Derived from 35 years of master synth design knowledge.
Dave Smith Instruments unleashes the Prophet 12 Synthesizer. Using 35 years of experience building synths, Dave Smith has created what he calls his "best synth yet." By combining the finest ...
In this video, Warpaint Live At KCRW, the Prophet 12 can be seen throughout. Some places where Theresa Wayman plays the keyboard are from 7:18, 15:03 & 40:12 Also, here is a quote in which Theresa Wayman mentions the Prophet 12: "I had just walked in out of a cold New York January, ready to make the most of sound check," says Warpaint guitarist-keyboardist Theresa Wayman. "I'm checking my keyboard on the song 'Hi'...a dark, deep combination of saw waves off the Prophet 12." http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/battle-born-behind-the-scenes-with-warpaint-20140203/0466303more
In this Instagram photo posted Nov 2014, the Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12 Synthesizer can be seen used by Bob Rifo of The Bloody Beetroots in his new studio (also known as "Coffin Studio"). It looks like it is used as the primary midi keyboard controller, due to its front-and-center positioning. He captions the photo and mentions several of the brands of his music gear in his hashtags, including #prophet12: "Oh Come on! Let's get some work done now! #coffin #studio #thebloodybeetroots #hq #ssl #uad #maselec #rupertnevedesigns #empiricallabs #culturevulture #avalon #krk #eve #kemper #mackie #prophet12 #bassbot #waldorf #access #virus"more
In this Instagram photo from May 2014, Swanky Tunes can be seen with the Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12 Synthesizer. Judging by its placement in their studio, they are likely using it as their primary midi controller keyboard, in addition to its capabilities as a synth. The photo is captioned, "Studio! Studio! Studio! #getswanky"more
Jasper Wijnands a.k.a Shook mentions the Prophet 12 in an article "[Artist Spotlight](https://www.sequential.com/jasper-wijnands/)" from the website of Sequential. > A few years later, Dave Smith released the Prophet 12, which was also really incredible to me. I remember watching YouTube videos and listening to all the sound demos online. After testing it in the music shop, I bought it, brought it back to my studio, and I started creating huge pad sounds which ended up on my next album Continuum. You can hear Prophet 12 pads all over my song You Were Bigger Than Life.”more
Available Instruments: Vintage ’25 A.B. Chase baby grand piano Synthesis Technology MOTM analog modular synthesizer DSI Prophet 12 DSI Prophet X DSI Sequential Prophet 6 Euro-Rack format modular system, various makers Haken Continuum fingerboard Korg M3 Workstation Korg Wavestation EX various lap steel and pedal steel guitars various acoustic & electric guitars and basses Various flutes and wind instruments Various string instruments (dulcimer, zithers, su gzheng, psaltry, etc.) Various percussion (djimbes, udu drums, dumbeks, talking drums, waterphone, cymbals, gongs, shakers, etc.)more
"Besides all the computer stuff, I also use a healthy amount of hardware tools. Synths like the MS2000, Korg Prophecy and the Juno 106 (which i still use everyday), with the new P12 by Dave Smith being my new favorite one at the moment. But the biggest addition to my studio has been the Eurorack modular systems, which I started using about 2 years ago. And trust me, it’s a rabbit hole once you start; you can’t stop buying modules."more
Derived from 35 years of master synth design knowledge.
Dave Smith Instruments unleashes the Prophet 12 Synthesizer. Using 35 years of experience building synths, Dave Smith has created what he calls his "best synth yet." By combining the finest qualities of the Prophet '08 and Poly Evolver keyboards, adding a ton of new features, and bumping up the voice-count to 12, the Prophet 12 is well worthy of the name. As with all Dave Smith keyboards, the Prophet 12 has a knob-per-function interface that lets you start designing sounds immediately without having to dive through pages of confusing menus.
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).
This is my favorite polyphonic synth in my studio. It is the only analog polyphonic synth in my studio so it doesn't have much competition (of course it crushes my digitals). I use this thing to create incredibly abstract sounds as well as polyphonic leads and basses.
After years of collecting old synths, I wanted to get something new that would become a cornerstone of my studio. The Prophet 12 isn't cheap by any means, but it's an amazing instrument that sounds terrific and is a total blast to play. The controls are very intuitive and you can spend days just making interesting sounds.
What sound do you want to make? 70's single oscillator monosynth? FM bass? 3 oscillator polyphonic beast? Combine FM with analog for something no one has heard before? The Prophet 12 can do it all. You can take virtually any patchbook from any synth and make the same or better sounds on the Prophet 12. It is the ultimate replicator. Using the filter to effect is the most challenging but it can growl. Great real-time expression controls: pedals, wheels, sliders, aftertouch. So many modulation sources that you can easily avoid having sounds with obvious looping/pulsing variations unless that is what you want. As for me, I don't ever want to sound like a VST.
It only gets a 4 stars because I feel the UI could be better. I would love to see real-time parameter changes from the wheels and sliders reflected in the UI while designing sounds. If not careful you can get extra and harsh artifacts from too much distortion, drive, hf filter. I think the char fx could be better since so far I have little use for hack and decimate, but they do open up new possibilities.