MATRIXSYNTH: Bad Gear - Evolver by Dave Smith - The False Prophet

Friday, March 10, 2023

Bad Gear - Evolver by Dave Smith - The False Prophet

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"Welcome to Bad Gear, the show about the world's most hated audio tools. Today we are going to talk about the Evolver by Dave Smith. Is this very first instrument and hybrid synth released by DSI a modular synthesizer in a box or the false prophet? Is it still in the tradition of classic Sequential Circuits synths?

00:00 Intro tune
01:01 Overview DSI Evolver
01:33 Harshness of the Preset Sounds
01:55 How to play it with a Keyboard (Key off/Xpose)
02:08 Analog Oscillators, Sync, Oscillator Slop
02:37 Digital Oscillators, Prophet VS - like Waveforms
02:49 FM, Ring Modulation
02:58 Basic Routing, Noise, Filter, Split
03:37 True Stereo
03:48 Envelopes, LFOs, Signal Flow, Digital FX
04:03 Feedback, Grunge
04:18 Multitap Delay
04:36 Distortion + Noise Gate
04:44 Output Hack, HPF, Panning
04:59 Analog/Digital Conversion
05:15 More Modulation
05:34 Step Sequencer (Wave Sequencing)
05:58 Sounds, Processing External Signals
06:19 What else???
06:33 Pricing
06:40 Hate
07:07 Jam 1 (Techno)
08:08 Jam 2 ("Normal" Sounds)
09:04 Finale (DarkSynth RetroFunk)
09:35 Verdict"

1 comment:

  1. I've nowhere near getting deep with this synth, but thankfully I heard a demo of it a couple of years ago and grabbed a nice used one. It really does sound great, and thankfully a large amount of the interface is literally spelled out on the panel, 80s E-mu style. Also surprisingly small and light!


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