One Voice to Rule Them All
The Pro 2 is Dave Smith’s flagship mono synth, and as Dave himself puts it, his “most powerful mono synth ever.” The Pro 2 shares the same exceptional ergonomics and playability as its 12-voice sibling, the Prophet 12, but carves out distinctly different sonic territory with an all-new dual analog filter architecture, a monster step sequencer, superwaves, digital bucket-brigade delay, and a lot more. Nothing else sounds like it and nothing else performs like it. It raises the bar for monosynths and redefines the word “fat.”
A New Classic for a New Generation
The Pro 2 is a fusion of classic analog synthesizer design and cutting-edge digital technology. It boasts four high-resolution digital oscillators, plus a sub oscillator. The oscillators produce both classic and complex wave shapes and can frequency and amplitude modulate each other in any operator and modulator configurations you choose for harmonically-rich FM and AM sounds. A set of Character controls adds high and low frequency boost, bit and sample rate reduction, and tape saturation emulation to the Pro 2’s sonic palette.
Two New Filters Based on Vintage Designs
At the heart of the Pro 2’s gutsy sound is its all-new dual filter design. Filter 1 is a 4-pole low-pass design inspired by the original Prophet-5 filter. Filter 2 is a state-variable design inspired by the Oberheim SEM and can be continuously varied between low-pass, notch, and high-pass operation, with an optional band-pass mode. The two filters function in either serial or parallel, or anywhere in between. Two of the four oscillators can be routed through Filter 1 with the other two routed through Filter 2 for a broad range of tonal possibilities.
One of the most exciting features of the Pro 2 is its sequencer—possibly the most powerful step sequencer ever designed for a synth. With up to 32 steps and 16 tracks, it provides real-time input, rests, and variable-length sequences. It also syncs to MIDI clock and external audio input. Sequence tracks can control any parameter in the Pro 2’s extensive modulation matrix.
Plays Well with Modulars
The Pro 2’s flexible architecture opens the door to not only processing external audio, but also to interfacing with modular synths through its 4 rear-panel control voltage inputs and outputs and a dedicated gate output. Control voltages can be assigned and routed from within the modulation matrix and can run at audio rates for extreme modulation effects. Some of the many parameters that can be sent to the CV outputs include oscillators, LFOs, envelopes, and sequencer tracks, making the Pro 2 a natural choice for the center of your studio or live setup.
Delays, Envelopes, LFOs, Arpeggiator, and a Multitude of Modulation
The Pro 2’s delay section provides three digital delays with pan, and high-pass and low-pass filtering controls. A fourth delay is a digital bucket-brigade delay (BBD) for analog-style effects. There are four loopable five-stage envelope generators, four syncable LFOs with slew and phase offset, a full-featured arpeggiator, and a sixteen slot modulation matrix with dozens of modulation sources and destinations.
Monophonic by Design, Paraphonic by Choice
The Pro 2 was designed primarily as a super-powerful monosynth, but it’s also a true, four-voice paraphonic synth that allows you to control each of its four oscillators individually with their own envelope. This makes playing four-note chords not only possible, but very expressive.
Package all of this power in a three-and-a-half octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, add two backlit pitch and mod wheels and two location and pressure sensitive touch sliders, and you’ve got one of the most feature-rich, awe-inspiring synthesizers ever created.
Yup, all those Sub 37s they've shipped are really leading the way! kfhkh srsly tho... I wonder what the spread is on who ships first, DSI Pro 2 or Moog Sub 37. My pre-order is staying with Moog, but my money is on DSI! :amaze:
...to make more than 2 button presses to tweak anything, so it's VERY immediate. Much more so than my DSI Pro 2 and my Waldorf XT, which are two of my go-to synths. I can't tell you enough just how well thought out this is in nearly every way I've used it. 6. It's not...
...total) Moog Grandmother Polyend Poly 2 eurorack midi to CV interface Nerdseq Nord Drum 3P Roland R8M Roland Alpha Juno 1 with Midiclub JunoCTRL Roland V-Synth DSI Pro 2 Yamaha TX7 Korg Monologue, Volca Drum, and Volca FM Also probably some stuff I’m overlooking. Plus some midi controlled FX like the KP3, and usb midi controllers like my Novation Remote 37mk1, Push 2, and...
There was always something special about the vintage mono synths I used to own, like the SCI Pro One and the Octave CAT. Maybe some of it is nostalgia, but that doesn't explain all of it. Even when I listen to old recordings of those synths it's easy to hear they had a sound quality that was hard...
The Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 Synthesizer really needs no introduction. DSI does a great job with their products, and the build quality is fantastic. Personally, I was looking to downscale my studio to one hardware based synthesizer that would act as both my midi controller, and as my main...
...in flexibility. The flexible Matrix, audio and CV and MIDI i/o options are top class and for me it substitutes a complete modular. It could act AS the braun of a modular or just extended with single or few modular components.
The only thing i still miss is linear FM and ring mod, but even...
Sound Quality: The sound quality of the Pro 2 is fantastic and with all its features you can really bring out all kinds of wonderful sounds from it. It is a hybrid synth with digital oscillators and dual analog filters. The first filter is a 4-pole Low Pass filter and the second filter is a 2-pole...