Berlin School Synth Jamming On The DSI Prophet ’08

Here’s another Sunday Synth Jam that focuses on exploring the possibilities of a single instrument, in this case, a Dave Smith Instruments Prophet ’08 module.

The track, by Arjen Schat, explores Berlin School style sequencing. Details below.

via maskineri:

I bought the Prophet ’08 Module back in 2008 but never really used the internal step sequencer to its full potential. In this video I use three layered sequences which were all composed using the internal step sequencers.

The first sequence modulates the pitch of oscillator 1 in layer A, the second sequence modulates the pitch of oscillator 2, also in layer A. The third sequence modulates the pitch of both oscillators in layer B.

I use key step triggers to trigger the different steps of the sequences and alternate between three different notes with yet another sequence coming from my DAW (Renoise). These notes transpose the pitch of the sequences at their respective steps and create intricate polyrhythms due to the different lenghts of the internal sequences and the key step trigger sequence from Renoise.

The notes in the trigger sequence are also transposed a few times to keep things sonically interesting.

The audio is routed through a Moog MF-104Z BBD delay, a Maxon AD999 BBD delay and T-Rex Room-mate reverb.

9 thoughts on “Berlin School Synth Jamming On The DSI Prophet ’08

  1. The audio is routed through a Moog MF-104Z BBD delay, a Maxon AD999 BBD delay and T-Rex Room-mate reverb.

    Would that require two of each (both set exactly the same) to handle the prophet's stereo output?

  2. The main stereo output of the P'08 goes to the mixer and from their the signal goes via the auxiliaries of both channels to the MF-104Z which mix output goes to the AD999. The AD999 has two outputs, dry and wet (dry signal is the MF-104Z, wet signal is the AD999), so both signals go back into the mixer separately and are hard-panned to create a stereo delay.

    Hope this clears things up,

    Maskineri.

  3. The main stereo output of the P'08 goes to the mixer and from there the signal goes via the auxiliaries of both channels to the MF-104Z which mix output goes to the AD999. The AD999 has two outputs, dry and wet (dry signal is the MF-104Z, wet signal is the AD999), so both signals go back into the mixer separately and are hard-panned to create a stereo delay.

    Hope this clears things up,

    Maskineri.

  4. wow, I see now. Very nice. I am getting a 08 in a few days and I'm thinking about trying something like this. Thanks for the info.

  5. No problem! Have fun with your P'08. You should definitely try working with the sequencer, it's quite an underestimated feauture.

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