Dave Smith Instruments has announced that its Prophet 12 Module is now shipping.
“We have had many requests from professional musicians for a small, easily portable version of the Prophet 12 keyboard, with all the same features and incredible sound,” says Smith. “The new Prophet 12 module is just that: it has all the power of the Prophet 12 keyboard – in fact, it has the exact same voice board – and it fits into a backpack.”
“People like small these days,” adds Smith. “Many musicians also have more than enough keyboards, or simply don’t use keyboards. The Prophet 12 module offers a sleek design that still gives you easy and incredibly fast and intuitive control over all parameters.”
Lke its keyboard counterpart, the twelve-voice hybrid digital/analog Prophet 12 module not only boasts the greatest number of voices of any instrument from the distinguished designer to date, but each of those voices features four oscillators, capable of generating classic and complex waveforms, a sub-oscillator (Sub Octave), resonant low-pass filter and high-pass filter, and analog VCA.
Additional features include a tuned FEEDBACK path, a four-tap stereo DELAY per voice, expanded ARPEGGIATOR functionality, deep MODULATION capabilities, bi-timbral operation, and much more besides.
The CHARACTER section adds a variety of out of the ordinary wave-shaping and sound-sculpting options, like:
- Girth (low shelf filtering that boosts low frequencies, with some extra harmonic modification at higher settings);
- Air (high shelf filtering that boosts high frequencies, with some extra harmonic modification at higher settings);
- Hack (reduces the bit depth of the mixed output from the oscillators);
- Decimation (reduces the sample rate of the mixed output from the oscillators); and
- Drive (emulates tape saturation).
The back panel I/O of the Prophet 12 module matches that of the Prophet 12 keyboard in almost all aspects – apart from featuring an external power supply in the interests of making it as compact and portable as possible. Headphones, Main/A Outputs, B Outputs, MIDI Thru, MIDI Out, MIDI In, Pedal 1, Pedal 2, Sustain, and USB connectivity are all available.
The Prophet 12 module has an MAP of US $2,199 and can be purchased from any authorized Dave Smith Instruments dealer. See the DSI site for more info.
At the NAMM 2014, wecaught up with pioneer synthesizer design and engineer Dave Smith of Dave Smith Instruments. He was generous enough to give us a rundown of his latest electronic music equipment, the Prophet 12 Module, a powerful desktop version of the Prophet 12. It’s one of the best sounding synths we have heard in recent years.
Dave Smith demonstrates the new Prophet 12 desktop from Dave Smith Instruments at NAMM 2014.
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
Francis Preve has released a free instrument for Ableton Live, based on Dave Smith’s new Prophet 12 synthesizer.
Here’s what Preve has to say about the free Live instrument:
Dave Smith’s Prophet 12 is one of the most buzzworthy keyboards of 2013. It’s arguably the deepest analog-hybrid polysynth ever released – and since all of my previous packs have used single note samples, I decided to create a pack entirely from chord stabs.
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.
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…
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.
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.
Exploring filter modulation on the Prophet, details below:
I was able to to borrow a Prophet 12 recently. Since it has analog filters, I thought it might be interesting to do “analog things” to it. This is part of what happened next.
At first I was disappointed when I saw that there were no CV connections, but I soon found that the two pedal inputs can be used with a variety of CV gear.
In this video I have the Koushion Step Sequencer iPad app sending MIDI notes to the Moog Mult-Pedal. The Multi-Pedal converts them to an analog control Voltage which step-sequences the Prophet 12’s filter.
The Moog CP-251 allows us to make multiple copies of the Control Voltage so we can also step-sequence a Moog Voyager and Little Phatty. Learn more at www.experimentalsynth.com
Here is ‘hayeye’s 99 patches on Dave Smith Prophet 12.
DOWNLOADABLE FOR FREE on www.noisecollective.net forum in NSPA section after registration.
Sorry for low quality due the old iMac cam and video compression.