Monday, January 30, 2017

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 Brass Patch

Published on Jan 30, 2017 Sacred Synthesis

"At the news of the discontinuation of the Prophet '08, I quickly decided to buy one last unit, a module. I had intended for several years to create something of a "Prophet '08 System" consisting of one keyboard version combined with two module versions, and all of this topped off with - what else? - another Prophet '08 Keyboard. To state the obvious, this instrument suits my needs better than any other instrument I know of. The nature of my music requires an immensity of sound, rather than a wide variety of tones. So, the obvious solution was to build up a system that could sound similar in size to a pipe organ, brass ensemble, or an orchestra.

This admittedly average improvisation is meant merely to demonstrate my first "PWM Brass" patch using this Prophet '08 System. Words cannot describe the magnificent immensity of this sound when heard in person, and I dare say that YouTube cannot in the least do it justice. Anyway, here's a moderately short demonstration of twelve oscillators and three simultaneous octaves of pulse width modulation. The patch uses the Stack Mode, so it's actually limited to only four voices.

At the mixer, the keyboard is centered, while one module is panned to the right and the other to the left. All the music was played on one keyboard; no bass pedals were used. Pure and undiluted Prophet '08!

DSI Prophet '08 Keyboard
DSI Prophet '08 Module (2)

Lexicon MX300 for reverb


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