Sequential ups the ante (again) with a module version of the REV2, the 16-voice analog synthesizer that takes over where the legendary Prophet '08 left off. The REV2 is an absolute beast that boasts 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. Synth geeks here at Leaseville are excited about Dave Smith Instruments' REV2 module. 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 REV2 not only doubles the polyphony â€” you can allocate voices as you wish: deploy extensive two-hand chords; stack two 8-voice patches for massive, intricate textures â€” the sky's the limit.
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 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. 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.