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REV2 16-voice Analog Poly Synthesizer

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Description
A Modern Classic Reinvented

The REV2 is Dave Smith’s reimagining of his Prophet ’08 poly synth — a modern classic that has appeared on countless recordings and stages since its debut in 2007. As Dave puts it, “The REV2 is the realization of our effort to enhance and improve everything we could about the original design — all at a more accessible price.”

The REV2 retains all of the key features of the Prophet ’08 and expands on them. It has twice the polyphony, twice the mod matrix, waveshape modulation on all waveforms, digital effects per layer in stacked or split voice mode, a polyphonic step sequencer per layer, and more. The result is a true analog powerhouse.

Best of all, you can download any of the many existing libraries of Prophet ’08 sounds and they will not only sound identical, but can be enhanced with the new features.

16-Voice Polyphony

With 16 voices to play with, you have the freedom to allocate them as you wish. Play two-fisted chords, stack two 8-voice sounds for massive, complex textures, or split the keyboard into two completely separate 8-voice instruments.

Bold Sound

The REV2 gets its bold, punchy sound from its 2/4 pole, low-pass, resonant Curtis filters per voice. These are the same filters used not only in the Prophet ’08, but in many classic instruments of the 70’s and 80’s. A separate Audio Mod control adds additional harmonic complexity and movement.

Waveshape Modulation

A powerful new feature unique to the REV2 is waveshape modulation. You can now vary the “pulse width” of any of the four waveforms (sawtooth, saw+tri, triangle, square). Using the Shape Mod control, you can manually dial in a desired waveshape width or use an LFO or other mod source for continuously shifting timbre. Even single-oscillator sounds take on new depth and dimension. The tonal possibilities are vast.

Effects Per Layer

The effects section provides reverb, delays (standard and BBD), chorus, phase shifter, ring modulation, and distortion. In stacked or split voice mode, you can apply a different effect to each layer. Effects parameters can be modulated through the Mod Matrix.

Extended Mod Matrix

Also present from its predecessor is an easy-to-assign Mod Matrix, now twice as big, with 8 individual slots and many more sources/destinations. It’s a veritable sound designer’s playground.

Poly Step Sequencing

The polyphonic step sequencer allows up to 64 steps and up to 6 notes per step. You can create a different sequence for each layer when you are working in stacked or split voice mode, making it a powerful tool for composition or performance. The sequencer also functions as a modulation source in gated mode, allowing you to create up to 4 different 16-step sequences for complex modulation. Sequences allow 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.

Per-Knob Programmability

The knob-per-function front panel offers instant access to REV2 functions. Included are 512 permanent factory programs and 512 rewritable user programs.

Eminently Playable

All of this polyphonic power is packed into a five-octave, premium-quality, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch. Other road-worthy features include an integrated power supply, USB support, and a crisp OLED display, making the REV2 an ideal instrument for gigging or recording, and an analog powerhouse like no other.
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Technical Specifications
Type: Analog, Digital
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators
Oscillators: 2
Waveforms: Pulse Variable, Saw Up, Square, Triangle, White Noise
Osc Modulation: After Touch, Envelope, Glide / Portamento, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel, Sequencer, Sync Hard, Velocity
Oscillator Notes:
+ Analog oscillators
+ Digitally controlled
+ Waveshape modulation
Envelopes
Envelopes: 3
Evelope Paramerters: Delay, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, Looping
Envelope Notes::
+ ENV looping
Filters
Filters: 1
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Velocity
Filter Notes:
+ Curtis filter circuit
LFO
LFO: 4
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Square, Triangle, Clocked, Key Sync
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 16
Timbrality: 2
Tuning: Micro, Standard
Modes: Polyphonic, Split, Unison
Patches
Patches RAM: 256
Storage: Internal, USB
Arpeggiator
+ Modes: up, down, up+down, random, assign
Effects
+ reverb
+ delays standard and BBD
+ chorus
+ phase shifter
+ ring modulation
+ distortion.
Sequencer
+ polyphonic
+ 16 x 4 gated step sequencer
Case
Case: Keyboard
Keyboard: 61 keys, Non-weighted, Plastic
Controls: Velocity, Buttons, Knobs, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel, Pedal - Volume, Sequencer
Display Type: LCD, OLED, Backlit
Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.70″ (32.26 cm) W x 35.12″ (89.20 cm) L x 3.80″ (9.65 cm) H (2.30″ at front edge; the feet account for 0.25″ of the total height)
Weight: 20.5 lbs. / 9.3 kg
Connections
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo 2, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 4
MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU, USB
CV Ports: CV IN
Power: 13-15 VDC, 600 mA
Production
Year Released: 2017
Design Notes:

Design by Dave Smith

Designed to be a successor to the Prophet ’08. The REV2 features two DCOs per voice and Curtis filters at the heart of its sound engine, but boasts a number of significant enhancements designed to make it more powerful. As Dave Smith puts it, “The Prophet ’08 has been a real road warrior for 10 years now and people still love it. But we felt it was time to update it with new technology and new features and, at the same time, lower its cost.” Smith continued: “The REV2 is essentially the result of our effort to enhance and improve everything we could about the original Prophet ’08 and, in many cases, double its power.

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.davesmithinstruments.com
Pricing
MSRP List Price: $2,199 - convert
Retail Street Price: $1,999 - convert
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