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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 Prophet REV2 is the realization of our effort to enhance and improve everything we could about the original design — all at a more accessible price.”

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    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.

    8-Voice Polyphony

    With 8 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 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 Prophet 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
    Key Size
    Full Size
    Number of Keys
    61
    Polyphony
    Polyphonic
    Trade Doubler Group ID
    13360
    Digital/Analogue
    Analogue
    Key Action
    Semi Weighted
    Brand
    Sequential
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    Customer Reviews

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    Mr Richard Turner25th Mar 2022

    Great sounding synth. Feels really solidly built and well thought out.

    Value 3Looks 4Durability 4Sound 4

    Tony M Lyons17th Nov 2020

    The rev 2....A Great analogue keyboard , I have been wanting to buy a prophet since the 1980s.. I am very happy with it!

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Mr Gareth Machray21st Jun 2021

    A great poly synth that’s both easy to use and wonderfully deep so instant results are followed by a rich user experience.

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Dominic White7th May 2021

    Value 4Looks 5Sound 5

    Mr Raymond Moore26th Feb 2021

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Trusted Customer1st Feb 2021

    I was choosing between this and the Prophet-6 which I've used in the studio before. The Prophet-6 probably has better factory presets but now I've had a bit of a play with the REV2 and stored some of my own sounds, I love it. For the difference in price, I would say the REV2 definitely competes given the price.

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Trusted Customer1st Feb 2021

    Value 4Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

    Trusted Customer7th Oct 2020

    Classic layout, almost everything is right there in front of you LFOs and mod sources easily assigned at the turn of a dial, Sounds like, a true Prophet for the twenty first century.

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Max Bloom6th Jul 2020

    Trusted Customer5th Jun 2020

    What can I say, its a Sequential Instrument, I've wanted one since the Prophet 5 and the 600 and I finally have! I will be buying the expansion card though, I wouldn't have thought I needed or wanted 16 voices but the layered / spilt stuff is addictive.

    Value 3Looks 4Durability 5Sound 5

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