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I stumbled across an interview with synth engineer an inventor of MIDI, Dave Smith. He founded the company Sequential Circuits back in the 70’s, SC is most known for the popular Prophet 5 analogue synth released in 1978. This was the first polyphonic analogue synth, and the first one to include a patch memory system making it possible to store the sounds you created. The company later made the Prophet VS vector synth in 1986. SC was sold to Yamaha Corporation in 1987. Smith then started working for Korg R&D in California and there he helped create the Korg Wavestation synth (1990), based on the vector technology from the Prophet VS. In the 90’s he was president of Seer Systems, a company known for the first commercial software synthesizer, Reality, released in 1997. He then started Dave Smith Instruments and the digital/analogue hybrid synth DSI Evolver (2002) was their first product . They later made a new eight voice version of the Prophet, called the Prophet ’08. Dave Smith Instruments latest synth is the MoPho, a small one voice analoge monster based on the Prophet ’08.

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Trivia
* The logo of Prophet 5 synth uses the Stop font by Aldo Novarese. It could be yours for NOK 341. Wikipedia is great!
* The “First synth to..” list on Matrixsynth

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Dave Smith Instruments Evolver is a great little monosynth

I found a nice video on Youtube that demonstrates the interesting results you can achieve with the DSI Evolver:

Here’s a smart Youtube tip: add “&fmt=18” at the end of the video url and you’ve got a stereo version of the video! I’m not sure if this applies to every video.. Check the difference in sound quality of the above video by listening to the mono version here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3pmbFASgj4

As you can hear, the stereo version is a lot better. With the DSI Evolver you can make some very interesting stereo sounds, and it’s probably one of the most inspiring synths to program if you’re after some nice evolving sounds.

There exists an alternative manual for Evolver, its called The Definitive Guide to Evolver. It’s made by Anu Kirk and can be downloaded from this location:

http://www.carbon111.com/evolverguide.pdf

Evolver resources on the net:

Does anyboy know other resources on the Evolver? Please post a comment..