NAMM 2014: Dave Smith Instruments – Showing off the Prophet 12

January 23, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here’s a presentation of the new Dave Smith Instruments P12 at the NAMM Show 2014.

Dave Smith P12 Module LIVE Performance Demo at NAMM 2014 on BBoyTechReport.com

Dave Smith: Introducing the Prophet 12 Module

December 19, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Soundtrack composed 100% with Prophet 12!
Introducing the Prophet 12 Module, the same great sound engine of the Prophet 12 keyboard with enough portability to fit in a backpack! At twelve voices, the Prophet 12 boasts the greatest polyphony of any instrument designed by Dave Smith. Each voice features four oscillators capable of generating classic and complex waveforms, a sub-oscillator, resonant analog low-pass and high-pass filters, and analog VCAs. The new Character section adds a variety of wave shaping and sound sculpting options, like Drive, Hack, Decimation, Girth, and Air. Additional features include a tuned feedback path, a four-tap stereo delay per voice, expanded arpeggiator functionality, deep modulation capabilities, and bi-timbral operation. The LFOs, delay, and arpeggiator can all be synced, either to the internal clock or an external MIDI clock.

Prophet on Cloud Nine

December 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background video description:

Composed and performed by Gianni Proietti a.k.a. “Gattobus” using a DSI Prophet 08.
No other instruments were used, I just added a delay effect and a reverb.

Sweet coverage of the Mopho SE from Dave Smith Instruments

December 11, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

It’s a Bigger Badder Mopho!
Mopho SE is the newest addition to DSI’s revered line of analog subtractive synthesizers. Building upon the same award winning voice architecture of the Mopho and Mopho Keyboard, the Mopho SE boasts huge sound in an ideally sized, portable, and elegantly designed package. Use it to create huge basses, creamy leads, and maniacal sequences.

The Mopho Sings!
The Mopho SE voice is composed of two analog oscillators, two sub octave generators, selectable 2- or 4-pole famed Curtis low-pass filter, three 5-stage envelope generators, four LFOs, a re-latchable arpeggiator, and a 16 x 4 step sequencer. Its voice also comes packed with 20 modulation sources and almost 50 destinations!

FM the filter to create metallic bell-like sounds and use the feedback path to add subtle or destructive harmonic content to your sound. Process external audio through the Mopho’s voice and add some analog warmth to any source. Mopho SE’s 100% analog signal path is powerful, monstrous, and sonically dynamic!

Prophet 08 First Experiment

December 1, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Prophet ’08 truly signals the return of the classic Sequential Circuits Prophet synthesizers, in a beautiful, modern and ultra-stable programmable analog synthesizer! Building on the Poly Evolver keyboard, the Prophet ’08 offers eight voices of polyphony with a 100% analog signal path. The look is spot-on! Brand new, the Prophet ’08 already looks like it’s a classic vintage piece of history. And its sound really does blow you away!

Dave Smith is considered a legendary figure in the synthesizer world, he founded Sequential Circuits and designed such classics as the Prophet 5 and Prophet VS, and he was a pioneer in bringing MIDI to synthesizers. The new for 2007 Prophet ’08 brings back much of the original technology from those old Prophets (like Curtis filters and analog oscillators), updated of course, to meet today’s musicians needs.

While it doesn’t sound exactly like an original P5, it does sound and behave more like one than any other pretender. It’s cleaner, purer and a little more predictable than its 25 year old predecessors. Actually, it sounds just like the Poly Evolver, minus the digital oscillators.

Regardless, the Prophet ’08 is truly a modern day Prophet series synth. Unlike many (Roland) synths that are attaching vintage model names to their current synths even though they are almost nothing alike (Juno, SH, etc.), the Prophet ’08 is the real-deal next generation version of its predecessors. As DSI says, the Prophet ’08 is the product of evolution, not nostalgia. Of course, it includes features we now take for granted, like velocity and aftertouch. Add to that performance features like an arpeggiator, gated step sequencer, and the ability to split and layer sounds. The modulation possibilities are much deeper than anything Sequential ever produced, making it capable of producing sounds the “classics” simply could not.

Background video description:

This is the first video I’ve made with the Prophet 08. It’s a chord sound inspired by a demonstration of the 8-voice SEM. Just playing a chord progression with it. I hope you like!

Roger Linn stops by DSI for a Linnstrument prototype demo

November 20, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Roger dropped by the office to give us a sneak peek of his great LinnStrument prototype. The LinnStrument is triggering our Prophet 12 Module prototype as the sound source. This is not the final design or form factor of the LinnStrument, but it was fun to see it in action and play around with it. It is extremely intuitive and expressive. Can’t wait for the production model!
More info here: http://www.rogerlinndesign.com/previe…

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The heart of LinnStrument is a pressure-sensitive multi-touch surface scanned at high speed and resolution. Each touch is sensed in three dimensions with loudness controlled by pressure, pitch controlled by left-right movement and timbre controlled by forward-backward movement. We call this 3D Note Expression. It’s also polyphonic, with these three dimensions captured independently and simultaneously for all fingers. With this level of subtle control, you’ll find little use for envelope generators or LFOs because your finger movements do a better job of controlling a note’s envelope, vibrato, pitch slides, tremolo, bends and other musical gestures, just like on acoustic instruments. And because these three dimensions are sensed for each finger simultaneously, you can do things like performing a string quartet with four fingers.

DSI Prophet 12 ~ How to make YMO sound

November 5, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background video description:

I tried to make poly moog sound that YMO prof. Sakamoto used to use it.
Prophet 12 has a lot of special functions.
Especially the oscillator sound is good for vintage strings!

If you are not satisfied with your virtual analog synth to make vintage strings sound, I recommend to use Prophet 12 to you!!

That’s really great and maniac sound.
I really LOVE this machine.

坂本教授が使ってたPolymoogのサウンドに挑戦しました。
Prophet12は、特殊な機能が沢山あり、特にオシレータがヴィンテージ系のスト

­リングスサウンドにもってこい!

もしヴィンテージ系のストリングスサウンドを作るのに手持ちのヴァーチャルアナログシ­ンセで満足できなかったら、Prophet12をお勧めしまする!!

まじですごいマニアなサウンドですよん、ぼくはこのマシンLoveです。

nicolai maruhama

“Autumn” with Korg Radias, Analog four, the Machinedrum and Dave’s Mopho

October 21, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Autumn is on his way…
Wind and rain here on the North Netherlands coast … Its better to stay at home and make some music on the rhythm of the rain …

I try to make a special groovebeat with the powerful MD, best you can listen with a headphone for perfect stereo.
I play the Mopho (desktop) with the keys form the PEK and I make a sound on the great Radias.

I bought the Radias a few days ago, its a powerful dream-synth in newest condition and hardly used :-)

Soon more with the Radias…

Enjoy and grtz
FREELANDERRIDE

Dave Smith Instruments has introduced the Mopho SE synthesizer

October 16, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Dave Smith Instruments today introduced the Mopho SE – a new take on their monophonic Mopho synthesizer.The Mopho SE is based on the same architecture as the Mopho Keyboard, but it’s been updated with a larger 44-note keyboard and design that’s closer to the Prophet synths than the original Mopho.

The Mopho SE

The Mopho SE voice is composed of two analog oscillators, two sub octave generators, selectable 2- or 4-pole famed Curtis low-pass filter, three 5-stage envelope generators, four LFOs, a re-latchable arpeggiator, and a 16 x 4 step sequencer. Its voice also comes packed with 20 modulation sources and almost 50 destinations.

The SE’s full sized 44-note semi-weighted keyboard has aftertouch and velocity sensitivity. The sturdy full sized pitch and mod wheels are freely assignable.

You can expand the Mopho SE’s polyphony using it’s Poly Chain port. Mopho, Tetra, and Prophet ’08 can all be connected to the SE to increase its voice count.

Features:

  • 100% analog signal path
  • Two oscillators capable of producing sawtooth, triangle, saw/triangle, and variable pulse width square waves, with hard sync
  • Two sub-octave generators (one octave below oscillator 1 and two octaves below oscillator 2)
  • One classic Curtis low-pass filter (switchable 2- or 4-pole) with audio rate modulation, self-oscillating in 4-pole mode
  • Analog VCA
  • Three envelope generators (ADSR plus delay)
  • Feedback loop with programmable level and gain
  • White noise generator
  • 4 LFOs
  • Gated 16 x 4 step sequencer (one sequence per program)
  • Arpeggiator
  • Glide (portamento): separate rates per oscillator
  • Full-sized, 44-note (F to C), semi-weighted keyboard action with velocity and aftertouch
  • Full-sized modulation wheel and spring-loaded pitch wheel
  • Fully programmable with 3 banks of 128 user programs (384 total)

I/O

  • USB type B receptacle
  • MIDI In, Out/Thru, and Poly Chain
  • Left and Right audio outputs: 1/4″ phone jack (unbalanced)
  • Audio Input: 1/4″ phone jack (unbalanced)
  • Sustain pedal input (accepts normally on or off momentary footswitch with 1/4″ phone plug)
  • Expression pedal/control voltage (3.3 VDC max.) input (1/4″ TRS phone jack)
  • Headphone output: 1/4″ TRS stereo phone jack

Physical Specs

  • Dimensions: approximately 25.2″ L x 11.1″ W x 3.6″ H (64 cm x 28.2 cm x 9.1 cm)
  • Weight: 13.25 Lbs

Included

  • Power supply for 100V ? 240V AC operation
  • Operation manual
  • Free downloadable software editor for Mac OS and Windows

Pricing and Availability:

The Mopho SE is priced at $949 and is expected to ship at the end of October.

More info here >>

DSI Tempest as a 6-voice polysynth module

September 29, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

No effects added. Tempest stereo outputs to USB audio interface into ableton

This video takes a look at using the Dave Smith Instruments Tempest drum machine as a 6-voice polyphonic synth module.

The DSI Tempest is based on analog voices tailored to percussion, but the drum machine has a lot of synthesis capabilities that go beyond traditional drum synth sounds, as this video demonstrates.

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