If you follow too many Djs and spend too much time on Twitter like me (the hazards of the job) you will see them geeking out about gear a lot, that is if they make their own music. One piece of equipment they often talk about are Prophet synths. Now David Smith Instruments has announced the Sequential Prophet X, which expands its sound palate by combining sampling and synthesis.
“The Prophet X is a powerful evolution of the Prophet series. Musicians have been asking for samples through real analog filters for a long time,” says David Smith in a statement. “We’ve given them not only that, but also all of the synthesis capabilities and awesome sound you’d expect from a Prophet.”
To get this done, they partnered with, sound developers 8Dio who developed “deep sampling.” The bi-timbral, 8-voice-stereo (16-voice mono) comes with a newly developed engine that runs two simultaneous 16-bit, 48kHz sample-based instruments. It has 150GB sample library with acoustic, electronic instruments and ambient and cinematic effects. Users can shape sounds with loop manipulation, sample stretching and its many other functions like LFOs and a deep modulation matrix, among others. Polyphonic step sequencer functionality is there, allowing up 64 steps and up to 6 notes per step, per layer.
“Composers will love the Prophet X for soundtracks and synth geeks will love it for its sound mangling potential. But it’s really for everyone because it covers such a wide range of sounds,” says Smith. “The new analog filter design we’re using is not only fantastic for synth sounds, but also does something special for the samples.”
The Prophet X will be available in the second quarter of 2018, so very soon and is projected to cost $3999.
Listen to some sounds above and see the intro video below. Read more here.