Dave Smith Instruments today officially introduced the Prophet 12 Module – the power and sound of the Prophet 12 Keyboard, in a synth module.
Each of the Prophet’s twelve voices is composed of a brand new hybrid digital/analog architecture that sounds different than any other DSI line of synths, yet ‘retains the true Prophet vibe’.
Here’s Dave Smith introducing the Prophet 12 Module: Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: This 80′s style synth jam, via RetroSound, explores the sounds of tow of Dave Smith’s classic Sequential Circuits designs, the Sequential Prophet VS & the Pro-One. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s a 80′s style retronica synth jam, via SynthMania, for Sequential Circuits Drumtraks and Six-Trak, and Roland Juno-60.
Reader Goat Monster let us know about an unofficial firmware upgrade for the classic Sequential Circuits Prophet 600 that adds a lot of features, including greater resolution for sound parameters, faster envelope generators, new LFO function generator, advanced MIDI in control and more.
Here’s what the Prophet 600 firmware update offers: Continue reading
Dave Smith Instruments has announced that, as of Monday, June 1st, they are shipping the new Prophet 12 synthesizer to dealers, from their San Fransicsco, CA factory.
Here’s the DSI crew celebrating with Prophet 12 serial number 1: Continue reading
This video, via DJ Tech Tool’s Ean Golden, captures a recent interview with electronic music pioneers Dave Smith (the Prophet V, MIDI) and Roger Linn (the LinnDrum, the MPC).
The interview focuses on the key technologies that Linn & Smith have been involved with and their uses for making electronic music.
Roland today released this video celebrating the 30th Anniversary of MIDI, which has become a massively important industry standard, due to the vision of Sequential Circuit’s Dave Smith, Roland’s Ikutaro Kakehashi and others.
The BBC has published an interesting retrospective on the history of MIDI, celebrating 30 years of MIDI.
The article quotes MIDI creator Dave Smith on the origin of MIDI:
“You could play one keyboard with your right hand and another keyboard with your left hand,” says Dave Smith, a synthesiser manufacturer from California who was working on the issue back then. ”But [musicians] couldn’t play more than one at the same time because there was no way of electrically interconnecting them,” he remembers.
“Computers were fast enough to be able to sequence notes, control the number of keyboards and drum machines at the same time? it kind of opened up a whole new industry.”