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The Prophet Rev2 is Dave Smith's reimagining of his Prophet '08 poly synth - a modern classic that has appeared on countless recordings and stages since its debut in 2007. The Prophet Rev2 retains all of the key features of the Prophet '08 and expands on them. It has twice the polyphony, twice the mod matrix, waveshape modulation on all waveforms, digital effects per layer in stacked or split voice mode, a polyphonic step sequencer per layer, and more. The result is a true analog powerhouse. Best of all, you can download any of the many existing libraries of Prophet '08 sounds and they will not only sound identical, but can be enhanced with the new features.


16-Voice Polyphony
With 16 voices to play with, you have the freedom to allocate them as you wish. Play two-fisted chords, stack two 8-voice sounds for massive, complex textures, or split the keyboard into two completely separate 8-voice instruments. An 8-voice version is also available, which can later be expanded to 16-voices with the Expander Kit if desired.

Bold Sound
The Prophet Rev2 gets its bold, punchy sound from its 2/4 pole, low-pass, resonant Curtis filters per voice. These are the same filters used not only in the Prophet 08, but in many classic instruments of the 70's and 80's. A separate Audio Mod control adds additional harmonic complexity and movement.

Waveshape Modulation
A powerful new feature unique to the Prophet Rev2 is waveshape modulation. You can now vary the "pulse width" of any of the four waveforms (sawtooth, saw+tri, triangle, square). Using the Shape Mod control, you can manually dial in a desired waveshape width or use an LFO or other mod source for continuously shifting timbre. Even single-oscillator sounds take on new depth and dimension. The tonal possibilities are vast.

Effects Per Layer
The effects section provides reverb, delays (standard and BBD), chorus, phase shifter, ring modulation, and distortion. In stacked or split voice mode, you can apply a different effect to each layer. Effects parameters can be modulated through the Mod Matrix.

Extended Mod Matrix
Also present from its predecessor is an easy-to-assign Mod Matrix, now twice as big, with 8 individual slots and many more sources/destinations. It's a veritable sound designer's playground.

Poly Step Sequencing
The polyphonic step sequencer allows up to 64 steps and up to 6 notes per step. You can create a different sequence for each layer when you are working in stacked or split voice mode, making it a powerful tool for composition or performance. The sequencer also functions as a modulation source in gated mode, allowing you to create up to 4 different 16-step sequences for complex modulation. Sequences allow ties and rests, and can sync to an external MIDI clock. The arpeggiator features note repeats, re-latching, and can be synced to external MIDI clock, as well.

Per-Knob Programmability
The knob-per-function front panel offers instant access to Prophet Rev2 functions. Included are 512 permanent factory programs and 512 rewritable user programs.

Eminently Playable
All of this polyphonic power is packed into a five-octave, premium-quality, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch. Other road-worthy features include an integrated power supply, USB support, and a crisp OLED display, making the Prophet Rev2 an ideal instrument for gigging or recording, and an analog powerhouse like no other.


• 2 digitally controlled analog oscillators (DCOs) per voice (plus sub octave on oscillator 1) with selectable sawtooth, triangle, saw/triangle mix, and pulse waves (with pulse-width modulation)
• Glide (portamento): separate rates per oscillator
• White noise generator
• Analog VCAs
• Hard sync

• 1 analog Curtis low-pass filter per voice, selectable 2- and 4-pole operation (self-resonating in 4-pole mode)

• 3 envelope generators: filter, VCA, and assignable (four-stage ADSR + delay); Envelope 3 can loop.

• Polyphonic step sequencer with up to 64 steps (6 notes per step), and ties and rests. Separate 16 x 4 gated step sequencer. Each layer can have a separate sequence.

• 4 LFO's with key sync per LFO

• 8-slot modulation matrix
• 22 sources
• 53 destinations
• 5 additional dedicated sources: mod wheel, pressure, velocity, breath controller, footswitch

• Programmable arpeggiator with up, down, up+down, random, assign modes
• Selectable note value: 16th note, 8th note triplet, 8th note, dotted 8th note, quarter note
• One, two, or three octave range
• Re-latching arpeggiation
• Note repeat

• 5-octave keyboard with semi-weighted action, velocity, and aftertouch
• 55 knobs and 35 buttons enable deep and comprehensive editing with little to no menu diving.
• Spring-loaded pitch wheel and assignable mod wheel

• 512 Factory Programs (4 banks of 128) and 512 fully editable User Programs with 2 layers (2 separate sounds) in each Program

• MIDI In, Out, Thru
• Main stereo audio output: 1/4″ unbalanced
• Output B stereo audio output: 1/4″ unbalanced
• Sustain pedal input: accepts normally on or normally off momentary footswitch.
• Pedal/CV input: responds to expression pedals or control voltages ranging from 0 to 5 VDC (protected against higher or negative voltages).
• Headphone output: 1/4″ stereo phone jack.

• IEC AC power inlet for internal power supply
• Operates worldwide on voltages between 100 and 240 volts at 50 to 60 Hz
• Power consumption: 22 watts maximum (17 watts for 8-voice configuration; 22 watts for 16-voice configuration)

Physical Specs
• Oiled African mahogany wood end panels
• Dimensions: 12.70″ (32.26 cm) W x 35.12″ (89.20 cm) L x 3.80″ (9.65 cm) H (2.30″ at front edge; the feet account for 0.25″ of the total height)
• Weight: 20.5 lbs. (9.3 kg)

I think this synth is magic6 of 6 customers found this review helpful

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I've owned Ploy Moog, Prophet 5, Jupiter 8, Super Jupiter, Fairlight series 2 and 3 plus many more. This one is the best I have ever played, and is incredibly affordable! Ever time a play it I am amazed. The digital effects are not great but work well in context especially with 2 layers and 16 voices. Flawless design and very warm sounds when programmed well. Love this machine.
Posted by Dee Long on Jun 12, 2018
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Analog Poly Monster!!!13 of 13 customers found this review helpful

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I've been working with this synth for about a month, and thought I'd give my review now that I'm familiar with it. Out of the box on an initialized patch, the DCOs can sound a little harsh/sterile. There are many tools at your disposal that go a long way to offset this such as slop, osc shape, tuning and 4 lfo's per voice (or an envelope generator) that can be used to modulate these. Although precise DCOs may not be everyone's idea of rich, lush tone, they lend themselves quite nicely to complicated modulation patches, giving greater creative control during sound design. The slop control alone goes a great way in quenching your VCO thirst. Speaking of sound design, the Rev2 is a joy to program! There are a ton of shortcuts to take the hassle out of menu diving, letting your hands spend more time playing and/or tweaking. 16 voices is a better choice with this synth, allowing you to have 8 notes of polyphony in each hand when the keyboard is split or more importantly, 8 notes total when you have 2 different patches stacked (this sounds massive). Doubling up the same patch on two stacked layers is almost like a poly unison.. You could achieve the same sound with the 8 voice, but 4 note polyphony gets cramped fast. The onboard digital effects are more than useable, but I wouldn't call them stellar. Where they do shine is as a destination for modulation! Wow! The Curtis filter gets a lot of criticism - it can sound incredible.. This is a powerful filter that, if not used judiciously, can make some sounds that don't quite fit the bill, but this is only a testament to its flexibility. The Prophet 6's filter may have a large sweet spot, but the Curtis can get in to territory you wouldn't find on the P6. A little fine tuning goes a long way! The Fatar semi-weighted key action on this is fantastic. Keys return promptly, allowing for lightning fast passages. Build quality is exceptional. No loose pots or anything like that. The OLED display shows exactly what you need to see, when you need to see it and does so clearly. This is an intuitive, flexible and powerful instrument with a great workflow and terrific sound. I can't sing its praises loud enough..
Posted by Chris on May 7, 2018
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Prophet Rev2 16-voice Analog Poly Synth- Official Intro