I found a Prophet 8 quite cheap nearby. So I went into the local SynthDen and played it… and much much preferred the P12. I wonder why?
I’m after something a bit more inspiring, and immediate than my current hardware. I love my Ambika, but I’d need to build a second for more voices and build a dedicated MIDI controller. I need knobs!
Obviously they are similar, and im aware they both sound great. More after peoples feelings who have/know both. Is your Ambika sitting ignored once you’ve picked up the Prophet? Do you find yourself reverting back to the Ambikas SMR filter for some things? I wanted an Analog Poly to compliment my Ambika, but have accidentally fallen in love with a similar hybrid synth. Just trying to justify owning two similar polys
differentst ? less equal?
You are right at first i didn’t plan on commenting here because i only know the prophet 12 from demo’s on the internet. But i do know the Ambika. And i’m quite sure the Prophet 12 will have a lot less aliasing
Indeed the P12 is a very fine synth. Nevertheless i didn’t buy it, it has been beaten by the VS which is vastly more inspiring (hell why has the P12 no Vector Mixer?? Its all there with the 4 OSCs) and easier to get interesting results, even it has only one Slider instead of all these knobs.
So you see its not a matter of the amount of physical UI Elements or whatever, after all what counts is that the Synth makes you want to make Music.
Bottom line for jimi23 - if the P12 makes you dream of music go and get it.
I have never been fond of the DSI Curtiss Filters, but that’s just me, I guess. Depending on your budget, you may wish to consider a John Bowen Solaris. Not analog, but excellent emulations as well as much more synthesis capability, extensive interface, widespread controllers including ribbon and Vector joystick, etc…
The Solaris is a never ending construction site…… the Firmware seems far from being finished and it has some severe UI quirks. Nothing i would send someone a Fund of 1500€ to wait an unpredictable amount of time to finally pay 3,6k€. This said the Solaris is a fine thing to play - if you can test-drive one. Sounds great.
Well, Solaris construction has now stabilized, and they are doing production runs of 50. The latest has sold out, and they opened up another run; I think people are waiting no more than 6 months. The firmware is pretty robust, it is now a matter of certain upgrades, which admittedly have been delayed. John Bowen is very active on his forum and is in constant contact with owners and soon-to-be owners. I am curious as to what are the severe UI quirks you mentioned. I have a Ambika 4P x6, and it works very well with Solaris. I am actually able to get very close to the Ambika sounds on the Solaris, almost to the point I am considering different filters for the Ambika.
Anyway, the proof is in the playing- if you get a chance to play a Solaris you may be very impressed.
imho DSI filter is awful- or the oscs are awful and the filter seems worse than it actually is… that synth sound is very lifeless to me. its a pity because of the deep modulation the DSI synths offer. never been able to get it sitting right in a mix. i was really surprised to see this guy mimicking settings from the obxa so well