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Dave Smith Prophet 12

The Dave Smith Prophet 12 is a 12-voice polyphonic synthesizer with 61 semi-weighted velocity sensitive keys with aftertouch. Each of its 12 voices is powered by 5 oscillators that provide saw, square, triangle, and sine waveforms along with 12 selectable shapes as well as 3 types of noise. The oscillators are further shapeable via their AM and FM modulation and analog VCAs.

Beyond its oscillators, the Prophet 12 provides numerous options for sound creation. It includes 5 digital effects as well as analog high-pass and low-pass filters. The synth has no shortage of modulation capabilities, with a 16 x 2 modulation matrix with 26 sources and 97 destinations. The Prophet 12 has over 50 knobs and over 50 buttons that provide full access to all its parameters and effects, giving you hands-on control. The Prophet 12 has 5-pin DIN MIDI input, output, and thru and also accepts MIDI data via its USB port.

Mind-blowing sonic firepower

Dave Smith Instruments’ Prophet 12 packs stunning firepower. The sonic breadth of this synth’s voice architecture is staggering. With 48 oscillators in the engine room (plus 12 sub-oscillators), there’s no limit to the damage you can do. And once you’ve created a patch (or grabbed one of the awesome-sounding presets), you get a universe of deep modulation and effects options to massage it into something no one’s ever heard before. In addition to the Character section, the Prophet 12 offers an army of envelopes; LFOs, delays, and an arpeggiator that can all be synced; and much more – along with a boatload of real-time controllers that include two programmable position-and pressure-sensitive touch sliders.

Juice your sounds with Character

The Dave Smith Prophet 12’s Character section lets gives you powerful, intuitive wave-shaping and sound-sculpting control. The controls in this section sport proprietary Dave Smith circuitry, as well as colorful names that are quite descriptive. When you twist a knob labelled Drive, Hack, Decimation, Girth, or Air – there’s little left to the imagination as to what it’ll do to your sound. Prepare to be amazed. And delighted.

Designed by a synth legend

Dave Smith was the design engineer and driving force behind Sequential Circuits, whose first product was the legendary Prophet 5 in 1977 – the first polyphonic synthesizer capable of storing the value of every parameter within its voicing and control systems. This was a watershed technological breakthrough, and the implications were staggering. Think about this: before the Prophet 5, it simply wasn’t possible to enter a patch number into a synth and recall sounds you had stored. The Prophet 5 and its successors were hugely successful, finding their way into every top studio and major act’s keyboard rig, and onto countless recordings by artists as diverse as Madonna and Weather Report! Impressive, yes – but Dave also had a hand in inventing a little thing called MIDI.

  • 12 voices, each with four oscillators, sub-oscillator, low- and highpass filters, and analog VCAs
  • Character section adds a variety of wave shaping and sound sculpting options
  • Tuned feedback path, a four-tap stereo delay per voice, expanded arpeggiator functionality
  • Deep modulation capabilities, bi-timbral operation
  • Four LFOs and four envelopes per voice
  • LFOs, delay, and arpeggiator can all be synced
  • Grippy pitch and mod wheels; aftertouch
  • Sustain, plus two expression pedal inputs
  • Two programmable position-and pressure-sensitive touch sliders
  • MIDI DIN in, out, and thru; MIDI over USB


Sound Engine Type(s): Digitally-controlled Oscillators

Number of Keys: 61

Type of Keys: Semi-weighted, Velocity-sensitive, Aftertouch

Other Controllers: Pitchbend, Mod Wheel, Aftertouch, 2 x Programmable Touch Sliders

Polyphony: 12 Notes

Number of Effects: 1

Effects Types: Delay (4-tap Stereo per Voice)

Arpeggiator: Yes

Audio Outputs: 4 x 1/4″

Headphones: 1 x 1/4″

MIDI I/O: In/Out/Thru

Pedal Inputs: 1 x Sustain, 2 x Expression

Dimensions: 975 x 325 x 105 mm

Weight: 11.8 kg

Expansion:Poly Chain

Power Supply:110V-240V AC (Included)


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