NAMM 2017: Dave Smith Instruments Reveals The REV2 Synthesizer
In this video we get introduced to the new REV2 from Dave Smith Instruments, a 16-voice analog poly synth that is designed to be a revamp of the preceding ’08 poly synth. All sounds heard in the video are directly from the REV2.
As Dave Smith explains in the video, the REV2 supplies both a polyphonic step sequencer as well as wavetable modulation, two features that the ’08 poly synth did not have. In addition, it has twice the polyphony of the ’08, making for a much richer sound.
- 2 digitally controlled analog oscillators (DCOs) per voice (plus sub octave on oscillator 1) with selectable sawtooth, triangle, saw/triangle mix, and pulse waves (with pulse-width modulation)
- Glide (portamento): separate rates per oscillator
- White noise generator
- Analog VCAs
- Hard sync
- 1 analog Curtis low-pass filter per voice, selectable 2- and 4-pole operation (self-resonating in 4-pole mode)
- 3 envelope generators: filter, VCA, and assignable (four-stage ADSR + delay); Envelope 3 can loop.
- Polyphonic step sequencer with up to 64 steps (6 notes per step), and ties and rests. Separate 16 x 4 gated step sequencer. Each layer can have a separate sequence.
- 4 LFO’s with key sync per LFO
- 8-slot modulation matrix
- Programmable arpeggiator with up, down, up+down, random, assign modes
- Selectable note value: 16th note, 8th note triplet, 8th note, dotted 8th note, quarter note
- One, two, or three octave range
- Re-latching arpeggiation
- Note repeat
- 5-octave keyboard with semi-weighted action, velocity, and aftertouch
- 52 knobs and 20 buttons enable deep and comprehensive editing with little to no menu diving.
- Spring-loaded pitch wheel and assignable mod wheel
You can go here to learn more about the REV2.