Dave Smith Pro2


Looks pretty sweet!


Four DSP-based oscillators plus one sine wave sub oscillator
Four classic wave shapes (saw, square, triangle, sine) per oscillator
Twelve selectable complex shapes per oscillator
13 Superwaves
Three noise types per oscillator: white, pink, violet
Shape modulation/pulse width/superwave detune amount
Oscillator cross modulation: frequency modulation (FM) and amplitude modulation (AM)
Hard sync, individual Glide, Oscillator Slop

Paraphonic Playability

True 4-voice paraphonic mode with individually-gated envelopes per oscillator

Character Effects

Five high-quality digital effects. Thicken the signal and add harmonics or completely destroy the signal pre-filter.
Girth and Air are high and low shelf equalizers with harmonic excitement. Useful for thickening and/or adding air to the signal.
Hack and Decimate are sample and bit rate reduction algorithms which can add subtle grit or completely trash the signal. It’s harsh yet musical.
Drive is a soft saturator for adding soft distortion and harmonic content to the signal


Dual analog filters operate in serial or parallel
Filter 1 is a 4-pole resonant analog low-pass filter inspired by the original Prophet-5 filter.
Filter 2 is a 2-pole resonant analog state-variable filter inspired by the Oberheim SEM filter and can be continuously varied between low-pass, notch, and high-pass operation, with an optional band-pass mode.
Oscillator Split allows oscillators 1 & 2 to be sent to Filter 1 and oscillators 3 & 4 to Filter 2.

Feedback and Delay

Tuned Feedback
Three-tap syncable delay with feedback and amount controls, pan, and high-pass and low-pass filtering, all per delay. A separate fourth delay is a digital bucket-brigade delay (BBD) for analog-style effects.


Five Delay + ADSR envelopes (Filter 1, Filter 2, VCA , and two Auxiliary envelopes)
Auxiliary envelopes 4 and 5 freely assignable to multiple modulation destinations
All envelopes can repeat/loop


Four syncable LFOs with phase offset and slew per LFO


16 x 2 modulation matrix with over 50 mod sources and over 140 mod destinations
Parameters that can be sent to CV outputs include oscillators, LFOs, envelopes, sequencer tracks and any other source within the modulation matrix. Runs up to audio rates.
Gate Out for triggering external CV-compatible devices; any CV in can be used as a gate input.

Control Voltage Ins & Outs and Gate Out

Four 1-volt-per-octave control voltage inputs and outputs for interfacing with modular synths and other CV-compatible devices
Modulation assignment buttons enable quick and easy modulation routing.
Mod Matrix runs up to audio rates.


Advanced step sequencer provides up to 32 steps per sequence and up to 16 tracks.
Supports real-time input, rests, and variable-length sequences
Syncs to MIDI clock and external audio and CV input
Sequences can control not only oscillator pitch but any parameter in the modulation matrix.


Sophisticated arpeggiator with up, down, up+down, random, assign modes
Supports real-time input, rests, and variable-length sequences
Re-latching arpeggiation

Programmable Distortion

Stereo analog distortion


More than 50 knobs and 65 buttons enable deep and comprehensive editing with minimal menu diving.
Backlit pitch and mod wheels are easily visible in low-light situations and have a smooth yet precise feel and response.
Independently adjustable upper and lower pitch wheel range
Two assignable position- and pressure-sensitive latchable touch sliders for enhanced interactivity and control
Full-sized, three-and-a-half-octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and aftertouch


396 user and 396 factory programs
Playlist mode for generating easily accessible setlists of your favorite programs


1 MIDI In, 1 MIDI out, and 1 MIDI Thru/Out 2 port
USB port for bidirectional MIDI communication
4 CV inputs (4 x 1/8" jack)
4 CV outputs (4 x 1/8" jack)
1 Gate Out (1/8" jack))
1 Sustain/footswitch input
1 expression pedal input
1 external audio input (1/4" phone jack)
Main stereo output (2 x 1/4" phone jack)
Headphone out (stereo 1/4" phone jack)


1 universal IEC AC power inlet for internal power supply
Operates worldwide on voltages between 100-240v, 50-60Hz, 30 watts maximum power consumption

Physical Specs

Walnut end panels and trim
Dimensions: approximately 29.2" L x 12.8" W x 4.15" H (74.2 cm x 32.5 cm x 10.5 cm)
Weight: 18.7 lbs (8.5 kg)

Looks cool but no price, no interest.

Retail is $1999

Is that an estimated price? I looked around but couldn’t find the actual retail list price on any store sites yet.

Haha, I knew that Dave will produce a slim version of P12.

This also makes an appearance in the promo video, apparently worked on for many years with no joy by a secret division of Dave Smith Instruments, until they recently hired someone called Ian, who is a chip off the old electromusic block, it seems:

Thats the price quoted in their press release.

At least it has better filters; I don’t like the Curtis sound so much. But 2 grand is too rich for a mono synth, I think.

mono/poly synth :smiley:

Yes, indeed, and that does make it more attractive. And I didn’t mean to sound like I was dissing it, looks like a really nice machine. I have a lot of mono synths :slight_smile: and will spend my money on other equipment (like a Dangerous Music D-Box and a Neumann KM-184, maybe a Neve pre). Though I do have a Sub 37 on order…

2k for a Mono? Heck, id never thought i say this, but i’d hunt for a Voyager Old School Instead. Or ill just pair a Shruthi with a 49 Key Keyboard.

Next is the Pro 8 as 4 Voice Expander followed by the Pro8^2 4 Voice Keyboard….

Im so glad i bought that VS instead :wink:

All that money and it’s not even analogue? :slight_smile:

When I read the specs, my first thought was “Wait, did they make a Shruthi with an SVF and hide it in a keyboard?” It even as the “super waveforms” or “pad” on the Shruthi, haha.
The only part of the P12 I didn’t like was the filter. This new filter configuration looks better on paper, but I haven’t heard it in person yet. Now put it in the P12, and I’ll be very interested!

I couldn’t believe that a mono synth from DSI would cost 2000$. This just goes to show you how expensive the casing is! Or maybe the licensing of the Oberhiem filter, the new state variable 2pole filter, was pricey? However, I think the CV is what raised the price. They are trying to sell it as an all-in-one modular controller. Not a bad market to break into.

Sounds interesting and looks gorgeous. I like how the DSI pricing makes Elektron gear seem affordable and Moog gear overpriced. :wink:

I wonder why Dave Smith always has a bottle of booze in the background of his videos.

Good Point! And it always looks mostly empty……

Dude likes to party.

I don´t think it is that pricey considering the paraphony, that super sequencer, the 4 CV in/out and Midi sequencing combined, and Moog´s Sub37 price.

Seems like a very attractive synth, plus you might get some $ less as a street price, the 2000 are the list price.

EDIT: Already seen it at 1700 street price pre-order.

I noticed the booze as well. Dude does look like he loves presenting new toys.

Being a big fan of the Korg Mono/Poly for a long time I found this synth looks/sounds interesting. I’m not willing or able to pay 2K for a Korg or that new one, though :frowning: