San Francisco, CA—June 5, 2015—Dave Smith Instruments is pleased to announce that its new Prophet-6 six-voice analog synthesizer features faithful recreations of the original factory sounds from its legendary 1970’s predecessor, the Prophet-5. To program the sounds, the company enlisted the talents of the original sound designer, John Bowen. Presets 411-458 on the new instrument correspond to presets 1-1 to 5-8 on the Prophet-5.
The Prophet-6 takes the best qualities of the Prophet-5 — true voltage-controlled oscillators, filters, and amplifiers — and adds enhancements the older instrument never had, such as stereo outputs, velocity and aftertouch sensitivity, dual digital effects, a high-pass filter, a polyphonic step sequencer, an arpeggiator, and of course, MIDI. It is targeted at musicians looking for authentic, vintage analog tone with the reliability and convenience of modern technology.
John Bowen was Sequential Circuits’ original Product Specialist. He created the majority of factory sounds and sequences shipped with the Prophet 5, Prophet 10, Prophet T-8, Prophet VS, and other Sequential products. An acclaimed synth designer in his own right, Bowen’s pedigree includes instruments for Moog, Sequential Circuits, Yamaha, Korg, Creamware, and his own company, Zarg Music.
Describing the genesis of the project, Bowen said, “When Dave first revealed the Prophet-6, I was curious to see if I could recreate the original factory presets I did for the Prophet-5, and asked if he’d like me to try. When I received the synth, I was impressed with the additional functions available. Dave’s enhancement to my original Poly Mod design adds bi-polar control signals and allows for even more flexibility. And having a high-pass filter allows you to create sounds unattainable on the original Prophet-5. I was happy to find that I was able to accurately recreate the bulk of my presets.” Added Bowen: “In fact, it was great to be able to spice up some of them a bit with the new FX section — which I think is an essential feature in today’s market. I congratulate Dave on creating a very impressive synth!”
As Dave Smith put it, “Bringing the classic Prophet-5 presets back to life on the Prophet-6 was a great way to connect our past with our present. The fact that John was able to duplicate his old sounds so well is a testament to the sonic integrity of the new instrument.” Added Smith: “It’s not often that you get an opportunity to improve on a past achievement — especially one as influential as the Prophet-5, which totally changed the musical landscape of the time. Creating the Prophet-6 has been every bit as satisfying. ”
The Prophet-6 is available now with a MAP of $2,799.
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 Evolver, Mopho, Tetra, Prophet ʼ08, Prophet 12, and Pro 2 synthesizers, as well as 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.
About John Bowen
John Bowen has been involved in synthesizer and sound design since the early 1970s, contributing to instruments from Moog, Sequential Circuits, Yamaha, Korg, and Creamware. He was Sequential Circuits’ original Product Specialist and created the majority of the factory sounds and sequences for the Prophet 5, Prophet 10, Prophet 600, Prophet T-8, Prophet VS, and other Sequential products.
John later became product manager for Korg’s Wavestation series and a member of Korg’s development teams for the OASYS and Z1 synthesizers. John subsequently joined Creamware to develop the modular system used in Pulsar/Scope. Now working as an independent instrument designer, John’s latest creation is the Solaris, which features virtual analog, wavetable, and vector synthesis, as well as user sample playback. For more information, visit www.johnbowen.com.