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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85 Visitor comments
April 15, 2011 @ 4:31 am
I watched some videos on youtube and didn't really like the sounds people were kicking out. I decided to give PE a chance anyway. The first maybe 3 hours, I was struggling to get it to do anything big. Once I got through this barrier though this synth began to blow me away. The Prophet '08 is lightweight, very reliable and has brilliant capabilities. Added to this it's sound is very big - if your feeling it's thin, you're not using it right!
If you want to hear a 'differnt' catalogue of sounds, here are mine:

March 27, 2011 @ 1:58 am
Really, an excellent analog synthesizer. You have to dig into it to get great sounds, but once you do, it's worth it. Even the pads are fantastic, which I wouldn't have expected necessarily. It's a particularly good synth for that early Depeche Mode/Yazoo sound. Think UPSTAIRS AT ERIC'S and A BROKEN FRAME. Spot on...
March 26, 2011 @ 11:55 pm
I didn't like the P08 when I first demo'd it. Hated the filter control and thought the sound was thin and edgy. But I was curious; I downloaded the manual and took lunch breaks learning the synth and got past the barrier (which was me). I bought it as a demo at a good price, took it home and went to work. Turns out I was completely wrong about the Prophet. It sounds as big as my Obxa and larger then most of my other vintage synths. I've replicated most of my favorite Chroma and OBxa patches on the P08 with no problem. The Prophet 5 patch banki on the DSI site are excellent! Pot board a must!
Stu Goldman
February 26, 2011 @ 4:39 am
Not very good quality and I had several issues during 8 months of owning it.
Sound is on cleaner side of analogue, far from vintage analogue synths.
Sold it and never looked back.
February 15, 2011 @ 1:17 pm
I picked one up on eBay for a great price. I absolutely love how this synth sounds. Tons of possibilities. My only complaint is the feel of the knobs, minor complaint for the price i paid. Love it.
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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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