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Old 20-06-2014, 10:11 AM   #1
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[Gear Porn] Dave Smith Instruments announce the Pro 2

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"June 19, 2014—Dave Smith Instruments today announced the Pro 2, an all-new, feature-rich monophonic synthesizer. “We really raised the bar with this one,” said Smith. “As synth geeks, we asked ourselves what our dream mono synth would be. Then we built it.”"

Its pretty pricy for a mono, which is the main thing people seem to be kicking it hard for.

But still... Temptation rising.

What are your thoughts on this new synth?

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Old 20-06-2014, 10:39 AM   #2
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Re: [Gear Porn] Dave Smith Instruments announce the Pro 2

Ah, cheers for the move. Sorry about that.

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Old 20-06-2014, 10:41 AM   #3
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Re: [Gear Porn] Dave Smith Instruments announce the Pro 2

It looks really sexy, the things I'd do to those knobs...

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Old 20-06-2014, 10:42 AM   #4
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Re: [Gear Porn] Dave Smith Instruments announce the Pro 2

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It looks really sexy, the things I'd do to those knobs...
Aye, the filtering and modulation on external sounds alone are sexy.

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Re: [Gear Porn] Dave Smith Instruments announce the Pro 2

My first thought was 'wow, who would buy this over a Nordlead4??

Hugely overpriced upgrade to the evolver IMO.

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Re: [Gear Porn] Dave Smith Instruments announce the Pro 2

I still wish I could afford a poly Evolver or even had the space for a mono Evolver keyboard.

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Re: [Gear Porn] Dave Smith Instruments announce the Pro 2

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I still wish I could afford a poly Evolver or even had the space for a mono Evolver keyboard.
Yeah man. My mates evolver keys is a great sounding instrument - totally shit build quality though, his encoders are all over the place now. Think he's getting the 'pot' conversion done which would make it really nice.

I am going a bit off topic here but the hybrid nature of these latest DSi synths is making me wonder what a Blofeld & the Waldorf filter (the one in the Rocket case) combo would sound like. I'm already thinking having the filter separate (along with its 'knobs') would ease the matrix diving on the Blofeld and lots of polyphony for not much cash. Small footprint too.

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Re: [Gear Porn] Dave Smith Instruments announce the Pro 2

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Yeah man. My mates evolver keys is a great sounding instrument - totally shit build quality though, his encoders are all over the place now. Think he's getting the 'pot' conversion done which would make it really nice.

I am going a bit off topic here but the hybrid nature of these latest DSi synths is making me wonder what a Blofeld & the Waldorf filter (the one in the Rocket case) combo would sound like. I'm already thinking having the filter separate (along with its 'knobs') would ease the matrix diving on the Blofeld and lots of polyphony for not much cash. Small footprint too.
Its been suggested that DSI should release a filter box on its own. I'm really interested in feeding things through the Pro 2, as much as what it sounds like in its own right.

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Re: [Gear Porn] Dave Smith Instruments announce the Pro 2

To go even further off topic (and to not jump into the deep end of the other Pro2 discussion...)...yea, Im not very convinced by DSI anymore...I mean, I guess you are getting a shitload of stuff you can use with the Pro2 oscillators and with external gear...but that is an expensive as fuck sequencer and delay pedal...lol.

I think GBs idea of a Blofeld + Waldorf Rocket is interesting. I am more inclined to to forgo the super synths and put together a collection of more reasonably priced synths, filters and FX units that I can route in a variety of ways.

If I won a Pro2 or got one on the cheap somehow, I probably wouldnt sell it though lol. Dunno where the hell I would put it! Though tbf...you really are getting a lot inside the Pro2...
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Re: [Gear Porn] Dave Smith Instruments announce the Pro 2

remember you can build a shruthi if you want an extra, analog filter

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Re: [Gear Porn] Dave Smith Instruments announce the Pro 2

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remember you can build a shruthi if you want an extra, analog filter
Sounds like itchy female girly parts.

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remember you can build a shruthi if you want an extra, analog filter
Yea. But TBH...I really dont want to have to build anything lol. Im really just not good with that kind of stuf...

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Re: [Gear Porn] Dave Smith Instruments announce the Pro 2

seems suspiciously similar to the MFB Dominion 1, looks sick tho!

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Re: [Gear Porn] Dave Smith Instruments announce the Pro 2

Looks pretty sweet! Nice finish ha.
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Re: [Gear Porn] Dave Smith Instruments announce the Pro 2

to join the offtopicness..


seriously somebody needs to make a synth with fully features digitial oscillators (i'm talking wavescanning- not wavetable- granular, and formant oscilators) and analog filters.

Making this synth with analog modeled digital osc's is just madness in my opinion. It's 2014 ffs. maybe Dave is just getting too old to be open minded about this. the pro 2 and 12 just seem like an old man's rick wakeman dream synth. I'm sure you can get great sounds with it but come on.
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to join the offtopicness..


seriously somebody needs to make a synth with fully features digitial oscillators (i'm talking wavescanning- not wavetable- granular, and formant oscilators) and analog filters.

Making this synth with analog modeled digital osc's is just madness in my opinion. It's 2014 ffs. maybe Dave is just getting too old to be open minded about this. the pro 2 and 12 just seem like an old man's rick wakeman dream synth. I'm sure you can get great sounds with it but come on.
Half the waveforms I was looking at today have bugger--all to do with analog modelling.

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Re: [Gear Porn] Dave Smith Instruments announce the Pro 2

Rather than making a new thread for it, just posting here. DSI have released OS Update 1.1 for the Pro 2. Available at [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]

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Have you posted a pic of it in your studio yet!?
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Have you posted a pic of it in your studio yet!?
Heh, doh. I posted pics on FB but forgot to post here. I'll get them uploaded to my blog site so I can link them.

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Re: [Gear Porn] Dave Smith Instruments announce the Pro 2

The arrival:

Close up:

Pro 2 by night:

Pro 2 with Captain America trading cards*:

*Uh, can't remember why. Seemed like a good idea at the time.

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