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Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 PE Keyboard Synthesizer

With real analog oscillators, famed Curtis low-pass filters, and analog VCAs, the Prophet '08 is capable of reproducing the familiar sounds of its legendary predecessors.

But modern features like a greatly expanded modulation matrix and additional modulation sources-such as three envelopes and four LFOs per voice-take it way beyond vintage gear and make it a worthy and unique addition to the Prophet family tree.

Features include a gated 16 x 4 step sequencer, arpeggiator, split or stacked key modes with separate stereo outputs per layer, and rack ears for optional rack-mounting. The Prophet '08 module can also be used as an expander to increase the polyphony of another Prophet '08-keyboard or module-to 16 voices.

The Prophet '08 PE (potentiometer edition) has all the features of the standard Prophet '08, but many of the front panel's rotary controls use potentiometers (AKA "pots") for more "vintage-style" control. (The standard Prophet '08 primarily uses rotary encoders.)
  • Full-featured polysynth with a 100% analog signal path.
  • Classic, real analog sound-including legendary Curtis analog low-pass filters-married to a modern feature set.
  • Compact size, huge sound.
  • Tons of knobs for direct, real-time editing and performance.
  • Specifications
    2 digitally controlled analog oscillators (DCOs) per voice with selectable sawtooth, triangle, saw/triangle mix, and pulse waves (with pulse-width modulation)
    Glide (portamento): separate rates per oscillator
    White noise generator
    Analog VCAs
    Hard sync

    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.

    16 x 4 gated step sequencer

    4 LFO's with key sync per LFO

    4 x 2 modulation matrix with 20 mod sources and 43 mod destinations

    Programmable arpeggiator with up, down, up+down, random, assign modes.
    Re-latching arpeggiation

    5-octave keyboard with semi-weighted action, velocity, and aftertouch.
    52 knobs and 20 buttons enable deep and comprehensive editing with little to no menu diving.
    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.

    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.

    Includes power supply for 110V - 240V AC operation (13-15 VDC, 600 mA) and operation manual.

    Physical Specs:
    Oiled mahogany wood end panels
    Dimensions: 12.1 (30.73 cm) W x 34.8 (88.39 cm) L x 3.875 (9.84 cm) H (2.25 at front edge; the feet account for 0.25 of the total height)
    Weight: ~22 lbs. (9.98 kg)
    St├ęphane Richard
    Montreal, QC
    March 30, 2015
    Let's party like it's 1983!
    It's been 1 year since I bought the Prophet 08. This keyboard is amazing. DCO instead of VCO ? I don't care ! It has a complete analog path + MIDI capability -- the perfect combination of vintage analog and today's digital technology. I also have DSI's Mopho synth. Big thumbs up to Dave Smith Instruments !

    My last release was completely made with the Prophet 08:

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