Dave Smith Instruments Prophet ’08 Pot Edition
Dave Smith Instruments Prophet ’08 Pot Edition

Prophet ’08 Pot Edition, Analog Synth from Dave Smith Instruments.

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revega 05/30/2012

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet ’08 Pot Edition : revega's user review

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The Prophet 08 synth is symbolizing the return of Dave Smith (Sequential Circuits Mr) in the race for analos modern hybrid view (requires Evolver). For this is the most important characteristics:
Polyphony 8 notes
Two classical oscillators
Curtis low-pass filter 2 and 4 pole
VCA architecture
52 buttons
4 LFOs Prophet
3 envelopes per voice + sequencer
Layers by two programs
5 octave keyboard
Touch, velocity sensitive
Pitch Bend and Modulation
Dimensions: 883.9 x 98.4 x 307.3 mm
Weight: 10 Kg


Setup is simple but still requires a little time getting started. The manual is not used much, at most provide some clues on the use of sequence or menus.
For editing sounds is easy, two banks of 128 sounds BACKUP or 256 memory locations which is enough when you love doing research sound.


I believe the Prophet 08 has caused much ink to its release on this point (among others) because many have waited for the re-birth of the illustrious Prophet 5. Naive dream because I do not think this model will ever be reproduced at a rate consistent (f 40,000 at the time anyway, ie goshawks than 30 times the minimum wage!! As if you went out a New Prophet 5 ° for Ed .... € 40 000!!???) if one repeats the specified related to it.
So yes, it is not the case, even if you feel a kinship between these two Prophet is in this case is no longer in possession of a machine to sound deep, analog, crude, refined and thoroughly modern.
It is therefore in the presence of a standalone machine grain very assertive and undeniable presence. The filter is excellent and disperses sound very 80's, it's pretty obvious (like Oberheim OB8 or Roland Jupiter / Juno) and very special. We can make him do just about anything you want it still sounds reasonably well.
Envelopes can be a little soft but curiously it does not bother me at all, it's part of the signing of P08 and its identity.
The factory sounds are distressing (ultra dated), it is far from the quality of programs of Evolver KB but hey it's a synthesizer so it is up to each build their own sounds.

A very interesting demo that illustrates quite well the possibilities of the machine:

Another very revealing of the potential 'retro' of P08


I have for some years and I have never regretted the purchase. I did customize the USA at DSI to get rid of terrible encoders of the first version and have the PE version. The game is worth the effort and the result is very convincing. Here you can play, program and sweat gear without worry.
We can nitpick and blamed a keyboard a little 'cheap' but it's personal I never hindered.
Given the park synth that I had in my life, I can unhesitatingly place it on top of the ladder, next to those I do not resell because that's exactly the sort of tool that never fails to blackmail your inspiration. Excellent!