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Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12

Hybrid Polyphonic Synthesizer

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Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12
Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12
3 000.00 street price

A hybrid digital/analog architecture of the Prophet 12 features a groundbreaking sound pushing DSI to those on top of the synth market. Each of the twelve voices of polyphony has 4 dedicated digital oscillators, a sub, 4 LFOs with a sync function, 16 slots of mod matrix including 26 modulation sources and 97 destinations, a digital character section, Curtis low-pass filter with resonance, a high-pass filter, a feedback circuit which can be tuned, delay line, 4 five-stage envelope generators with a loop function, and an arpeggiator.

The 5-octave keyboard features semi-weighted keys with velocity and channel aftertouch. The digital oscillators can modulate each other applying FM and AM in any imaginable configuration. The front panel offers editing for every parameter which can be re-programmed in any way. Pitch and mod wheels, touch sliders and a considerable number of controls make it a perfect choice for live performance.

The instrument is bi-timbral, and considering that it features comprehensive modulation capabilities, as well as syncable LFOs, 4-tap stereo delay and arpeggiator, Prophet 12 is a pure sound joy. MIDI DIN, in/out/thru and MIDI via USB are implemented. There are also 3 pedal inputs (sustain, 2 for expression).

The digitally controlled oscillators of Prophet 12 bring some unexplored versatility of Dave’s iconic voices, while keep that familiar feel of DSI innovative-driven soul.

Tags: hybrid synthesizer

Country of origin / production: USA

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Usage area
Performance Synthesizer 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Hybrid, Digital+Analog 
Multi Timbral Capacity2 part(s)
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Synthesis Method Frequency Modulation (FM)
Oscillator Type Digital
Oscillators' hard sync 
Oscillators per voice4
Sub-Oscillators per voice1
VCA per voice1
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Sine
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Triangle
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Saw/ Triangle
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Saw
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) White Noise
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Pink Noise
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Violet Noise
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator): Waveform Count12
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Single Voice Preset396
User-defined Single Voice396
Voltage Controlled Filter (VCF) 
High-pass Filter (HPF) 
Low-pass Filter (LPF) 
Envelope Generator (EG)
Modulation Matrix16x2
Source count26
Destination count100
LFO: LFO per voice4
Girth (low shelf EQ with harmonic excitement) 
Air (high shelf EQ with harmonic excitement) 
Overdrive/ Drive 
Arpegiator/ Portamento
General MIDI (GM) 
MIDI in/ out
Type Synth Action
Velocity Sensitivity 
Number of Keys61
Color resolution Monochrome
Built-in controllers
Wheel's backlit 
Pitch Bend Wheel 
Modulation Wheel 
Slider/ Drawbar2
External controllers
Sustain foot pedal 
Expression foot pedal 
Foot Controller1
Audio out
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)4
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm) headphones preamplified1
Computer Interfaces
USB MIDI through USB
Voltage 100-230(250)V
Voltage 50-60Hz
Power Supply Built-in, internal
Power consumption30 W
Height105 mm
Width975 mm
Depth325 mm
Height4.15 in
Width38.4 in
Depth12.8 in
Weight26 lb
Weight11.8 kg
Case/ body
Production start2013
Production end2020
Production ended

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