San Francisco, CA—June 19, 2014—Dave Smith Instruments today introduced 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 ultimate mono synth would be. Then we built it.”
A hybrid instrument, the Pro 2 features four digital oscillators (plus sub-oscillator) with super saw waves and newly-
designed, dual analog filters inspired by classic designs. The filters (one low-pass and one state-variable) can be run
in series or parallel, with the state-variable filter providing low-pass, high-pass, and band-pass modes. Oscillators
can be routed in pairs to either filter for a variety of tonal possibilities. “Our new analog filter design gives the Pro 2
a depth and presence that’s immediately recognizable,” said Smith. “It has a sound all its own—distinctly different
from our other instruments such as the Prophet 12.”
The full-featured multitrack step sequencer operates in 32 x 8, or 16 x 16 mode and allows real-time input. It can
sync to external MIDI clock and can also be driven by an external audio input. Sequences can control not only
oscillator pitch, but any parameter in the Pro 2’s extensive modulation matrix. It supports both rests and variable-
Another notable feature of the Pro 2 is its four rear-panel control voltage inputs and outputs, which make it compatible
with modular synths. The control voltages can be assigned and routed from within the modulation matrix and can
run at audio rates for extreme modulation effects. “A primary goal was to make the Pro 2 as open-ended and flexible
as possible,” said Smith. “The four control voltage ins and outs really open up a world of interfacing possibilities
with other gear. You could almost call the Pro 2 our own mini-modular.”
Smith says that the surprises don’t end there: “A very cool bonus features is that even though we designed it
primarily as a very powerful mono synth, it’s actually four-voice paraphonic—you can play four notes simultaneously, if you want to. Add in the super saws, and you’ve got a very big sound.” In paraphonic operation, the four individual
voices share a common filter and envelopes. Paraphony has gained popularity in recent years and was found in such
vintage instruments as the ARP 2600 and ARP Odyssey, which were duophonic.
The feature set of the Pro 2 is rounded out with a multimode arpeggiator; four stereo, multi-tap delays with analog
modeling; four LFOs; tuned feedback; analog distortion; Character controls with sound sculpting options such as Drive,
Hack, Decimation, Girth, and Air; and extensive modulation possibilities. The LFOs, delay, and arpeggiator can be
synced to either the internal clock or an external MIDI clock. Two programmable position- and pressure-sensitive
touch sliders and pitch and mod wheels provide nuanced control over live performance.
“Right now there’s a trend of reissuing classic synths from the past. People have been asking for a reissue of the old
Sequential Pro-One for quite a while. But as a synth designer, I’m happiest creating new instruments—synths that
with every iteration put more power and better sounds into the hands of musicians. The Pro 2 is light years beyond
the Pro-One in every way. It’s the most powerful mono synth I’ve ever made. You’ve got to keep moving forward.”
The Pro 2 will be available in July of 2014 and will have a U.S. MAP price of $1,999.
View a video demo of the Pro 2 at www.davesmithinstruments.com.
Price and specifications subject to change.
About Dave Smith Instruments
Launched in 2002, Dave Smith Instruments is helmed by legendary musical instrument designer and Grammy®
award winner Dave Smith. Dave’s many accomplishments include the creation of the Prophet-5—the world’s first
fully programmable polyphonic synthesizer—and his legacy as the primary driving force behind MIDI (Musical
Instrument Digital Interface).
Dave Smith Instruments’ products are used by an ever-growing roster of well-known musicians and are available
from music retailers worldwide. Instruments include the Mopho, Tetra, Prophet '08, Prophet 12, and Evolver
synthesizers and the Tempest analog drum machine. Dave Smith Instruments is based in San Francisco, where the
instruments are also manufactured. For more information, visit www.davesmithinstruments.com.