Gear company’s latest unit billed as its “most powerful monosynth ever”.
Dave Smith Instruments has unveiled its new ‘hybrid’ synth, the Pro 2, which the company chief has introduced as a successor of sorts to the much-loved Sequential Circuits Pro-One synth, designed in 1981.
“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,” said Smith.
“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 monosynth I’ve ever made. You’ve got to keep moving forward.”
The Pro 2 has four digital oscillators alongside a sub oscillator, together with super saw waves and dual analog filters. The first of the new filters is a 4-pole low-pass design inspired by the Prophet 5’s filter, and the second is state-variable and based on the Oberheim SEM. The step sequencer can run to up to 32 steps and offers 16 tracks.
Although billed as a mono synth, the unit is also 4-voice paraphonic, meaning it can play four notes simultaneously. Other features include control voltage inputs and outputs and a dedicated gate output, delays, envelopes, LFOs, an arpeggiator and various modulation options.
The Pro 2 arrives in late July with a price tag of $1,999 – see it in action in the video below and dig into the full specifications over at Dave Smith’s website.