MATRIXSYNTH: Dave Smith Instruments Begins Shipping Prophet Rev2 16-Voice Analog Poly Synth

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dave Smith Instruments Begins Shipping Prophet Rev2 16-Voice Analog Poly Synth

The Rev 2 officially ships!

"Prophet ’08 Successor Boasts Expanded Polyphony, Digital Effects, Waveshaping Capabilities

San Francisco, CA—May 18, 2017—Dave Smith Instruments today began shipping the Prophet Rev2, a new 16-voice analog synthesizer designed to be a successor to their popular Prophet ’08 poly synth. Like its predecessor, the Prophet Rev2 features two DCOs per voice, and Curtis filters at the heart of its sound engine, but boasts a number of significant enhancements designed to make it more powerful.

Said Dave Smith: “The Prophet Rev2 came out of our desire to enhance and improve everything we could about the original Prophet ’08 and, in many cases, double its power. The fact that we were able to deliver such a boutique-quality instrument at a price that’s affordable to working musicians is a testament to how aggressively we took up the challenge.”

The most obvious difference between the Prophet Rev2 and its predecessor is polyphony. The Prophet Rev2 has 16 voices as its standard configuration — twice the polyphony of the Prophet ’08. (An 8-voice option is also available, as is a voice expansion card for 8-voice users wishing to upgrade to 16 voices at a later date.) Since the synth features bi-timbral operation, two completely independent sounds can be stacked or split (layered together or assigned to two different zones on the keyboard).

Additional features include waveshape modulation, a sub oscillator per voice, digital effects, a modulation matrix twice as extensive as its predecessor, a polyphonic step sequencer that allows up to 64 steps and up to 6 notes per step, a gated sequencer that provides 4 different 16-step sequences for complex modulation, and an arpeggiator. Other improvments include a premium-quality, five-octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, an integrated power supply, USB support, and a crisp OLED display.

Said Smith: “Creating the Prophet Rev2 was a very satisfying experience. It allowed us to take a modern classic and make it even better. The range and quality of sounds that the Prophet Rev2 can produce are extraordinary.”

The 16-voice Prophet Rev2 is available now with a US MAP of $1999. US MAP for the 8-voice version is $1499. US MAP for an 8-voice expansion card is $599.

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