's and 90's gear now.
July 14, 2010 @ 1:14 pm
What I found most interesting is how similar the Prophet-08 sounds like the Prophet-600. We recently got the Mopho in the studio and after a month of using it I could swear it’s just a modern 600. In fact many of the factory Mopho sounds are very close to the factory 600 sounds from the 80’s. I was able to quickly re-program all our 600 and some P5 sounds into the Mopho and in blind listening test cannot tell them apart. Granted the '08 and Mopho will go way beyond the 600 with its newer features and subs. I own the Mopho, P-600 and a P5. The 600 and Mopho are closer cousins than the P5 in overall tone. There is nothing thin about the Mopho or '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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