Dave Smith Instruments has introduced the Pro 2 mono synth

June 20, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Dave Smith Instruments has introduced the Pro 2, an all-new, feature-rich monophonic synthesizer. “We really raised the bar with this one,” said Smith. “As synth geeks, we asked ourselves what our ultimate mono synth would be. Then we built it.”

A hybrid instrument, the Pro 2 features four digital oscillators (plus sub-oscillator) with superwaves and newly-designed, dual analog filters inspired by classic designs. The filters (one low-pass and one state-variable) can be run in series or parallel, with the state-variable filter providing low-pass, notch, high-pass, and band-pass modes. Oscillators can be routed in pairs to either filter for a variety of tonal possibilities. “Our new analog filter design gives the Pro 2 a depth and presence that’s immediately recognizable,” said Smith. “It has a sound all its own—distinctly different from our other instruments such as the Prophet 12.”

The full-featured multitrack step sequencer operates in 32 x 8, or 16 x 16 mode and allows real-time input. It can sync to external MIDI clock and can also be driven by an external audio input. Sequences can control not only oscillator pitch, but any parameter in the Pro 2’s extensive modulation matrix. It supports both rests and variable-length sequences.

Another notable feature of the Pro 2 is its 4 rear-panel control voltage inputs and outputs, which make it compatible with modular synths. The control voltages can be assigned and routed from within the modulation matrix and can run at audio rates for extreme modulation effects. “A primary goal was to make the Pro 2 as open-ended and flexible as possible,” said Smith. “The four control voltage ins and outs really open up a world of interfacing possibilities with other gear. You could almost call the Pro 2 our own mini-modular.”

Smith says that the surprises don’t end there: “A very cool bonus features is that even though we designed it primarily as a very powerful mono synth, it’s actually 4-voice paraphonic—you can play 4 notes simultaneously, if you want to. Add in the super saws, and you’ve got a very big sound.” In paraphonic operation, the 4 individual voices share a common filter and envelopes. Paraphony has gained popularity in recent years and was found in such vintage instruments as the ARP 2600 and ARP Odyssey, which were duophonic.

The feature set of the Pro 2 is rounded out with a multimode arpeggiator; 4 stereo, multi-tap delays with analog modeling; 4 LFOs; tuned feedback; analog distortion; Character controls with sound sculpting options such as Drive, Hack, Decimation, Girth, and Air; and extensive modulation possibilities. The LFOs, delay, and arpeggiator can be synced to either the internal clock or an external MIDI clock. Two programmable position- and pressure-sensitive touch sliders and pitch and mod wheels provide nuanced control over live performance.

“Right now there’s a trend of reissuing classic synths from the past. People have been asking for a reissue of the old Sequential Pro-One for quite a while. But as a synth designer, I’m happiest creating new instruments—synths that with every iteration put more power and better sounds into the hands of musicians. The Pro 2 is light years beyond the Pro-One in every way. It’s the most powerful mono synth I’ve ever made. You’ve got to keep moving forward.”

The Pro 2 will be available late July of 2014 with a US MAP of $1,999

Dave Smith teases us with new picture of their upcoming machine

June 19, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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The big announcement is coming soon! Here’s one more photo to hold you over.

 

 

Cheesy mellow trip

June 12, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“Analog space keys !!”

DSI Mopho x4 

Dave Smith Instruments – in history class

June 6, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Dave Smith, designer of the Prophet-5 analog synthesizer will discuss the interesting history of synths, moving from analog to digital to software and now back to analog.

CCRMA, Stanford. June 4, 2014.

Due to an issue whilst live streaming about two minutes are missing
from this video. However, the camera recorded everything and I’ll upload that soon.

More information:

https://ccrma.stanford.edu/events/dav…

Endless Space – Analog Synth Jam

June 3, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Minimoog Voager
Moog Little Phatty
DSI Prophet 08
DSI Evolver
Novation Bass Station 2
Roland Alpha Juno 2
Lexicon MX 300
TC Electronic M 300
EHX Small Stone
Digitech Digidelay

Barrote Jam Session

April 28, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is Felipe Frigerio aka “Barrote” in his home studio
Bronte play the following instruments:

DSI Mopho Synthesizer
DSI Evolver
Waldorf Blofeld Synth module
Elektron Octatrack
Roland Juno Gi
Korg Radias

coming soon in youtube!
M-Audio Venom (only to control other synts)

Khoral – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division)

April 22, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Joy Division cover, live in studio.
DSI Tempest
Moog Little Phatty
Korg Volca Keys
MS20 Mini
Gforce Virtual String Machine

Organism – DSI Prophet 08

April 21, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background video description:

It’s alive! This is an experimental drone/noise patch I was messing with on the Prophet ’08. LFOs modulating LFOs modulating LFOs for some self-perpetuating insanity. Music for asylums. The sun was setting so I just left it run for a while. Please subscribe, and feel free to post below with any questions or comments!

—Instruments—
DSI Prophet 08

—Effects—
Alesis MIDIVERB II
Alesis Quadraverb

—Other—
Mackie 1604-VLZ3
RME Babyface
Ableton Live, Audacity

Solaires – Roland TR-8 vs DSI Tempest jam

April 1, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background video description:

picked up the TR-8 this week, it makes a great companion to the Tempest, which i have going through a Korg Kaoss pad Quad and into the Roland’s external input.

soundcloud.com/solaires‎
facebook.com/solairesmusic‎

Science – 64 presets for MoPho

March 28, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

64 new patches made by Alba Ecstasy for MoPho. The presets are compatible with MoPho, MoPho SE, Tetra & Prophet. The pack contains: drums, basses, leads, arpeggiators and sequencers. 100% royalty free!
Before you buy it, please download the free pack made on MoPho and test it!

Store link: http://www.albaecstasy.ro/mopho-tetra…

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