Dave Smith Instruments Evolver

Dave Smith Instruments Evolver

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Evolver, Hybrid synthesizer from Dave Smith Instruments.

11 user reviews
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Dave Smith Instruments Evolver tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Dave Smith Instruments
  • Model: Evolver
  • Category: Hybrid synthesizers
  • Added in our database on: 07/03/2008

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Dave Smith Instruments Evolver user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 11 reviews )
 6 reviews55 %
 3 reviews27 %
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sectiond's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Dave Smith Instruments Evolver
monophonic analog synth + sequencer designed by a specialist of the genre: DAVE SMITH (inventor MIDI protocol and creator of the legendary prophet)


Very simple and pleasant to use, software available on the site to edit more Seriously.


At first use I do not believe that a small box cheap as it can sound as big and beautiful !!!!!!!
has analog sounds very 70's but also present
very low fat distortion with the 4 oscillators allow a lot of things
delays successful enough ..
wavetable the prophet vs please !!!
sequencer that allows hypnotic patterns has Schultz: I love !!
can compete without problem with a prestigious synth ...
considering the price the question does not arise even !!!


Sound, sound, sound !!!! DAVE SMITH !!!!
I absolutely love all the sounds ...
if you bump into digital is a little more to get the original sound and efficient !!!
this little box inspires me all the time ... and my music is more appreciated since I put the evolver in my tracks !!! if so .....
price quality report does not discuss the ...
in addition it is beautiful and do not take up much space ...
I do not find it to actually default !!!

Looking for audio demos on the web, listen ... compare, think ... and you will fall ....; D

jouks's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The ptite that goes"

Dave Smith Instruments Evolver
For the technical part, see previous reviews. It is a single but has four oscilloscope thereby expand the sound.
This is a synth, everything is done.


This is a point that must meditate before purchase risk see gathering dust on a shelf. Many people are sold because of ergonomics and ignorance of the synthesis. Must get their hands dirty to properly take advantage of this small but fine. This is not exactly the way plug'nplay music consumption. 8 buttons for all possible assignments, reading a sign which may deter the beginner synthesis, it was my case, better to hang a little.
However for those who make the effort, then we want more. Considering the price and size, this flower toy, once heard, we're in the big leagues before.
The manual is terse, it implies that you have mastered the synthesis. It is useful to know the assignment tables modulations. For the rest demmerdenzizich.
Editing sounds is easy with practice and tracking functions. It takes practice and especially practice.
In short, this machine is addressed only motivated people, if possible with a small idea of ​​how we make sound with a synth.


Once past the Cape of use, this is the purchase that you will not regret, it is the synth that can not resell that to buy the big brother, and yet ... He's so cute that the guard.
At the sound of analog is today. It may drool a little, but everything is under control digital, suddenly it's not like before. But in fact, we do not care. The sound is very good, fairly hot (for once, we are very far from his Swedish is the gringo and they love the sounds serious attention is not Studio electronics either). So this module is a very good sound quality. Is no shame in a set and may even be the centerpiece. Sometimes can seem typical, especially if you use the feedback without moderation, same with the distortion. Delays, like require some tact. In the end it should not take this to small effects, although it is interesting to spend a processor of BAR.
You understood, I think this book very good synth sounds, one can only be amazed by its capabilities, especially dry without effects, including the demos are the worst that can be expected (ie which is not bad).


It is a little resourceful. How are passed to poly after having this one hands. Ideal for drones, the sequencer, which I have not yet spoken, works like the good old annalo, and also allows an arpeggiation, create living, evolving sounds, you do not work in publishing on the length, but depth measurement, the old.
To repeat, I rebuke one on. Besides, I always watching occaz coast, I do not forbid to toper second.
Choice of quality, robust, one default, barring buttons easily monitor during transport. Incidentally, I ordered from DSI, they have sent me gratis. To change an input jack that was very tired from the previous user, a former wrestler, no doubt, ibid. The only thing I paid the chip is to spend v1 v3.

djama's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" surprising machine"

Dave Smith Instruments Evolver
mono synth rack.
with 8 knobs for editing.
I midi control via the keyboard of my R3.
no worries.


good, 8 knobs for machine as full, at first it's a little scary.
But you get used to it.
If you want to create complex sounds a bit against by, take your time and go to sub menus, shifts, all ...
But it could be worse actually.
It's not one button one function, but at this price it's still nice, and the live hack is more or less always the same stuff. And are still using ignite, touch all the buttons and sounds dingoes out in 2 minutes.


Aaaaah! sounds!
smashes it! Finally I adore.
It is complex, it goes in all directions, hyper scalable (the machine is aptly named).
The step sequencer is mega effective.
Everything is adjustable. it sends the wood.
We might as well get analog sounds deeper than metal screams. Indeed it is in this modern registry that I find most interesting evolver.
I think it is a fantastic machine to make a weird note in his productions. And I like weird.


What I like least is that my model is defective. Have.
I bought it secondhand here, but my seller "forgot" to mention a small problem a little annoying because the machine does not deign to always work. I plug in, it flashes, but there lottery, sometimes I sound, I sometimes saturated, sometimes (often) I have nothing. So the balls.
So ok, I did not pay money, but it's still pretty expensive for a box flashes.
Finally, if I'm picking, I branch disconnects several times, usually it works, and there is superb.
But it blocks me, sometimes I do not want to upset me. Then I looked, and I think that this is a great synth ...
Stéphane Duchosal07/05/2012

Stéphane Duchosal's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A magic box"

Dave Smith Instruments Evolver
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I was still new to this kind of bike and what little we know just the basics of analog synthesis (coupled here with digital), it is a real treat, Quick Start and intuitive. We regret the panel config a bit ristett, without glasses (at my age ...) this is not easy!


Sounds pretty 90's but you can easily reach more trippy sequences style Tangerine. It sounds good Tangerine elsewhere. I was able to reproduce most of the sequences of their 70's style album Ricochet, a real pleasure.
Nevertheless, a small problem, all seems to me still sounds a tad metal, I do not know what hit bottom pan.


This is the magic box regarding the quality / options / prices
Proof, I even 2! (Set by noon, it's Papa Schulze and Tangerine combined)

Dave Smith Instruments Evolver news

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