Dave Smith Instruments Prophet ’08 Brass Patch

I’ve never heard a synthesizer that could produce a brass patch as thick and bristly as a Prophet ’08 patch. This, for me, makes the instrument irreplaceable. I would have one (or two) even if it could make no other sound.

For this piece, I’ve had to use a lethargic lumbering tempo, due to the slow attack setting. But it allows you to get a sense of the quality of the sound. In other words, this improvisation is primarily a sound demonstration.

As usual, the P’08 keyboard is paired with a P’08 module. The same patch is used on each instrument and the channels are panned to opposite sides at the mixer. The final touch is to add the layer setting to each instrument. This limits the number of voices to only four (hence, you can hear an occasional “pop” from note-stealing), but each of those voices has eight oscillators of pulse width modulation sounding with each note. In a word, BIG, like a mountain!

DSI Prophet ’08 Keyboard
DSI Prophet ’08 Module

Reverb from Lexicon MX300

Performed live and recorded directly to a Tascam DR-100 MKIII Linear PCM Recorder.

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