Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 – Best synth ever?

September 27, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Stack explores using the Pro 2s sequencer. Here’s what he hast to say about it:

The Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 is the most useful synth I’ve ever played. I got to borrow one for a short while and it quickly became the central control and performance hub of my analog and digital gear. In addition to its great internal sounds, with four assignable CV Outputs (and four inputs!), it (much like the Moog Multi-Pedal) is able to lend new functionality to your older existing gear.

For example, a Moog Voyager sounds great but it has (for all practical purposes) no MIDI clock synced features. Pair it with a Pro 2 though and you can control things like the Voyager’s filter cutoff, volume, pan, wave shape and more with the Pro 2’s clock-synced LFOs, step sequencer tracks, envelopes and a variety of other elements.

I had a lot of fun connecting to multiple synths, starting the sequencer, and tweaking knobs. This video does not go into minute detail on showing how I did all this. It is meant as a quick look at some amazing possibilities. Think of it more as an “inspirational” than a “tutorial”. I wish I had more time to explore applications of the the Pro 2 while I had it.

See, hear and learn more at www.experimentalsynth.com

Just finished spending some short quality time with the Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2. With USB/MIDI and assignable CV Ins and Outs that can be sent to or from just about anything in its architecture, It’s like a great synth that fits into any electronic music workflow.

Leipzig vs Evolver (Monosynth Industrial Jam Session)

September 17, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Analog Solutions Leipzig-s and Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver battle it out in this mini jam. Love these synths!

DSI Mono Evolver Keyboard + Moog Sub 37 Synth + Korg Wavedrum

September 7, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Another work-in-progress demo of the Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver Keyboard, the Moog Sub 37 Tribute Edition synth, and the Korg Wavedrum Global Edition. Recorded into Ableton Live 9 Suite with additional Piano track played using the Ableton Push controller.

Video shot with the Fujifilm X-E1 camera. Edited in Final Cut Pro X. Atomic blast footage is from a public domain film found at the Prelinger Archive.

Audio only version of this song can be found at – https://soundcloud.com/genshi/untitle…

Evolver Editor – iPad patch editor for the DSI Evolver synth

August 29, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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SoundTower has introduced Evolver Editor, a dedicated iPad patch editor for the Dave Smith Instruments Evolver synthesizer.

Evolver Sound Editor is an editor and sound development tool, created specifically for Dave Smith Instruments Evolver synthesizer.

Evolver Sound Editor displays all Evolver Program parameters in a single graphical interface. 

Features:

  • Real time editing of all Evolver parameters
  • Program Bank manager
  • Load/Save of Program Banks
  • Transmitting and receiving of Program Bank data
  • Sequencer editor
  • Resizable on-screen keyboard
  • Direct USB/MIDI connection with Apple iPad Camera Adapter
  • Wireless connection possible using MIDI network
  • Magnified editing panels

The Evolver Sound Editor is available for US $24.99 in the App Store.

Get it here >>

Out now: Dave Smith Instruments Ships DSM01 Curtis Filter Module

August 29, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

DSI Ships DSM01 Curtis FIlter

Dave Smith Instruments today began shipping the DSM01 Curtis Filter module, their first product for modular synthesizers. The module takes its name from the filter chip originally designed by the late Doug Curtis, which has been an integral part of the sound of Dave Smith’s instruments from the classic Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, all the way up to recent synths such as the Evolver, Mopho, Prophet ʼ08, and Prophet 12.

The DSM01 features a switchable 2/4-pole, resonant low-pass filter, as well as its own VCA. It is a standard 8HP wide, Eurorack-format device with interconnections made using 3.5 mm phone jacks. A carefully designed set of inputs and parameters allows voltage control of filter frequency and resonance. Filter slope is selectable between -12 dB and -24 dB. The module’s VCA features two separate outputs for the filter—one pre-VCA and the other, post-VCA. A unique feature of the filter is a Boost function that introduces harmonic distortion into the signal for more aggressive coloration.

“Having the widest tonal palette possible has always been the goal for modular users,” said Smith. “This product is our first—but significant—contribution to that world. We wanted to give modular users easy, affordable access to the classic Curtis filter sound, which I’ve always found very versatile and expressive.” The Curtis sound has often been described as saturated, brash, and powerful, and has also been fundamental to such vintage instruments as the Oberheim Xpander, Rhodes Chroma and Polaris, and Elka Synthex.

“The DSM01 packs a lot of sound-shaping power into a small package. We think modular users are going to get a lot of sonic mileage out of it,” said Smith.

The DSM01 Curtis Filter module is available now with a MAP of $179.

Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 Preview

August 25, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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I was able to spend a couple days with the new Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2. Here’s a small sample of what’s to come.

Summer NAMM: Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 Synthesizer Demo

July 31, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Carson from Dave Smith Instruments presents the Pro 2 synthesizer, at the Summer NAMM 2014 show in Nashville, TN. Enjoy the demo, then click the link above for even more on the Pro 2 synth!

I dreamt of being a polyphonic synth – Multitracked DSi Mopho

July 28, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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A song I did by Multitracking a DSi Mopho. All sounds from the Mopho. I also used the Mopho as carrier signal on my Vocoder Syntovox 222 & on my Banshee Rocktron Talk Box. Long Live the Mopho!!!

Music & lyrics composed by Val Solo 2014

Dave Smith Instruments SNAMM 2014

July 19, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Keyboard Magazine takes us on a tour around the DSI booth at SNAMM

Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 Demo by INHALT

July 2, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Dave Smith Instruments asked INHALT to return to the sound design world and join a stellar team to create some of the patches for their upcoming super synth: the Pro 2.

“Since we’re avid and long time users of the Pro One, the name alone peaked our curiosities. Once we got the absolutely stunning synth back to our studio, we were blown away not just by the raw sound quality of the new voice architecture, but also by the sheer number of possible control options. If there is a synth out there that is truly the best of all worlds and that is almost intentionally designed to sit right in the middle of a full studio set up, it most certainly is the Pro 2. 4 CV outputs (that can be used as gate outputs too), 4 CV ins, audio input, dual MIDI outputs … it’s exactly the kind of thinking a professional studio and live musician would employ in synth design.

As a sound designer, what was most interesting was the arrangement of the new filters. Not only do both the SSM and SEM inspired analog filters sound fantastic on their own, but they can be used together to create very complex effects. Since their routing (serial, meaning one filter into the other, or parallel, meaning both filters running together) is completely user assignable and modulatable (all parameters regarding the filter can be accessed via the modulation matrix and modulated by pretty much anything) incredibly rich and complex effects can be created. The first patch (first string sound you hear in this video) takes full advantage of this new architecture to create a very sophisticated and distinct jet phasing effect.

The same tonal integrity can be found on the digital delays. This time around there is a new BBD style analog modeling delay that is warm and lush. When combined with delay time modulation from an LFO, an extremely rich chorus effect results. I might also mention that the audio input itself is of very high quality and presents a clean and full bodied pre amplifier stage that just sounds good. The last two sounds in the video use this input with a bass guitar.

Absolutely no external fx or sequencing were used when recording this demo of our patches for the factory bank. Everything you hear was done with the internal sequencer, live playing, and employing the abundant set of controls on board the Pro 2. Also, these are all single patches, so no multitracking was involved. The sounds were tracked via a Precision 8 mic pre using both outputs from the Pro 2 and straight into a Digidesign 192 IO feeding Pro Tools HD.”

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