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by Jinsai
Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:35 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Prophet 12 new user review
Replies: 35
Views: 16310

Re: Prophet 12 new user review

Read the review on page 1. EACH oscillator (of which there are 4 per voice) can be set to use up to 3 waveshapes - a left, center, and right, and you can modulate between the 3, using any combination of mod sources. So yeah, it can be "recorded". It isn't PPG-style wavetable synthesis, because the "...
by Jinsai
Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:10 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Envelope issues (?)
Replies: 7
Views: 1252

Re: Envelope issues (?)

JX-3P is a 2-oscillator synth with 6 voices. You could get something like a Nord Lead 2, which has a similar architecture but 16 voices in single-patch mode. Or you could use software synths.
by Jinsai
Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:09 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Prophet 12 new user review
Replies: 35
Views: 16310

Re: Prophet 12 new user review

To clarify a few things: - Regarding the basic patch trick, I consider this a bonus feature, rather than an essential. It only took me a few minutes to set up the basic patch the way I like, and it helped me learn all the parameters. - I agree these things should be documented. Usually they do get a...
by Jinsai
Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Prophet 12 new user review
Replies: 35
Views: 16310

Re: Prophet 12 new user review

PYM (the guy who does all the software for DSI) posted on another site that there is a shortcut to create a basic patch: Latch 1 button + HOLD in the arpeggiator section. He's fond of these kinds of undocumented shortcuts.
by Jinsai
Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Prophet 12 new user review
Replies: 35
Views: 16310

Re: Prophet 12 new user review

For EACH oscillator, you can pick the "main" wave shape, plus a "left" and a '"right" shape. When the shape parameter is greater than zero, it starts morphing to the right shape. At 127, it's all right shape. When the shape parameter is less than zero, it starts morphing to the left shape. At 127, i...
by Jinsai
Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:59 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Prophet 12 new user review
Replies: 35
Views: 16310

Re: Prophet 12 new user review

As requested, some very simple demonstrations of wave shapes with sweeping/modulation, FM synthesis, and a "warm analog bass".

http://alonetone.com/anu/playlists/prop ... nstrations

Signal path is Prophet 12 -> Mackie 1604 -> MOTU Traveler, using Cubase 7.04 on Windows. 320 kbps MP3s.
by Jinsai
Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:28 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Prophet 12 new user review
Replies: 35
Views: 16310

Prophet 12 new user review

My Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12 arrived a week ago. I have had several hours to investigate it - far from comprehensive, but enough to have some opinions and thoughts. Overall This is the new DSI flagship. It says "this is the best of our experience and knowledge". They have taken everything th...
by Jinsai
Sat Jun 29, 2013 8:04 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: DSI Prophet 12 release date?
Replies: 34
Views: 7096

Re: DSI Prophet 12 release date?

Copying patches is actually really, really fast - you can hit "WRITE", turn a soft knob one click, and then keep hitting write, turning one click and overwrite a whole bank in maybe a minute. I have finally had some time to dig in to the synth. It's really, really good. The "oscillator slop" paramat...
by Jinsai
Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: The "Fake" PWM method
Replies: 26
Views: 16612

Re: The "Fake" PWM method

Hard sync makes one wave (the slave) reset its waveform when the other wave (the master) restarts. The "resetting within a cycle" effect of hard sync effectively changes the shape of the wave, which changes the harmonic structure and thus the timbre or sound of the oscillator. Pulse waves are unique...
by Jinsai
Thu Jun 27, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: DSI Prophet 12 release date?
Replies: 34
Views: 7096

Re: DSI Prophet 12 release date?

Given the focus on sound quality, would you all prefer MP3s with no video, or YouTube videos with weak sound? I will spend some time on the above requests this weekend. My initial impressions after a few hours: Physical - Build quality is by far the best DSI has put out. I would agree with others wh...
by Jinsai
Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: DSI Prophet 12 release date?
Replies: 34
Views: 7096

Re: DSI Prophet 12 release date?

Well, I got one. Just picked it up and then went away on a business trip. I will be spending most of my free time with it over the next few days - if you have any questions or want to see anything in particular, I will try to answer. (Please note that I am not much of a piano player, so don't expect...
by Jinsai
Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:38 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: DSI Prophet 12 release date?
Replies: 34
Views: 7096

Re: DSI Prophet 12 release date?

Totally different sound engine from all previous DSI synths, though there are some things in common with Evolver and Tetra.. Main difference is the oscillators. All previous DSI synths had DCOs, and many also had single-cycle wavetable oscillators as well. The Prophet 12 features all-new fully digit...
by Jinsai
Tue May 21, 2013 10:14 pm
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Gary Numan - the pleasure principle, best phaser ever?
Replies: 13
Views: 6107

Re: Gary Numan - the pleasure principle, best phaser ever?

Numan was a Queen fan - Roger Taylor, Queen's drummer, played on "Dance".
by Jinsai
Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:55 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Sampling your Analog monophonic Synthesizer
Replies: 13
Views: 2908

Re: Sampling your Analog monophonic Synthesizer

I think you're just expending a lot of effort on something silly. If you want a polyphonic synth, well, go get a polyphonic synth! Sampling a single note of a monosynth patch and pitching it up and down in a sampler is really inefficient, and multi-sampling a patch is even more inefficient. If you r...
by Jinsai
Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:57 am
Forum: General Synthesizers
Topic: Synth Deflation?
Replies: 30
Views: 4465

Re: Synth Deflation?

Vintage gear prices are a combination of scarcity (an inevitably shrinking pool of gear in good working condition) and hype - yesterday's trite, lame keyboard is one hit or genre away from being tomorrow's amazing vintage piece. Buy instruments to play them. If the price is worth it when you buy it,...