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Dave Smith Instruments announces Pro 2 synthesizer

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Dave Smith Instruments has announced the Pro 2, a new monophonic synthesizer.

Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2

A hybrid instrument, the Pro 2 features four digital oscillators (plus sub-oscillator) with super saw waves and newly-designed, dual analog filters inspired by classic designs. The filters (one low-pass and one state-variable) can be run in series or parallel, with the state-variable filter providing low-pass, high-pass, and band-pass modes. Oscillators can be routed in pairs to either filter for a variety of tonal possibilities. “Our new analog filter design gives the Pro 2 a depth and presence that’s immediately recognizable,” said Smith. “It has a sound all its own—distinctly different from our other instruments such as the Prophet 12.”

The full-featured step sequencer operates in 32 x 8, or 16 x 16 mode and allows real-time input. It can sync to external MIDI clock and can also be driven by an external audio input. Sequences can control not only oscillator pitch, but any parameter in the Pro 2’s extensive modulation matrix. It supports both rests and variable-length sequences.

Another notable feature of the Pro 2 is its 4 rear-panel control voltage inputs and outputs, which make it compatible with modular synths. The control voltages can be assigned and routed from within the modulation matrix and can run at audio rates for extreme modulation effects. “A primary goal was to make the Pro 2 as open-ended and flexible as possible,” said Smith. “The four control voltage ins and outs really open up a world of interfacing possibilities with other gear. You could almost call the Pro 2 our own mini-modular.”

Smith says that the surprises don’t end there: “A very cool bonus features is that even though we designed it primarily as a very powerful mono synth, it’s actually 4-voice paraphonic—you can play 4 notes simultaneously, if you want to. Add in the super waves, and you’ve got a very big sound.” In paraphonic operation, the 4 individual voices share a common filter and envelopes. Paraphony has gained popularity in recent years and was found in such vintage instruments as the ARP 2600 and ARP Odyssey, which were duophonic.

The feature set of the Pro 2 is rounded out with a multimode arpeggiator; 4 stereo, multi-tap delays with analog modeling; 4 LFOs; tuned feedback; analog distortion; Character controls with sound sculpting options such as Drive, Hack, Decimation, Girth, and Air; and extensive modulation possibilities. The LFOs, delay, and arpeggiator can be synced to either the internal clock or an external MIDI clock. Two programmable position- and pressure-sensitive touch sliders and pitch and mod wheels provide nuanced control over live performance.

“Right now there’s a trend of reissuing classic synths from the past. People have been asking for a reissue of the old Sequential Pro-One for quite a while. But as a synth designer, I’m happiest creating new instruments—synths that with every iteration put more power and better sounds into the hands of musicians. The Pro 2 is light years beyond the Pro-One in every way. It’s the most powerful mono synth I’ve ever made. You’ve got to keep moving forward.”

The Pro 2 is scheduled to start shipping late July with a street price of $1,999 USD.

More information: Dave Smith Instruments / Pro 2

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Boxed Ear releases “P12″ sound bank for Prophet 12

Boxed Ear has announced the release of P12, a sound bank featuring 99 brand new electronica sounds for the Prophet 12 keyboard and Prophet 12 module from Dave Smith Instruments.

Boxed Ear P12 for DSI Propher 12

The Prophet 12 is the current flagship of the Dave Smith Instruments range, and Dave has said himself that it is his finest ever synthesizer.

In this sound bank, you’ll find luscious pads, classic lead sounds, wavetable plucks, vintage stacks, evolving soundscapes and complex arpeggios. Every patch is programmed to sound warm and organic and inspire you not just to make great music, but to enjoy playing your synthesizer. Don’t take our word for it, check out the 36 minute audio demo on soundcloud.

P12 features

  • 99 brand new sounds delivered in MIDI sysex format and SoundTower Editor format.
  • Detailed instructions for installing are included in the download package.
  • Compatible with all Prophet 12 models including the Prophet 12 keyboard and Prophet 12 module.

P12 is available for purchase for $33 USD / 25 EUR / £21 GBP inc. VAT.

More information: Boxed Ear / P12

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Sunsine Audio releases Two By Four for DSI Tetra, Mopho & Prophet 08

Sunsine Audio Two By Four

Sunsine Audio has released Two By Four, a soundset featuring 128 presets for the DSI Tetra, Mopho, and Prophet 08 synthesizers.

Each preset makes of full use of the modulation wheel. Featuring more analog leads, basses, keys, and pads!

In addition, Sunsine Audio is providing a free fully functional Reaktor editor for Tetra (will also work with Mopho and Prophet 08), that allows users to save presets as snapshots, eases integration with a desktop DAW, and delivers a stable (and fun!) environment to cultivate your own sounds without menu diving. Native Instruments Reaktor is required to use this extra.

Two By Four features

  • 128 presets (Compatible with DSI Tetra, Mopho, and Prophet 08).
  • 1 Full Bank.
  • 3 .syx (Sysex) files (one for each synth).
  • 1 Reaktor Tetra Editor ensemble.
  • Installation Instructions.

The soundset is available to purchase for $6.99 USD.

More information: Sunsine Audio / Two By Four

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Homegrown Sounds releases Sequlation for DSI Evolver

Homegrown Sounds Sequlation for DSI Evolver

Homegrown Sounds has announced the release of Sequlation, a soundset for the DSI Evolver synthesizer.

Sequlation is a set of 128 Presets for the Dave Smith Instruments Evolver with the intention of providing a professional & creative set of musically useful Sequences. The Evolver can be a wild beast capable of extreme insanity, this collection sets out to prove it also has a calmer musical side, but of course each preset can easily be coaxed back to the brink if you so wish. The Sequences cover a broad spectrum of styles, and are also excellent starting points for adapting to your own style. Aftertouch and Mod Wheel assignments are used throughout for real time manipulation.

3 different Sysex files are provided of the Bank which use either Sequence Mode, Gate Re-trigger Mode or Gate Mode respectively depending on which mode you prefer. The Bank will be loaded into Bank B, so be sure to backup your old bank first if uploading directly. It can be uploaded to the Evolver using your usual method such as Midi-Ox or the Sound Tower application etc…

The soundset is available to purchase for the introductory price of $20 USD until April 2nd, 2014 (regular $35 USD).

More information: Homegrown Sounds / Sequlation

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codeKnobs releases DSI Tetra Program Editor VST

codeKnobs has launched DSI Tetra Program Editor VST, a software editor for the Tetra hardware synthesizer by Dave Smith Instruments.

codeKnobs DSI Tetra Program Editor VST

DSI Tetra Program Editor VST features

  • Full Tetra parameter control in program mode.
  • Real-time editing and VST plugin automation.
  • Load and Save programs to Hard drive and Tetra.
  • Store and Restore Tetra programs in VST host tracks.

The editor is available for Windows and Mac (VST), priced at $29.99 USD.

More information: codeKnobs / DSI Tetra Program Editor VST

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Dave Smith Instruments ships Prophet 12 Module

Dave Smith Instruments has announced that its twelve-voice hybrid digital/analog Prophet 12 Module is now shipping.

DSI Prophet 12 Module

“We have had many requests from professional musicians for a small, easily portable version of the Prophet 12 keyboard, with all the same features and incredible sound,” says Smith. “The new Prophet 12 module is just that: it has all the power of the Prophet 12 keyboard — in fact, it has the exact same voice board — and it fits into a backpack.”

All those powerful Prophet 12 module parameters are easily editable via a well-thought-through front panel perfectly fit for purpose. “People like small these days,” declares its astute architect. “Many musicians also have more than enough keyboards, or simply don’t use keyboards. The Prophet 12 module offers a sleek design that still gives you easy and incredibly fast and intuitive control over all parameters.”

The Prophet 12 module is avaialble to purchase for MAP $2,199.00 USD.

More information: Dave Smith Instruments / Prophet 12 Module

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Boxed Ear updates TQS: Magnetic Fields for DSI Evolver

Boxed Ear TQS Magnetic Fields

Boxed Ear has announced an update to the TQS: Magnetic Fields sound bank for the Dave Smith Instruments Evolver series.

In the spirit of the holiday season, Boxed Ear are releasing an update, increasing the number of patches to 256 (previously 128). That’s two banks of great synth sounds for the same great price as before. Existing owners get the update free.

The Evolver is a modern classic. Digital wavetables mix with analog oscillators, filters, sequencers, LFOs and delays to create a powerful yet vintage sounding synthesizer that stand up there with the greats.

Included in the soundset are 128 fresh sounds, compatible with any Evolver. Every sound has been designed with one thing in mind, playability. Organics leads, vintage basses, luscious evolving pads and otherworldly atmospheres are all designed to be expressive and musical.

TQS: Magnetic Fields costs $33 USD / 25 EUR / £21 GBP inc. VAT.

More information: Boxed Ear / TQS: Magnetic Fields

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