Prophet Rev2 Desktop Module
Since its launch just three months ago the Prophet Rev2 has been incredibly popular. Dave Smith Instruments have announced that from October they will be shipping a desktop version of the Prophet Rev2. Just like the full keyboard version the Prophet Rev2 desktop module will feature:
- Two DCOs per voice
- Curtis filters
- Two types of sequencers
- Digital effects
This specification list is only the tip of the Prophet Rev2 sonic iceberg. The company tells us that there is a long list of enhancements that they claim makes the Prophet Rev2 pack a punch even more powerful than its predecessor, the now-retired Prophet ’08.
The man himself, Dave Smith, explained: “In the three months since its release, the Prophet Rev2 keyboard has been embraced by the music community in a very big way; it’s already appearing on a significant number of recordings and major stage tours. With 16 voices to stack and split, it not only sounds huge, but it has an incredible range of sounds available.”
The soul of the Prophet Rev2’s sound comes from two DCOs per voice with four waveshapes (sawtooth, triangle, sawtooth + triangle, and pulse), a sub-octave generator, and a 2/4 pole low-pass, resonant Curtis filter per voice. These are the same filters used not only in the Prophet ’08, but also in many classic instruments of the ’70s and ’80s. A new feature unique to the Prophet Rev2 is waveshape modulation. You can vary the “pulse width” of any of the four waveforms by manually dialing in a desired waveshape width or by using an LFO or other modulation source for continuously shifting timbre.
An 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, which is twice as extensive as its predecessor, with 8 individual slots and many more sources/destinations.
Prophet Rev2 sequencer specification
The new polyphonic step sequencer allows up to 64 steps and up to 6 notes per step. A different sequence can be created for each layer when working in stacked or split voice mode. The sequencer also functions as a modulation source, 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. Other improvments include a premium-quality, five-octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, an integrated power supply, USB support, and a crisp OLED display.
“Apart from its awesome sound, a big part of the Rev2’s appeal is its ease of use, so we made sure that the desktop version retained all of the same front panel controls as the keyboard version. Whether you go for the keyboard or the desktop, the Rev2 is an amazing synth and an incredible musical workhorse,” said Dave Smith.
The Prophet Rev2 desktop module will be available in October of 2017 with a US MAP of $1,799. An 8-voice version will be available for $1,299 US MAP.