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Dave Smith Instruments Poly Evolver PE Keyboard 61-key 4-voice Analog/Wavetable Synthesizer with Step Sequencer Reviews

5.0 stars based on 2 customer reviews

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  • John Grabowski

    Definitely not just another analog! This amazing synth combines warm, true-analog sounds with digital wavetable goodness - a unique combination found only in the Evolver series. It's as if you spliced a Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 and Prophet VS (and added a very cool step sequencer to boot) - guaranteed to add refreshing sounds to any keyboard setup!

  • Kenny Bergle

    I have not been this excited and impressed by a synth in a long time. This is an actual analog/wavetable synth from the man who brought you the Prophet 5 and MIDI (among countless other innovations). It utilizes 4 oscillators per voice (2 analog and 2 wavetable) and sounds thick, fat and juicy. Perfect for creating synth timbres ranging from "classic" to wild, evolving morphing sounds that no one has ever heard. The built in analog style sequencer adds another unique level to the Evolver allowing the player to access each oscillator independently. If you want the real deal then look no further.

  • from Bridgeport, WV March 6, 2012Music Background:
    Sound Junkie


    This being my first analog synth, I must say that I am very pleased with my decision. Expensive? Yes, but there is an obvious reason for this from the first time you fire this thing up. This is a serious piece of gear, amatuers need not apply, and I would consider myself schooled after dabbling with this thing. Truly complex sounds that are rich and complex. You looking to emulate that fat analog sound from your favorite records? Found it right here, and beyond. Sounds for days... and be prepared to spend a lot of time with this thing, you will not be able to help yourself. Not wanting to turn the entry level crowd away from this thing, but be prepared to do some research. The best thing this unit has going for it is the user interface being designed for "real time" live applications. Instant satisfaction at the twist of a "pot". No time wasted digging through menu's and sub menu's. Overall an instant classic, that will be in your collection forever.

  • from Encino, CA March 6, 2012Music Background:
    Pro Musician, Programmer, & aspiring producer

    Fresh sounds with classic guts.

    The PEK is one of my favorite synths, even when i have several classic and new analog synths. The knob-per-function interface makes editing a joy and is constantly inspiring new sounds. The 2 analog OSCs are identical to the Prophet '08, and the 2 digital OSCs harken back to the Prophet VS. When combined, along with the numerous mod paths, routable LFOs, analog filters, plus digital distortion, delay, & hack (like a bit-crusher), this machine breathes some fresh air into the slew of analog reissues that do the same old thing. The only drawback is that it's 4-voice, which is just under what i'd generally play (5 or 6), and the pricetag.

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