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    Product Description

    The Prophet REV2 is Dave Smith’s reimagining of his Prophet ’08 poly synth — a modern classic that has appeared on countless recordings and stages since its debut in 2007. As Dave puts it, “The REV2 is the realization of our effort to enhance and improve everything we could about the original design — all at a more accessible price.”

    The Prophet REV2 retains all of the key features of the Prophet ’08 and expands on them. It has twice the polyphony, twice the mod matrix, waveshape modulation on all waveforms, digital effects per layer in stacked or split voice mode, a polyphonic step sequencer per layer, and more. The result is a true analog powerhouse.

    Best of all, you can download any of the many existing libraries of Prophet ’08 sounds and they will not only sound identical, but can be enhanced with the new features.

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    16-Voice Polyphony

    With 16 voices to play with, you have the freedom to allocate them as you wish. Play two-fisted chords, stack two 8-voice sounds for massive, complex textures, or split the keyboard into two completely separate 8-voice instruments.

    Bold Sound

    The Prophet REV2 gets its bold, punchy sound from its 2/4 pole, low-pass, resonant Curtis filters per voice. These are the same filters used not only in the Prophet ’08, but in many classic instruments of the 70’s and 80’s. A separate Audio Mod control adds additional harmonic complexity and movement.
    Waveshape Modulation

    A powerful new feature unique to the Prophet REV2 is waveshape modulation. You can now vary the “pulse width” of any of the four waveforms (sawtooth, saw+tri, triangle, square). Using the Shape Mod control, you can manually dial in a desired waveshape width or use an LFO or other mod source for continuously shifting timbre. Even single-oscillator sounds take on new depth and dimension. The tonal possibilities are vast.

    Effects Per Layer

    The effects section provides reverb, delays (standard and BBD), chorus, phase shifter, ring modulation, and distortion. In stacked or split voice mode, you can apply a different effect to each layer. Effects parameters can be modulated through the Mod Matrix.

    Extended Mod Matrix

    Also present from its predecessor is an easy-to-assign Mod Matrix, now twice as big, with 8 individual slots and many more sources/destinations. It’s a veritable sound designer’s playground.
    Poly Step Sequencing

    The polyphonic step sequencer allows up to 64 steps and up to 6 notes per step. You can create a different sequence for each layer when you are working in stacked or split voice mode, making it a powerful tool for composition or performance. The sequencer also functions as a modulation source in gated mode, allowing you to create up to 4 different 16-step sequences for complex modulation. Sequences allow ties and rests, and can sync to an external MIDI clock. The arpeggiator features note repeats, re-latching, and can be synced to external MIDI clock, as well.

    Per-Knob Programmability

    The knob-per-function front panel offers instant access to Prophet REV2 functions. Included are 512 permanent factory programs and 512 rewritable user programs.

    Eminently Playable

    All of this polyphonic power is packed into a five-octave, premium-quality, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch. Other road-worthy features include an integrated power supply, USB support, and a crisp OLED display, making the REV2 an ideal instrument for gigging or recording, and an analog powerhouse like no other.

    Technical Specifications

    Oscillators

    • 2 digitally controlled analog oscillators (DCOs) per voice (plus sub octave on oscillator 1) with selectable sawtooth, triangle, saw/triangle mix, and pulse waves (with pulse-width modulation)
    • Glide (portamento): separate rates per oscillator
    • White noise generator
    • Analog VCAs
    • Hard sync

    Filters

    • 1 analog Curtis low-pass filter per voice, selectable 2- and 4-pole operation (self-resonating in 4-pole mode)

    Envelopes

    • 3 envelope generators: filter, VCA, and assignable (four-stage ADSR + delay); Envelope 3 can loop.

    Sequencer

    • Polyphonic step sequencer with up to 64 steps (6 notes per step), and ties and rests. Separate 16 x 4 gated step sequencer. Each layer can have a separate sequence.

    LFO's

    • 4 LFO’s with key sync per LFO

    Modulation 

    • 8-slot modulation matrix
    • 22 sources
    • 53 destinations
    • 5 additional dedicated sources: mod wheel, pressure, velocity, breath controller, footswitch

    Arpeggiator

    • Programmable arpeggiator with up, down, up+down, random, assign modes
    • Selectable note value: 16th note, 8th note triplet, 8th note, dotted 8th note, quarter note
    • One, two, or three octave range
    • Re-latching arpeggiation
    • Note repeat

    Controls

    • 5-octave keyboard with semi-weighted action, velocity, and aftertouch
    • 55 knobs and 35 buttons enable deep and comprehensive editing with little to no menu diving.
    • Spring-loaded pitch wheel and assignable mod wheel

    Memory

    • 512 Factory Programs (4 banks of 128) and 512 fully editable User Programs with 2 layers (2 separate sounds) in each Program

    In/Out

    • MIDI In, Out, Thru
    • Main stereo audio output: 1/4″ unbalanced
    • Output B stereo audio output: 1/4″ unbalanced
    • Sustain pedal input: accepts normally on or normally off momentary footswitch.
    • Pedal/CV input: responds to expression pedals or control voltages ranging from 0 to 5 VDC (protected against higher or negative voltages).
    • Headphone output: 1/4″ stereo phone jack.

    Power

    • IEC AC power inlet for internal power supply
    • Operates worldwide on voltages between 100 and 240 volts at 50 to 60 Hz
    • Power consumption: 22 watts maximum (17 watts for 8-voice configuration; 22 watts for 16-voice configuration)

    Physical Specs

    • Oiled African mahogany wood end panels
    • Dimensions: 12.70″ (32.26 cm) W x 35.12″ (89.20 cm) L x 3.80″ (9.65 cm) H (2.30″ at front edge; the feet account for 0.25″ of the total height)
    • Weight: 20.5 lbs. (9.3 kg)
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    Specifications
    Brand
    Sequential
    Digital/Analogue
    Analogue
    Key Action
    Semi Weighted
    Key Size
    Full Size
    Number of Keys
    61
    Polyphony
    Polyphonic
    Trade Doubler Group ID
    13360
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    Customer Reviews

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    Trusted Customer15th Mar 2022

    Once you start designing your own sounds using all of the modulation capabilities of this synth you can get some fantastic sounds of it.

    Value 4Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

    Trusted Customer11th Oct 2020

    It’s gorgeous! You can make meaty bass sounds, otherworldly whooshes, thick and evolving pads. It’s noisy and scruffy, but precise with it. You can make really aggressive noise and alluring, gentle soundscapes. Almost everything is engaging and attractive.

    Value 4Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

    Mr Jon Harris5th Sep 2020

    To use a motoring analogy, It’s like I’ve been driving around in a succession of family saloons and just upgraded to a Ferrari. A bit scary at first, and a bit of a dent in my wallet, but great fun. Like a Ferrari, I’ll probably never use its full potential, but I’ll enjoy it all the same.

    Value 4Looks 5Sound 5

    Tookey10th Aug 2020

    I have had my eye on this synth since I got hooked on them about 4 years ago. The Prophet Rev2 does not disappoint in any way at all. Beautifully crafted machine that despite the impressive array of knobs has a minimal style that underplays its massive potential. I am looking forward to the many years of sonic exploration that will unfold from this gorgeous instrument.

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Mr simon Betka18th Apr 2020

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Trusted Customer17th Jan 2020

    Haven't scratched the surface with this beast yet and already I'm in love. For a start, it's built like a tank- really sturdy. Lovely finish and wood cheeks. No idea what varnish the use at the factory, but it smells like an old chip shop at first haha (it does go away after an hour or two though). Key bed feels lovely, a joy to play. Naming the patches can be a smidge cumbersome but the small screen wasn't hard to read as some reviewers have made out. Personally I quite like how the screen doesn't invade the front panel and encourages you to be more hands-on. The essentials require little to no menu diving in order to get a great sounding patch- perfect for an old analogue head like me! I can honestly say that the decision to go for the 16 voice version was worth it. It offers up a lot more flexibility, especially with the sequencers and unison mode. having a bass or lead sound with 16 voice unison is pretty huge. Filter takes some getting used to in order to find the sweet spots, but the routing you can do with it is immensely fun. The weakest thing for me is the effects. Don't get me wrong they're fine and absolutely usable. They're just all that inspiring and not overly customisable. Plus only having one effect per layer is really limiting. I plan to put this synth through my pedal board anyway so not a major issue for me, but I can't help but wonder what this synth would be like if it had the effects engine that the Behringer Deepmind 12 has... But as far as the synth itself is concerned, it's phenomenal.

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Mr Aled Evans14th Jun 2019

    A phenomenal synth. The modulation possibilities are wild. Another belter from Dave Smith / Sequential.

    Trusted Customer26th Dec 2018

    Just as expected and wanted, the best present!

    Trusted Customer21st May 2018

    It was between this and OB6. Could not decide! Andertons let me play all day. Really hard to choose! Settled on the Rev2 because it is like getting two Synths in one. Great for sound design. The OB6 sounds beautiful too!

    Mr N Bishop22nd Dec 2017

    Brilliant synth as recommended and perfect for my needs

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