NAMM 2013 – Dave Smith Instruments new Prophet 12

DSI Prophet 12

Press Release:

Dave Smith Instruments Unveils Prophet 12 at NAMM
All New Polyphonic Synthesizer From Master Synth Designer

ANAHEIM, Calif.—January 24, 2013—Dave Smith Instruments today introduced a new polyphonic synthesizer, 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. View a video demo of the Prophet 12 at www.davesmithinstruments.com. Price and specifications subject to change.

Launched in 2002, Dave Smith Instruments is helmed by legendary musical instrument designer and Grammy® award winner Dave Smith. Dave’s many accomplishments include the creation of the Prophet-5—the world’s first fully programmable polyphonic synthesizer—and his legacy as the primary driving force behind MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface).

Dave Smith Instruments’ products are used by an ever-increasing roster of well-known musicians and are available from music retailers worldwide. Instruments include the versatile analog/digital hybrid Evolver synthesizers and the Tempest analog drum machine. Dave Smith Instruments is based in San Francisco, where the instruments are also manufactured. For more information, visit www.davesmithinstruments.com.

Watch Dave demoing the new Prophet-12.

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4 thoughts on “NAMM 2013 – Dave Smith Instruments new Prophet 12

  1. What can the others brand at NAMM do now?
    Just go back to their homes, sad to be behind DSI ?
    I mean… just the specs. They send me to heaven. 4 oscs ! Character section ! 12 voices !
    I don’t know if I have to be ashamed to be this happy for a product I’ll never own :D

    • DSI’s Prophet 12 is definitely one of the highlights (maybe THE analog highlight) of this years NAMM show. I am curious about the new “Character” section.

      Peter

      • Well it can’t be “THE analog highlight” when the oscilators are purely digital (actually being generated with the inner 6 dsp sharc chips, kind of like on the solaris), and half of the instrument is on the digital side (the “character” section, some of the fx etc).

        • True.

          But still it seems to be an interesting synthesizer with Voltage Controlled Filters and Amplifiers (Hybrid). For sure it is the synthesizer highlight of the 2013 NAMM show.

          Peter