Dave Smith calls the Pro 2 his “most powerful mono synth ever.” He's right.
It shares the same exceptional ergonomics and playability as its
12-voice sibling, the Prophet 12, but carves out distinctly different
sonic territory with an all-new dual analog filter architecture, a
monster step sequencer, superwaves, digital bucket-brigade delay, and a
lot more. Nothing else sounds like it and nothing else performs like it.
The Pro 2 raises the bar for mono synths and redefines the word “fat.”
A New Classic for a New Generation
The Pro 2 is a fusion of classic analog synthesizer design and
cutting-edge digital technology. It boasts four high-resolution digital
oscillators, plus a sub oscillator. The oscillators produce both classic
and complex wave shapes and can frequency and amplitude modulate each
other in any operator and modulator configurations you choose for
harmonically-rich FM and AM sounds. A set of Character controls adds
high and low frequency boost, bit and sample rate reduction, and tape
saturation emulation to the Pro 2's sonic palette.
Two New Filters Based On Vintage Designs
At the heart of the Pro 2's gutsy sound is its all-new dual filter
design. Filter 1 is a 4-pole low-pass design inspired by the original
Prophet-5 filter. Filter 2 is a state-variable design inspired by the
Oberheim SEM and can be continuously varied between low-pass, notch, and
high-pass operation, with an optional band-pass mode. The two filters
function in either serial or parallel, or anywhere in between. Two of
the four oscillators can be routed through Filter 1 with the other two
routed through Filter 2 for a broad range of tonal possibilities.
One of the most exciting features of the Pro 2 is its
sequencer—possibly the most powerful step sequencer ever designed for a
synth. With up to 32 steps and 16 tracks, it provides real-time input,
rests, and variable-length sequences. It also syncs to MIDI clock and
external audio input. Sequence tracks can control any parameter in the
Pro 2's extensive modulation matrix.
Plays Well With Modulars
The Pro 2's flexible architecture opens the door to not only
processing external audio, but also to interfacing with modular synths
through its 4 rear-panel control voltage inputs and outputs and a
dedicated gate output. Control voltages can be assigned and routed from
within the modulation matrix and can run at audio rates for extreme
modulation effects. Some of the many parameters that can be sent to the
CV outputs include oscillators, LFOs, envelopes, and sequencer tracks,
making the Pro 2 a natural choice for the center of your studio or live
Delays, Envelopes, LFOs, Arpeggiator, and a Multitude of Modulation
The Pro 2's delay section provides three digital delays with pan,
and high-pass and low-pass filtering controls. A fourth delay is a
digital bucket-brigade delay (BBD) for analog-style effects. There are
four loopable five-stage envelope generators, four syncable LFOs with
slew and phase offset, a full-featured arpeggiator, and a sixteen slot
modulation matrix with dozens of modulation sources and destinations.
Monophonic by Design, Paraphonic by Choice
The Pro 2 was designed primarily as a super-powerful monosynth, but
it’s also a true, four-voice paraphonic synth that allows you to
control each of its four oscillators individually with their own
envelope. This makes playing four-note chords not only possible, but
Package all of this power in a three-and-a-half octave,
semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, add two
backlit pitch and mod wheels and two location and pressure sensitive
touch sliders, and you've got one of the most feature-rich,
awe-inspiring synthesizers ever created.