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Dave Smith Instruments Prophet Rev 2

Polyphonic Synthesizer
Published December 2017
By Gordon Reid

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet Rev 2

The Rev 2’s attractive feature set and inviting price tag could make it the most popular Prophet yet.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nine years since DSI reintroduced the Prophet name to a world crying out for recreations rather than digital emulations of classic analogue synths. Looking back, the chattering classes had significant misgivings when DSI did so, but the Prophet 08 won over many (although, if we’re honest, not all) of the doubters, and paved the way for the Prophet 12 and the Pro 2, the Prophet 6 and the OB-6, all of which have offered different flavours of hybrid analogue/digital synthesis. I’ve reviewed all of these, comparing them with their ancestors — the Prophet 600, the Prophet 5, the Pro One and even the Oberheim 4-Voice — and, without exception, I’ve been impressed. So today’s question is, will the Prophet Rev 2 be another good’un?

The Voicing

The Rev 2 keyboard and its desktop module are each supplied in two versions: an eight-voice model and an otherwise identical 16-voice model, and you can upgrade the former to the latter using the Rev 2 Expander Kit. Both versions are bi-timbral, allowing you to create a separate sound, each with its own effect, arpeggio and sequence, in Layers A and B of each Program. These can then be layered or positioned either side of a user-defined split point. For the smaller model, layering reduces the polyphony to four notes while, for the larger, it’s reduced to eight notes, as you would expect. You can audition and edit either Layer individually or while listening to the composite sound, and copy or swap Layers within a Program. Initially, you couldn’t copy sounds from one Program into another, but this was corrected in v1.0.7.2 of the OS. If you switch off Layer B, then Layer A is played with the instrument’s full polyphony.

Each voice offers two detunable, mixable DCOs with optional key sync (which initialises the waveform when you press the key) and the ability...

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Published December 2017