Further to our earlier stories Dave Smith has been in touch to give us more news on the new Prophet 08. Dave told us, â€œMy customers told me they wanted a pure analog synth to complement our Evolver and Poly Evolver synths. This is the monster synth they have been waiting for; retaining the classic sound while adding a host of new features unavailable on the originalsâ€�.
The 8-voice Prophet â€™08 features a 100% analog audio signal path. It is a stereo instrument with a classic 2-oscillator, 2/4 pole resonant Curtis lowpass filter and VCA architecture, and 52 knobs to tweak. It then goes well beyond the original Prophet by including 4 LFOs, 3 envelopes, and a gated sequencer per voice. Each program has two layers, so the sounds can be easily stacked or split. A four-mode latchable arpeggiator is also included. A 5 octave keyboard with velocity and aftertouch, and pitch and mod wheels all housed in a sturdy metal enclosure with exotic hardwood end panels complete the package.
- Two analog oscillators per voice.
- Classic Curtis analog low-pass filters.
- Extensive modulation routing capabilities.
- Four-on-four splits and layers with separate stereo outputs for each layer.
- Arpeggiator, gated 16 x 4 step sequencer, and LFOs all syncable.
- 5-octave keyboard with semi-weighted action, velocity, and aftertouch.
- Spring-loaded pitch wheel and assignable mod wheel
- 256 fully editable Programs (2 banks of 128) with 2 Layers (2 separate sounds) in each Program.
- 16 x 4 gated step sequencer
- 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
- 1 Analog Curtis low-pass filter per voice, selectable 2- and 4-pole operation (self-resonating in 4-pole mode).
- 3 Envelope Generators: filter, VCA, and assignable (four-stage ADSR + delay); Envelope 3 can loop.
- 4 LFOs
- Glide (portamento): separate rates per oscillator.
- Analog VCAs
Ins and Outs
- MIDI In, Out, Thru, and Poly Chain
- Main stereo audio output: 1/4" unbalanced
- Output B stereo audio output: 1/4" unbalanced
- Sustain pedal input: accepts normally on or normally off momentary footswitch.
- Pedal/CV input: responds to expression pedals or control voltages ranging from 0 to 5 VDC (protected against higher or negative voltages).
- Headphone output: 1/4" stereo phone jack.
If you want more details the Prophet 08 user manual is downloadable in PDF format and we should have the full lowdown on the SE version sometime next weekâ€¦
Pricing and Availability:
The Prophet â€™08 keyboard has an MSRP of $2,199.00, and is currently shipping.