The Prophet REV2 keyboard was released at NAMM in January and was billed as being twice the synth of the Prophet 08 that preceded it. The Prophet REV 2 Desktop is the more compact and slightly more pocket-friendly version that will look fabulous on anyone’s desk, table, bench, altar or simply on the floor.
Prophet REV2 Desktop
This has everything the keyboard version has… without the keyboard. The same 16 voices that can be split into 2 complete 8-voice synthesizers. The same Curtis filters from the Prophet 08 and earlier models. The waveshape modulation that can vary the pulse width of any of the 4 waveforms either manually or via LFO. The effects per layer are all there, as is the extended modulation matrix with 8 slots for the many sources and destinations. The 64 step polyphonic sequencer is just as impressive. So I think I’ve laboured the point enough that this is the same as the keyboard version while cleverly mentioning all the REV2 highlights. Oh, and all the knobs have a single function.
This looks like a wonderful synthesizer that draws our attention back to the higher end of things. The Novation Peak is a remarkable device but this is simply something else. The look of it is so…. Prophet. Maybe it’s all in those knobs, but there’s something about the clarity of layout, the use of space and efficient design that radiates competence and quality.
I’m told that the REV2 Desktop will be in the shops in October and will cost $1799. I’m also told that there will be an 8-voice version available for a Novation Peak busting $1299. There’s no mention of that on the website as yet, however.
More information can be found on the Dave Smith Instruments website.
If you want a taste of the sounds then here’s the video from the keyboard version: