Another eagerly anticipated release, Dave Smith Instruments has revealed the latest addition to their sonic arsenal, the Prophet 6 polyphonic analog synthesizer.
Built and designed as homage to the sequential poly-synth the Prophet-5, the new Prophet 6 aims to take all of the best features and qualities from the original combined with state-of-the-art modern technologies to make a modern polyphonic analog synth to rival them all. As with the original, true voltage-controlled oscillators, filters and amplifiers are utilised. There are two discrete voltage-controlled oscillators per voice, newly engineered to offer a rich, warm and punchy sonic pallet central to the Prophet 6’s character. Continuously variable waveshapes offering triangle, sawtooth and variable-width options are included and as with the Prohpet-5, the two discrete filters feature four-pole, resonant and low-pass settings available over each voice. A further two-pole, resonant and high-pass filter has also been designed and included on the Prophet 6, whilst voltage controlled amplifiers keep the signal path strictly analog.
A modern dual effects section features studio quality reverbs, delays, chorus and phase shifter settings, all running at 24-bit, 48 kHz resolution, with a 100% analog stereo drive/distortion section, all with true bypass. The Poly Mod section utilises filter envelope and oscillator 2 modulation sources (both with bi-polar control) with oscillator 1 frequency, oscillator 1 shape, oscillator 1 pulse-width, low-pass filter cut-off and high-pass filter cut-off as included destinations. Unison mode offers configurable voice count from 1-6 voices and key modes, and the polyphonic step-sequencer can handle 64 steps, with a count of 6 notes per step. Sequences can be synced to external MIDI clock as can the excellent arpeggiator section.
Dave Smith has clearly thoughtfully considered the Prophet’s usability, with a simple knob-per function design on the front panel, 500 factory programmes organised efficiently into bank groups and a simple toggle off and on for pre-set mode, allowing total tonal shaping using the synth’s controls. Fairly compact, a 4-octave semi-weighted keyboard also featuring velocity and after-touch, makes the Prophet 6 ideal for both on the road and in the studio. All in all the Prophet 6 is looking rather impressive and we’re sure it will be no less legendary than the Prophet-5 in no time at all.