Synthesist Robert Rich is working with one of the first Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 synthesizers, and shared this preview of the patches that he’s created using the new monophonic + paraphonic synthesizer:
Here’s what Rich has to say about the audio demo:
Here’s a quick run through some of the sounds I just finished making for the new Dave Smith Instruments Pro2. Many of these will be included in the preset library. This recording uses no external processing, no compression or clean-up, no external MIDI control. The only editing consisted of some overlaps to keep it snappy, and selecting the best sounding riffs. I was simply playing the keyboard and turning knobs, or using the internal sequencer or arpeggiator.
The Pro2 features two discreet filter designs, which can be used separately or mixed together in series or parallel. One of the filters resembles the original Prophet 5, a thick sounding fully resonant low-pass filter. The other filter is based on Tom Oberheim’s SEM State Variable design, with LP, HP, BP and notch, and a lighter resonance that doesn’t quite ring. Together they make a monster.
My own approach to sound design is not purist analog by any means, and the Pro2 is perfect for its ability to give punchy analog sounds while also offering a deep array of modulation and digital control. You may notice some of my sounds almost resemble a DX7, which is due to the ability of these digital oscillators to modulate each other, and interact with the filters, delays, feedback and other unusual sound-shaping tools. Technically, this is a monophonic synth, but it’s a very deep one, and also capable of 4-voice “paraphonic” polyphony.
Check out the audio demo and let us know what you think!
You can get more info on the Pro 2 at the DSI site.