Prophet 6 is Beautiful Machine
The Prophet 6 Desktop Module is a beautifully engineered and manufactured (all in San Francisco, California) synth, from the geniuses at Dave Smith Instruments. The build quality and sounds are amazing, and the layout is perfect--very user-friendly. For those like me who are not experts at sound synthesis, I would highly recommend popping the additional $70 for the software editor from Soundtower, for which there is a link on DSI's website in the Prophet 6 product window. The editor has a virtual reproduction of the synth, which shows the numerical settings for each adjustment--very handy for orientation, editing and learning, since such data is not shown on the synth itself. The software works seamlessly with the outboard synth, allowing navigation, editing, saving, etc without touching the instrument. Although there is no manual yet for the editor, the manual for the Prophet 8 is similar enough to get started. The Soundtower website hints at upcoming plug-in capability for the Prophet 6--meaning, I assume, programmable track assignments, but I'm not sure that's feasible for the hardware. Fantastic instrument here.