Dave Smith Modular Synth Filter For Eurorack

dave-smith-modular-synthesizerSighted in yesterday’s Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 Synthesizer intro video – an unannounced Eurorack module

The Dave Smith Modular DSM01 Curtis Filter can be seen at around 4:55 in the intro video. An enlarged screen captures is shown at right.

It’s a combined VCF/VCA module, with control voltage control over filter cutoff, resonance and amplitude.

Audio connectivity includes audio in, VCF out and VCA out.

Two switches are partially obscured.

No official announcement has been made on the Dave Smith Modular at this point.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

Are you interested in synth modules from Dave Smith? If so, what do you want to see from them?

Dave Smith Instruments Intros Pro 2 ‘Dream Synth’

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Dave Smith Instruments today introduced the Pro 2, a knobby new monophonic ‘dream synth’. Dave Smith calls it his “most powerful mono synth ever.”

“As synth geeks, we asked ourselves what our dream mono synth would be,” says Smith. “Then we built it.”

Here’s the official intro video for the new Pro 2 synthesizer: Continue reading

Dave Smith On The History Of Synths, From Analog To Digital And Back

This video captures a talk by electronic instrument designer Dave Smith on the history of synths, moving from analog to digital to software and now back to analog.

Smith gave the talk last night at Stanford’s CCRMA (The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics). Continue reading

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12 Module Now Available

dave-smith-instruments-prophet-12-moduleDave Smith Instruments has announced that its Prophet 12 Module is now shipping.

“We have had many requests from professional musicians for a small, easily portable version of the Prophet 12 keyboard, with all the same features and incredible sound,” says Smith. “The new Prophet 12 module is just that: it has all the power of the Prophet 12 keyboard – in fact, it has the exact same voice board – and it fits into a backpack.” Continue reading

The State Of 21st-Century Synthesis

This video captures a panel discussion on The State Of 21st-Century Synthesis, held at the 2014 NAMM Show.

Led by author Mark Vail (Vintage Synthesizers, Beauty In The B, The Synthesizer), the panel features industry leaders offering their take on the state of synthesis.

The panelists, from left to right, are:

  • Composer/synthesist Drew Neumann (Aeon Flux, The Wild Thornberries)
  • Composer/producer & Continuum expert Edmund Eagen
  • Synth designer and MIDI creator Dave Smith
  • Synth designer & sound designer Eric Persing (Roland, Spectrasonics)
  • Gerry Bassermann (E-Mu, Opcode, Be, Propellerhead)

The video is close to 90 minutes long and offers some great perspectives from true gurus of synthesis.  Continue reading