Sequential ups the ante (again) with the Prophet Rev2, a 61-key analog synthesizer that takes over where the legendary Prophet '08 left off. Offered in eight-voice or 16-voice version (this is the 8-voice version), the Rev2 is an absolute beast with dual DCOs, a sub-oscillator, and a 2/4-pole resonant lowpass Curtis filter per voice. Other features include bi-timbral operation, waveshape modulation, a beefy onboard FX engine, an advanced polyphonic step sequencer, a crisp OLED display, and USB. The premium 5-octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch feels just right. Synth geeks here at Leaseville are excited about Sequential's Prophet Rev2. Dave has delivered another killer synth â€” and it's an amazing value.
The starting point was Dave Smith's modern classic, the Prophet '08. Says Dave: "The Rev2 is the realization of our effort to enhance and improve everything we could about the original design â€” all at a more accessible price." You can even download existing Prophet '08 libraries; not only will they sound spot-on, but you can enhance them with the new Rev2 features. The Prophet '08 was, of course, an 8-voice synth. The 16-voice version of the Prophet Rev2 not only doubles the polyphony â€” you can allocate voices as you wish: deploy monster two-hand chords; stack two 8-voice patches for massive, intricate textures; split the keyboard into two independent 8-voice instruments and play duets with yourself. The sky's the limit. If that's more than your music requires, this 8-voice version still offers the same voice allocation flexibility, albeit with half the polyphony.
The synth largely owes its audacious, authoritative sonics to its per-voice 2/4-pole, resonant lowpass filters, based on the chip design pioneered by the late Doug Curtis. These are the same filters used in many classic synthesizers of the 1970s and '80s â€” and also in the Prophet '08. The filter section includes a separate Audio Mod control that lets you dial in motion and harmonic complexity.
The Prophet Rev2's two per-voice digitally controlled analog oscillators each feature four selectable waveforms: sawtooth, sawtooth+triangle, triangle, and square. The waveshape modulation feature lets you continuously vary the pulse width of any of the waveforms, infinitely multiplying your sonic possibilities. And the Shape Mod control allows you to manually dial in a specific waveshape width or use an LFO or other modulation source to continuously shift timbre. Even single-oscillator patches take on new depth and dimension.
The beefy effects engine onboard the Prophet Rev2 serves up tasty reverbs, standard and vintage-style BBD (Bucket Brigade Device) delays, phase shift, chorus, ring mod, and distortion. With the Rev2 set up in split-voice or stacked mode, you can apply a unique effect to every layer. You can even modulate effects parameters using the Prophet Rev2's Mod Matrix â€” a popular feature from the Prophet '08. On the Rev2, the Mod Matrix is double the size, with eight individual slots and expanded sources and destinations. It's a sound designer's dream.