22 Producerís Edge Jan-Feb 2009
Dave Smith Instruments
Monophonic Analogue Synthesizer
Words by Drew Spence
Smaller than a Breadbox with Knobs
tís metal. I donít know why I expected a hard plastic
chassis. Maybe Dave Smith took design inspiration
from guitar pedals for the size, build and striking color
scheme. Itís going to be that
mustardy metal box
stands out in all the studio pics. The knobs are detented
and endless rotaries placed just close enough for
uninterrupted tweaks. There is a raised notch for a pointer
thatís easily read by the finger tips although I wish there
was a colored stripe to indicate its value at a glance.
The knobs on the Prophet 08 are of a higher quality but
exhibit play just below the surface whereas the Mopho
plastic encoders are studded firmly in place. Clearly labeled
on front are Pitch, Cutoff, Resonance, Attack and Decay/
Release. When I first saw the unit I thought 8 knobs- killer!
But then I saw four were Ďassignableí which was code
Ďdo some programming before you have any
. In a nice move, they are already programmed for
can explore each specific tweaking choice per patch.
Assigning your own parameter couldnít be easier as
you press the Assign Parameters button to arm it, grab
your knob, scroll through the list of choices and press
the Assign button again.
Presets Test Tones
Youíll cruise through three banks of 128 Programs-
about 380 presets ranging from the classic to the
bizarre. Easy enough using the + and Ė and holding