Dave Smith Instruments Prophet ’08 Flint MI

When it comes to keyboards, the phrase “best of both worlds” is tossed around haphazardly. In the case of the Prophet ’08, it’s dead-on. Here’s why:

Bogner Sound & Music
(810) 238-8777
3218 Corunna Rd
Flint, MI
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

Data Provided by:
Guitar Specialist
(810) 736-3911
G 4220 Branch Rd
Flint, MI
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

Data Provided by:
Jeffs Music
(810) 635-4734
7556 Miller Rd
Swartz Creek, MI
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

Data Provided by:
Fortes Audio
(810) 653-0339
505 Sequoia Dr
Davison, MI
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement

Data Provided by:
Krebs Music Studio & Store
(810) 639-6130
Po Box 3277
Montrose, MI
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano

Data Provided by:
Guitar Center
(810) 720-3863
G3640 Miller Rd.
Flint, MI
 
Wind Works
(810) 743-5420
3333 S Center Rd
Burton, MI

Data Provided by:
Bill Schaffers Drum Shop
(810) 230-0620
Ste B
Flushing, MI

Data Provided by:
Baumans Music Sales & Service
(810) 686-1011
Pob 508
Clio, MI

Data Provided by:
Piano & Keyboard Center
(586) 254-3360
15317 Oak Hollow Dr
Holly, MI

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet ’08

OVERVIEW

When it comes to keyboards, the phrase “best of both worlds” is tossed around haphazardly. In the case of the Prophet ’08, it’s dead-on. Here’s why:

The world the audio signal inhabits is purely analog. The oscillators rely on voltage, not samples or number-crunching, to generate their waveforms. The filters use analog Curtis chips, just like the Prophet-5. However, the Prophet ’08’s matrix modulation, tempo-synced LFOs, and the four-track step sequencer are from the digital world. Unlike Dave’s Evolver line, the ’08 has no digital conversion in the audio signal path, which the Evolvers require because they have digital oscillators alongside their analog ones, not to mention digital effects. The Prophet’s oscillators are digitally controlled, meaning that a microprocessor oversees their settings for stability, but that’s it. If a computer tells your front porch light to go on at 8 p.m., that doesn’t make light from the bulb “computer-generated” either.

The ’08’s sound engine consists of two oscillators, a fully resonant filter (with FM input from the oscillator section), voltage controlled amplifier, four LFOs, three envelopes, and a four-way matrix modulation section for additional routing. Now, take the above voice architecture and double it, because you can do splits and layers within a single preset. So, every sound can have up to four oscillators, two filters, and so forth, right out of the gate. Tranceheads can (and will) take this to extremes, whipping up 16-oscillator mega-leads by simply pressing the Unison button.

You access the second sound by pressing the Edit Layer B button. If neither splitting nor layering is active, this button simply switches between two sounds, turning one patch into two. When both layers are active, you only get four notes of polyphony, and with splits, voices are not dynamically allocated; you simply get four voices for each part. It’s doubtful you’ll need more — when dealing with analog sound that’s this fat, the rules are different. Heck, some modern analog synths have one voice, and nobody complains.

To top it all off, you can route layer B to the Prophet’s secondary stereo outputs, letting you run a preset’s two sounds through different outboard mixer channels and effects. In fact, you’ll need outboard gear to add effects such as delay or reverb. While this seems stingy if you’re used to the extensive effects menus in today’s digital keyboards, it’s a purist design choice here: Building in these effects would have meant converting the sound to digital, then back to analog as it hit the outputs.

OSCILLATORS

Each oscillator has four waveforms: sawtooth, triangle, saw/triangle hybrid, and adjustable pulse width, which can be used for everything from reedy sounds to bold square waves. The saw/triangle is a nice touch, as it has more body and less fizz than a regular saw, making it good for blending low end beef into a sound when the filter’s cutoff is wide open. If you want more highs, the ...

Click here to read the rest of the article from Keyboard Magazine

 
Subscribe Live Bookmarks Advertise Contact Us Privacy Policy Terms & Conditions
 



 
Keybord Magazine is a trademark of New Bay Media, LLC. All material published on www.keyboardmag.com is copyrighted @2009 by New Bay Media, LLC. All rights reserved