Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 PE Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

Overview

The Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 is an 8-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer featuring incredibly deep modulation options as well as split and layer capabilities. With a gated step sequencer, 5-octave keyboard, and Curtis filter chips, the Prophet '08 harkens back to Sequential Circuits Prophet-5. The Prophet '08 is available in the original, potentiometer (PE), or special editions.

Product Specs

Brand
Model
  • Prophet '08 PE Keyboard
Finish
  • Black
Year
  • 2010 - 2017
Made In
  • United States
Categories
Number of Keys
  • 61 Keys

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Reviews for the Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08 PE Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer
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  • Verified Purchase

    Excellent synth and perfectly delivered. Great sound and in perfect shape.

  • Analog Delight

    Verified Purchase

    The Prophet-08 PE has a lot of character and versatility, very flexible to work with and not a lot of menu diving to achieve what kind of sound you're looking for. Great instrument worthy of the Prophet branding.

  • Great synth at a good price

    Verified Purchase

    The DSI Prophet-08 PE is a great instrument. Highly tweakable sound, with awesome presets and huge range. So far my only gripe is that there isn’t a bank for user created patches, the presets are so good that I don’t want to record over them.

  • Excellent machine

    Sounds perfectly, in excellent shape, everything works perfectly. Many settings and knobs; a perfect machine to really dive into.

  • Powerhouse analog synth worthy of the Prophet name

    I've been an analog synth guy since the mid-'80s, playing Sequential Circuits, Korg, Roland, Moog and several others. I was a Prophet T8 player "back in the day", and was delighted when Dave Smith got back into the game in the late 2000's. I would say that the Prophet '08 was DSI's first synth tha…

More Information

The Prophet '08 PE (Potentiometer Edition) is the same as the original Prophet '08 except most of its digital encoders have been replaced with pots.

One of the more popular modern polysynths, the Prophet '08 is Dave Smith's evolution of his legendary Prophet 5. It looks and feels incredibly similar to this classic, though it makes some compromises — most notably the use of DCOs instead of VCOs. But its Curtis filters remain unchanged and other modern amenities like an arpeggiator, step sequencer, after-touch, and MIDI are all very welcome additions. The result is a versatile, stable, gig-able synth with an incredible 8 voices of polyphony at a fraction of the original's cost.

DSI also produces a (keyboardless) desktop version, as well as the Prophet '08 PE, which replaces most of the encoders with pots.