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Dave Smith Instruments intros Prophet 12 Module

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Dave Smith Instruments has announced the Prophet 12 Module, a space-saving tabletop and rack-ready reworking of its recently released Prophet 12 keyboard hybrid digital/analog synthesizer.

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.”

Just like its Prophet 12 keyboard counterpart, the twelve-voice hybrid digital/analog Prophet 12 module not only boasts the greatest number of voices of any instrument from the distinguished designer to date, but each of those voices features four OSCILLATORS capable of generating classic and complex waveforms, a sub-oscillator (Sub Octave), analog resonant LOW-PASS FILTER and analog HIGH-PASS FILTER, and analog VOLTAGE CONTROLLED AMPLIFIER. Additional features include a tuned FEEDBACK path, a four-tap stereo DELAY per voice, expanded ARPEGGIATOR functionality, deep MODULATION capabilities, bi-timbral operation, and much more besides. The CHARACTER section adds a variety of out of the ordinary wave-shaping and sound-sculpting options like Girth (low shelf filtering that boosts low frequencies, with some extra harmonic modification at higher settings), Air (high shelf filtering that boosts high frequencies, with some extra harmonic modification at higher settings), Hack (reduces the bit depth of the mixed output from the oscillators), Decimation (reduces the sample rate of the mixed output from the oscillators), and Drive (emulates tape saturation).

Despite its comparatively diminutive dimensions, the back panel I/O of the Prophet 12 module matches that of the Prophet 12 keyboard in almost all aspects — apart from featuring an external power supply in the interests of making it as compact and portable as possible. Headphones, Main/A Outputs, B Outputs, MIDI Thru, MIDI Out, MIDI In, Pedal 1, Pedal 2, Sustain, and USB connectivity are all present and accounted for, making musical communication with the outside world a breeze.

Be prepared to be blown away by the Prophet 12 module. It won’t break backpacks, but packs more than enough power into its easily carried form factor to meet the needs of modern music makers and savvy sound designers — wherever they take it.

The Prophet 12 Module has an MAP of $2,199.00 USD and can be purchased from any authorized Dave Smith Instruments dealer.

More information: Dave Smith Instruments / Prophet 12 Module

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Goldbaby releases DFS Blue synth instrument for Kontakt & EXS-24

Goldbaby DFS Blue

Goldbaby has launched DFS Blue, a virtual synthesizer instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt and Logic EXS-24.

Goldbaby is a huge fan of hybrid analog/digital synths. This pack was lovingly sampled from some of these amazing instruments: PPG Wave 2.2, DSI Prophet 12, Ensoniq SQ80, Kawai K3m, Mutable Instruments Shruthi-1 and the Oto Biscuit (Der Oto). 1.5 GB of samples lovingly recorded through high end studio equipment.

The EXS24 version has plenty of patches and these patches can be edited further using EXS-24 extensive synth like controls.

The Kontakt version has a very useful GUI with plenty of synth controls to customize the sounds and also has a great little sequencer!

DFS Blue features

  • 264 patches for EXS-24 / Kontakt 5.
  • 2021 wav samples (24 bit, 1.5 GB).
  • Kontakt version includes custom GUI with synth controls & sequencer.
  • Requires Logic Pro 9.1 or higher, Kontakt 5 full version.

The sample library is available to purchase for $49 USD.

More information: Goldbaby / DFS Blue

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Dave Smith Instruments announces Mopho Special Edition Keyboard

Dave Smith Instruments has introduced a special edition of the Mopho Keyboard, its popular monophonic analog synthesizer.

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho SE

“The Mopho family of instruments has been ground-breaking for us and for our customers in terms of value,” said DSI’s Andrew McGowan. “And I think it’s pretty apparent from the way the industry responded that we were on to something with smaller, more affordable, but full-featured instruments, whether modules or keyboards. But there is no typical synthesizer user and we’ve gotten feedback from customers who loved the synth’s sound and features, but who wanted an instrument with a larger keyboard. Now there is one.”

The Mopho SE (special edition) sports an expanded, full-sized, 44-note, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity sensitivity and aftertouch. The larger keyboard facilitates certain playing techniques—like smears for synth bass lines—and is more appropriate for use as a MIDI controller both onstage and in the studio. Even with the additional octave of keys, it’s still just a little more than 25 inches long and its trim profile and light weight make it ideal for gigging. And, like the other Mopho Keyboards, the polyphony can be expanded with the addition of a DSI Tetra or another Mopho synth.

The front panel artwork is now screen printed directly onto the Mopho SE’s sturdy metal enclosure. And it features a full complement of the Prophet 12’s great looking, and even better feeling, soft-touch knobs.

“A lot of synths in this price range have to cut corners to hit a price point; the Mopho SE takes a no compromise approach. As a family of products, these instruments offer great sound and a lot of bang for the buck to a wide variety of players,” concluded McGowan. “There’s a Mopho for just about every synth need.”

The Mopho SE will be shipping by the end of October with a projected MAP of $949 USD.

More information: Dave Smith Instruments / Mopho SE

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Sound Pack Flyer intros Future Classic Kicks Vol. 1

Aion Library Future Classic Kicks Vol 1

Sound Pack Flyer has announced the release of Future Classic Kicks Vol. 1, a sample pack featuring drum kicks by Aion Library.

This professional kick-drum kit contains 5,020 kick drum samples -mono and stereo-, 48kHz. / 24 bits. Hand-crafted from the DSI Tempest analog drum machine, these samples were then recorded with parallel processing techniques through high-end valves and compressors.

With immense selection, at an extremely affordable price, this kit is your solution to happy, thick electronic kicks. (This will probably be your foundation of dance, EDM, and house kicks for a LONG TIME!).

The sample pack is on sale for $17 USD for two weeks (regular $23.95 USD).

More information: Sound Pack Flyer / Future Classic Kicks Vol. 1

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Boxed Ear releases TQS: Magnetic Fields for Evolver

Boxed Ear TQS Magnetic Fields

Boxed Ear has announced the release of TQS: Magnetic Fields, a soundset for Dave Smith Instruments Evolver series, featuring 128 brand new sounds for the Evolver synthesizer.

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 features

  • 128 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 Evolver models including the Poly Evolver Keyboard, Evolver Desktop, Mono Evolver Keyboard and Poly Evolver Rack.

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

More information: Boxed Ear / TQS: Magnetic Fields

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Dave Smith Instruments intros Prophet 12 synthesizer

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Dave Smith Instruments has introduced the Prophet 12, a new polyphonic synthesizer.

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12

Dave Smith unveils the Prophet 12 at the 2013 NAMM Show.

“After 35 years of creating synths, this is simply my best synth yet,” said Smith. “We sort of started from scratch on this one rather than spinning off another product from our previous designs.”

At twelve voices, the Prophet 12 boasts the greatest polyphony of any instrument designed by Smith. Each voice features four oscillators capable of generating classic and complex waveforms, a sub-oscillator, resonant analog low- and high-pass filters, and analog VCAs. The new Character section adds a variety of wave shaping and sound sculpting options, like Drive, Hack, Decimation, Girth, and Air. Additional features include a tuned feedback path, a four-tap stereo delay per voice, expanded arpeggiator functionality, deep modulation capabilities, and bi-timbral operation. The LFOs, delay, and arpeggiator can all be synced, either to the internal clock or an external MIDI clock. Two programmable position- and pressure-sensitive touch sliders take the performance controls beyond the standard pitch and mod wheels (also included).

“We’re already blown away by the sonic breadth of this synthesizer’s new voice architecture,” Smith continued. “It doesn’t sound like anything else and I’m very excited for people to hear it.”

The Prophet 12 is expected to be available Q2 of 2013 with a projected MAP of $2,999 USD.

More information: Dave Smith Instruments / Prophet 12

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reKon Audio releases VST-AU Mopho KB Editor

reKon Audio has released the VST-AU Mopho KB Editor, a real-time MIDI Synth Editor that allows you full control of every parameter of the sound on the Dave Smith Instruments (DSI) Mopho™ keyboard synthesizer.

reKon Audio Mopho KB Editor
Manage the patches and parameters of your Mopho Keyboard with the Mopho KB Editor.

With it, you can view, manage and edit all your patches with detail on the computer, visually. All parameters are fully automatable and you can even use your favorite VST or AU Host (see product web page for current Host support), giving you the ability to visually program the Mopho to your music via the Host sequencer.

This ability to model your Synth Patches in real-time, inside your main music production environment is part of what makes the VST-AU Mopho KB Editor™ unique when compared to other hardware Synth Editors. If you don’t need or use a DAW Host, you can still manage the Patches with the Standalone version.

The Mopho KB Editor is available to purchase for $69.95 USD.

More information: reKon audio / VST-AU Mopho KB Editor

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