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Dave Smith Instruments Prophet X Samples-Plus-Synthesis Hybrid Synth

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Description
The Next Evolution of the Prophet

The Prophet X is a potent fusion of samples-plus-synthesis and is Dave Smith’s most ground-breaking evolution of the Prophet yet. At its heart, it’s a bi-timbral, 8-voice-stereo (16-voice mono) synth with a newly developed sound engine that powers two simultaneous 16-bit, 48kHz sample-based instruments plus two high-resolution digital oscillators — all processed through analog filters. With 150 GB of internal samples from acclaimed sound developers 8Dio, and all of the powerful synthesis tools you’ve come to expect from Dave, the Prophet X has a musical voice uniquely its own.

Sample Engine

On the sample side of things, the Prophet X provides two independent, stereo, digitally sampled instruments per voice (4 in Stack or Split mode). The 150 GB of internal sample content was created by 8Dio, known for pioneering “deep sampling.” You’ll find a diverse collection of acoustic and electronic instruments as well as plenty of edgy ambient and cinematic effects. You can shape the samples through loop manipulation, sample stretching, and the Prophet X’s sound-sculpting modulation functions. Each sample instrument has its own Tone control for high-pass or low-pass filtering. Fifty gigabytes of additional internal storage is dedicated to importing external sample libraries. Support for user-created samples is planned for December 2018. Add-on sample packs are available from 8Dio on product release.

Synth Engine

On the synth side, the Prophet X gives you the power of a classic Prophet, with two high-resolution digital oscillators that feature both classic waveshapes and a supersaw for more timbral possibilities. Using the Shape Mod control, you can manually dial in a desired waveshape width for any of the classic sine, sawtooth, or pulse waves, or use an LFO or other mod source for continuously shifting timbre. You can shape the raw sounds with all of the classic synthesis functions you’d expect, including 4 syncable LFOs with slew and phase offset, 4 loopable five-stage envelope generators, and a 16-slot mod matrix with dozens of modulation sources and destinations.

Stereo Filters for Depth and Impact

At the heart of the Prophet X’s powerful sound are its new, 24 dB-per-octave resonant low-pass filters, which are based on a vintage design. There are separate filters in the left and right channels for a true stereo signal path. These add exceptional presence and fullness to both the samples and the oscillators. For additional polyphony, you can switch the Prophet X from 8-voice stereo mode to 16-voice mono mode, which is useful for stacks and splits.

Poly Step Sequencing

The polyphonic step sequencer provides up to 64 steps and up to 6 notes per step. You can create a different sequence for each layer if working in stacked or split voice mode, making it a powerful tool for composition or performance. Sequences can have ties and rests, and can sync to an external MIDI clock. The arpeggiator features note repeats, re-latching, and can be synced to external MIDI clock, as well.

Two Effects per Layer

A dual effects engine provides multiple reverbs, 2 delays (standard and BBD), chorus, phase shifter, flanger, vintage rotating speaker, high-pass filter, and distortion. In stacked or split voice mode, you can apply two different effects to each layer. Effects parameters can be modulated through the mod matrix.

Road-worthy and Studio-ready

With loads of sonic firepower and personality, a five-octave, premium-quality, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, an integrated power supply, MIDI USB support, and three crisp OLED displays, the Prophet X fits into any music rig or gig — in the studio or on the road.

Prophet X Specifications

SAMPLE PLAYBACK

2 multi-sampled stereo instruments per voice with editable sample start, sample end, loop size, and loop center, loop on/off, sample reverse, sample stretch, bit-rate reduction, and sample rate reduction

150 GB of factory-installed 16-bit, 48 kHz sampled instruments created by 8Dio. An additional 50 GB of samples can be added by purchasing additional sound libraries. User-sample import is planned for December, 2018.

OSCILLATORS

2 digital oscillators per voice with selectable sine, sawtooth, pulse, and supersaw waves. You can vary the shape of any of the waveshapes.

Glide (portamento): separate rates per oscillator; (samples can glide in Sample Stretch mode)

Hard sync

FILTERS

2 x analog 4-pole resonant low-pass filter per voice

Digital high-pass filter in Effects section

ENVELOPES

4 loopable, five-stage (ADSR plus delay) envelope generators: Filter, VCA, and two assignable

SEQUENCER

Polyphonic step sequencer with up to 64 steps (6 notes per step), and ties and rests.

AMPLIFIER ENVELOPE

Four-stage (ADSR) envelope generator

Velocity modulation of envelope amount

LOW FREQUENCY OSCILLATORS

4 LFO’s with key sync, phase offset, and slewing per LFO

Five wave shapes: triangle, sawtooth, reverse sawtooth, square, and random (sample and hold)

MODULATION

16-slot modulation matrix
28 sources
88 destinations
11 additional dedicated sources: mod wheel, pressure, velocity, breath controller, footswitch, LFO 1, LFO 2, LFO 3, LFO 4, Env 3, Env 4

ARPEGGIATOR

Fully-featured arpeggiator with up, down, up+down, random, assign modes
Selectable note value: 16th note, 8th note triplet, 8th note, dotted 8th note, quarter note
One, two, or three octave range
Re-latching arpeggiation
Note repeat

DIGITAL EFFECTS

2 digital effects on each layer
Stereo delay, BBD delay, chorus, flanger, phaser, vintage rotating speaker, distortion, high-pass filter, spring reverb, plate reverb

CLOCK
Master clock with tap tempo
BPM control and display
MIDI clock sync

PERFORMANCE CONTROLS
Full-sized, semi-weighted, 5-octave keyboard with velocity and channel (mono) aftertouch

Backlit pitch and mod wheels

Spring-loaded pitch wheel with selectable range per program (1 to 12 semitones up and down)

Transpose controls for an 8-octave range

Hold switch latches held notes on

Polyphonic glide (portamento)

Unison (monophonic) mode with configurable voice count
Images

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Technical Specifications
Type: Analog, Digital
Synthesis: ROM, Subtractive
Oscillators
Oscillators: 4
Waveforms: Pulse, ROM, Saw Down, Sine, Super Saw, Triangle
ROM Size: 150 GB
ROM Resolution: 16 bit, 48 kHz
Osc Modulation: After Touch, Envelope, Glide / Portamento, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel, Sequencer, Sync Hard, Velocity
Oscillator Notes:
2 x Synthesizer Oscillators
2 x Sampled Instruments
Sampling: 16 bit, 48 kHz, Loop, One Shot (Phrase), Multi-Sample
Sampling Notes:
+ 50 GB Sample RAM for users sounds.
+ User sampling option coming December 2018
+ Sampled instruments created by 8Dio.
+ Additional 8Dio instruments available.
Envelopes
Envelopes: 4
Evelope Paramerters: Delay, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, Looping
Filters
Filters: 3
Types: 24dB Slope (4-pole), High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Portamento, Sequencer
Filter Notes:
2 x Low pass analog
1 x High pass digital
LFO
LFO: 4
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Square, Triangle, Clocked, Key Sync, Phase
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 16 mono / 8 Stereo
Timbrality: 2
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Polyphonic
Patches
Patches RAM: 512
Multipatches RAM: 512
Storage: Internal, USB
Editing: USB
Arpeggiator
Modes: up, down, up+down, random, assign modes
Scales: 16th note, 8th note triplet, 8th note, dotted 8th note, quarter note
Effects
2 digital effects on each layer
Stereo delay, BBD delay, chorus, flanger, phaser, vintage rotating speaker, distortion, high-pass filter, spring reverb, plate reverb
Sequencer
Polyphonic step sequencer with up to 64 steps (6 notes per step), and ties and rests.
Case
Case: Keyboard
Keyboard: 61 keys, Semi-weighted, Plastic
Controls: Aftertouch, Velocity, Buttons, Knobs, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel, Pedal - Control, Pedal - Sustain, Pedal - Volume, Tempo Tap, Arpeggiator, Sequencer
Display Type: LCD, OLED
Dimensions (WxDxH): 38.44″ L x 13.53″ W x 4.13″ H (97.6 cm L x 34.3 cm W x 10.9 cm H)
Weight: 24 lbs
Connections
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo 2, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 6
MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU, USB
CV Ports: CV IN
DAC Bits: 16
DAC Frequency Rate: 48
Power: 120V AC IEC Connector
Production
Year Released: 2018

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.davesmithinstruments.com
Pricing
MSRP List Price: $3,999 - convert
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