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Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2


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One Voice to Rule Them All

The Pro 2 is Dave Smith’s flagship mono synth, and as Dave himself puts it, his “most powerful mono synth ever.” The Pro 2 shares the same exceptional ergonomics and playability as its 12-voice sibling, the Prophet 12, but carves out distinctly different sonic territory with an all-new dual analog filter architecture, a monster step sequencer, superwaves, digital bucket-brigade delay, and a lot more. Nothing else sounds like it and nothing else performs like it. It raises the bar for monosynths and redefines the word “fat.”

A New Classic for a New Generation

The Pro 2 is a fusion of classic analog synthesizer design and cutting-edge digital technology. It boasts four high-resolution digital oscillators, plus a sub oscillator. The oscillators produce both classic and complex wave shapes and can frequency and amplitude modulate each other in any operator and modulator configurations you choose for harmonically-rich FM and AM sounds. A set of Character controls adds high and low frequency boost, bit and sample rate reduction, and tape saturation emulation to the Pro 2’s sonic palette.

Two New Filters Based on Vintage Designs

At the heart of the Pro 2’s gutsy sound is its all-new dual filter design. Filter 1 is a 4-pole low-pass design inspired by the original Prophet-5 filter. Filter 2 is a state-variable design inspired by the Oberheim SEM and can be continuously varied between low-pass, notch, and high-pass operation, with an optional band-pass mode. The two filters function in either serial or parallel, or anywhere in between. Two of the four oscillators can be routed through Filter 1 with the other two routed through Filter 2 for a broad range of tonal possibilities.

Advanced Sequencing

One of the most exciting features of the Pro 2 is its sequencer—possibly the most powerful step sequencer ever designed for a synth. With up to 32 steps and 16 tracks, it provides real-time input, rests, and variable-length sequences. It also syncs to MIDI clock and external audio input. Sequence tracks can control any parameter in the Pro 2’s extensive modulation matrix.

Plays Well with Modulars

The Pro 2’s flexible architecture opens the door to not only processing external audio, but also to interfacing with modular synths through its 4 rear-panel control voltage inputs and outputs and a dedicated gate output. Control voltages can be assigned and routed from within the modulation matrix and can run at audio rates for extreme modulation effects. Some of the many parameters that can be sent to the CV outputs include oscillators, LFOs, envelopes, and sequencer tracks, making the Pro 2 a natural choice for the center of your studio or live setup.

Delays, Envelopes, LFOs, Arpeggiator, and a Multitude of Modulation

The Pro 2’s delay section provides three digital delays with pan, and high-pass and low-pass filtering controls. A fourth delay is a digital bucket-brigade delay (BBD) for analog-style effects. There are four loopable five-stage envelope generators, four syncable LFOs with slew and phase offset, a full-featured arpeggiator, and a sixteen slot modulation matrix with dozens of modulation sources and destinations.

Monophonic by Design, Paraphonic by Choice

The Pro 2 was designed primarily as a super-powerful monosynth, but it’s also a true, four-voice paraphonic synth that allows you to control each of its four oscillators individually with their own envelope. This makes playing four-note chords not only possible, but very expressive.

Package all of this power in a three-and-a-half octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, add two backlit pitch and mod wheels and two location and pressure sensitive touch sliders, and you’ve got one of the most feature-rich, awe-inspiring synthesizers ever created.
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Technical Specifications
Type: Analog, Digital
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators: 4
Waveforms: Pink Noise, Pulse, Pulse Variable, Saw Down, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Sub Oscillator, Super Saw, Triangle, White Noise
Osc Modulation: After Touch, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Glide / Portamento, Ribbon, Sequencer, Sync Hard, Velocity
Oscillator Notes:
4 digital oscillators with superwaves and continuous waveshape morph plus a sub oscillator.
Envelopes: 5
Evelope Paramerters: Delay, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, Looping
Filters: 2
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Notch, Resonance, Serial, Parallel
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Velocity
Filter Notes:
Analog Filters
4-pole Prophet-5 style filter
2-pole Oberheim SEM filter
Split 1-2 Oscillators to Filter 1, 3-4 to Filter 2.
LFO: 4
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Clocked, Key Sync
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 4
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono, Paraphonic
Patches
Patches RAM: 396
Patches ROM: 396
Storage: Internal, USB
Editing: MIDI, USB
Arpeggiator
Sophisticated arpeggiator with up, down, up+down, random, assign modes
Syncs to MIDI clock and external audio and CV inputs
Re-latching arpeggiation
Effects
4 delay engines
Harmonic excitement
Stereo Analog Distortion
Tuned Feedback
Sequencer
Advanced step sequencer with two modes: 16 steps x 16 tracks or 32 steps x 8 tracks.
Supports real-time input, rests, and variable-length sequences.
Syncs to MIDI clock and external audio and CV input.
Sequences can control not only oscillator pitch but any parameter in the modulation matrix.
Case
Case: Keyboard
Keyboard: 49 keys, Semi-weighted, Plastic
Controls: Aftertouch, Knobs, Mod - Wheel, Mod - Wheel 2, Modulation 1/4" Jacks, Pitch -Wheel, Mod - Ribbon, Pedal - Sustain, Velocity, Pedal - Volume
Display Notes: OLED 256 x 64 display
Dimensions (WxDxH): 29.2″ L x 12.8″ W x 4.15″ H / 74.2 cm x 32.5 cm x 10.5 cm
Weight: 18.7 lbs. / 8.5 kg
Connections
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Notes: The architecture is mono, made stereo only by the 4 delays
Inputs: Mono
MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU, OUT/THRU
CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT, Gate Out
Control Features: IN / OUT / THRU
DAC Bits: 24
DAC Frequency Rate: 48
Power: 120 V AC
Production
Year Released: 2014
Design Notes:

Designed by Dave Smith.
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Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.davesmithinstruments.com
Pricing
MSRP List Price: $2199 - convert
Retail Street Price: $2000 - convert
Used Price: $1800 - convert
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