The monophonic synth has been a key tool used in electronic music for many years and is still just important today as when they were first introduced. The Dave Smith Pro 2 looks to be one of the most powerful mono synths yet. You have complete control over your entire set up with the Pro 2 thanks to its wide range of inputs and outputs, that makes it the perfect center piece to your live or studio set up.
Incredible Control With CV, MIDI and Sequencer.
When you have a wide collection of synths and other hardware you need them all work together with as little effort as possible. You get access to this level of control with the Pro 2. The 4 CV inputs and outputs are made available to help sync up any CV enabled hardware directly from the Pro 2. With 2 MIDI outs you can connect to and control even more synths or even connect your computer up for even more possibilities.
The key to all of this control comes in the 32 step sequencer with 16 voices. through the step sequencer you can not only layer internal voices and sounds but also trigger external MIDI and CV controlled systems all from the Pro 2.
Mono synthesis is an important part of any production as in general it is where you will find the best bass and lead synthesis voices. You can take your mono synth sounds to some new wonderful places. With four oscillators taken straight from the Prophet 12 including the super waves feature so you can creatively mold your sound, and the character section that gives you control like you have never seen before.
Here's what Dave Smith Instruments say about the Pro 2 Mono Synth
One Voice to Rule Them All
The Pro 2 is Dave Smith's flagship mono synth, and as Dave himself puts it, his "most powerful mono synth ever." The Pro 2 shares the same exceptional ergonomics and playability as its 12-voice sibling, the Prophet 12, but carves out distinctly different sonic territory with an all-new dual analog filter architecture, a monster step sequencer, superwaves, digital bucket-brigade delay, and a lot more. Nothing else sounds like it and nothing else performs like it. It raises the bar for monosynths and redefines the word "fat."
A New Classic for a New Generation
The Pro 2 is a fusion of classic analog synthesizer design and cutting-edge digital technology. It boasts four high-resolution digital oscillators, plus a sub oscillator. The oscillators produce both classic and complex wave shapes and can frequency and amplitude modulate each other in any operator and modulator configurations you choose for harmonically-rich FM and AM sounds. A set of Character controls adds high and low frequency boost, bit and sample rate reduction, and tape saturation emulation to the Pro 2s sonic palette.
Two New Filters Based on Vintage Designs
At the heart of the Pro 2s gutsy sound is its all-new dual filter design. Filter 1 is a 4-pole low-pass design inspired by the original Prophet-5 filter. Filter 2 is a state-variable design inspired by the Oberheim SEM and can be continuously varied between low-pass, notch, and high-pass operation, with an optional band-pass mode. The two filters function in either serial or parallel, or anywhere in between. Two of the four oscillators can be routed through Filter 1 with the other two routed through Filter 2 for a broad range of tonal possibilities.
One of the most exciting features of the Pro 2 is its sequencer-possibly the most powerful step sequencer ever designed for a synth. With up to 32 steps and 16 tracks, it provides real-time input, rests, and variable-length sequences. It also syncs to MIDI clock and external audio input. Sequence tracks can control any parameter in the Pro 2s extensive modulation matrix.
Plays Well with Modulars
The Pro 2s flexible architecture opens the door to not only processing external audio, but also to interfacing with modular synths through its 4 rear-panel control voltage inputs and outputs and a dedicated gate output. Control voltages can be assigned and routed from within the modulation matrix and can run at audio rates for extreme modulation effects. Some of the many parameters that can be sent to the CV outputs include oscillators, LFOs, envelopes, and sequencer tracks, making the Pro 2 a natural choice for the center of your studio or live setup.
Delays, Envelopes, LFOs, Arpeggiator, and a Multitude of Modulation
The Pro 2s delay section provides three digital delays with pan, and high-pass and low-pass filtering controls. A fourth delay is a digital bucket-brigade delay (BBD) for analog-style effects. There are four loopable five-stage envelope generators, four syncable LFOs with slew and phase offset, a full-featured arpeggiator, and a sixteen slot modulation matrix with dozens of modulation sources and destinations.
Monophonic by Design, Paraphonic by Choice
The Pro 2 was designed primarily as a super-powerful monosynth, but it's also a true, four-voice paraphonic synth that allows you to control each of its four oscillators individually with their own envelope. This makes playing four-note chords not only possible, but very expressive.
Package all of this power in a three-and-a-half octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, add two backlit pitch and mod wheels and two location and pressure sensitive touch sliders, and you've got one of the most feature-rich, awe-inspiring synthesizers ever created.