by Robin Vincent | Approximate reading time: 1 Minute

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Dave Smith Instruments released the Prophet 08 in 2007. It’s become a modern classic, even outpacing the iconic Prophet 5 in terms of sales. The REV2 reimagines the Prophet 08 and improves and enhances everything they could think of.



It was twice the polyphony of the Prophet 08 and twice the modulation matrix. Waveshape modulation is available on all waveforms. Digital effects are available per layer in stacked or split voice mode. A fully polyphonic step sequencer rounds off the enhancements nicely.

The 16 voices let you play with as much sustain as you could wish for. Or you can split them into two 8-voice sounds, either stacked across the keyboard or doubled up for massive sounds.

The Curtis filters come straight from the Prophet 08, which were also used in vintage synths retaining the classic sound that shaped the 70’s and 80’s.

The waveshape modulation can vary the pulse width of any of the four waveforms. Either manually or with the LFO or other mod source for continuous tonal shifting. The Mod Matrix now has 8 individual slots and many more source/destinations than the 08.

The polyphonic step sequencer allows up to 64 steps and 6 notes per step. You can have a separate sequence for each of the two layers when working in stacked or split mode. It can also become a modulation source to generate 4 different 16-step sequences of movement.

Everything is available on a knob with 512 programs and 512 user destinations. The keyboard is 5 octaves, semi-weighted with aftertouch. It has a nice OLED display for parameter readout and even a USB interface for MIDI integration.


To top it all off you can even load in patches from the Prophet 08 and it will sound exactly the same.

For the full detailed specs head over to the DSI website.


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