Dave Smith founded Sequential Circuits, the premier manufacturer of professional music synthesizers, in the mid-70s. In 1977, he designed the Prophet-5, the world's first microprocessor-based musical instrument. This revolutionary product was the world's first polyphonic and programmable synth, and set the standard for all synth designs that have followed. The Prophet instruments played a major part in the recordings of all popular music styles, and are still prized by musicians today.
Dave is also generally known as the driving force behind the generation of the MIDI specification in 1981in fact, he coined the acronym. In 1987 he was named a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) for his continuing work in the area of music synthesis.
After Sequential, Dave was President of DSD, Inc, an R&D division of Yamaha, where he worked on physical modeling synthesis and software synthesizer concepts. He then started the Korg R&D group in California, which went on to produce the professional musician favorite Wavestation products and other technology. He then took over as President at Seer Systems and developed the world's first software based synthesizer running on a PC. This synth, commissioned by Intel, was demonstrated by Andy Grove in a Comdex keynote speech in 1994. Over 10 million of his second-generation software synth have been sold, which was licensed to Creative Labs in 1996, and is responsible for 32 of the 64 voices in the AWE 64 line of Sound Cards.
The third generation is the world's first first fully professional software synthesizer, Reality, released in 1997. Reality was rated the highest of any synth by Electronic Musician magazine. Now he's designing hardware instruments again with the Evolver, Poly Evolver, Evolver Keyboard, Prophet '08, Mopho, Tetra, Mopho Keyboard, Tempest, Mopho x4, and Prophet 12 synths
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Latest videos about Dave Smith Instruments
||NAMM 2014:Dave Smith and the Prophet 12 Desktop
Jan 23, 2014 - NAMM 2014:Dave Smith and the Prophet 12 Desktop We talk.
||NAMM2013 Dave Smith Prophet 12
Feb 3, 2013 - 12-voice polyphonic synth With Dave Smith himself!
||NAMM2013 Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12
Jan 26, 2013 - Think it's just another analog synth? Then you might want to check out this video.
||Mopho x4 Synthesizer Keyboard Introduction
Aug 2, 2012 - It's a polyphonic Mopho keyboard! Mopho x4 is the newest addition to DSI's revered line of analog subtractive synthesizers. Building upon the same award winning voice architecture of the Mopho and Mopho Keyboard, the Mopho x4 boasts huge sound and 4 voice polyphony in an ideally sized, portable,...
||NAMM2011 Dave Smith Instruments Tempest
Jan 3, 2012 - Dave Smith prefers to call this a musical instrument, not a drum machine - and you'll likely agree after seeing the video of this buzz-worthy new product.
||Sonic LAB: Mopho Keyboard Review
Jul 3, 2010 - After the unboxing, here's the full review. Firstly thanks for all the questions, I've tried to answer as many as possible in the video, and also in the comments. There is an accompanying article over at [site]
||Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard
May 20, 2010 - Dave Smith Instruments has begun shipping the Mopho keyboard.
||Dave Smith at NAMM 2010 - Mopho with keys and Tetr4
Jan 20, 2010 - Dave Smith shows off their new Mopho w/keyboard and Tetr4
Latest news about Dave Smith Instruments
|Jan 22, 2015||Sequential is Back with Prophet 6|
|Jan 25, 2013||Dave Smith Instruments Launches Prophet 12|
|Aug 2, 2012||Dave Smith Instruments Launches Mopho x4|
|Jan 19, 2011||Dave Smith and Roger Linn releases Tempest|
|May 6, 2010||Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard Now Shipping|
|Mar 22, 2010||Mopho Keyboard is Coming Soon|
|Jan 16, 2010||Dave Smith unveils Mopho with keys|
|Nov 6, 2009||Dave Smith Instruments releases updated Poly Evolver Keyboard|
|Aug 6, 2009||Dave Smith unveils Tetra Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer|
|May 23, 2009||Prophet 08 Pot Edition - Picture|
|May 21, 2009||Introducing the Prophet 08 Pot Edition|
|Sep 26, 2008||Dave Smith Instruments Mopho|
|Dec 29, 2007||BoomChik or LinnDrum ?|
|Aug 20, 2007||Dave Smith announces Prophet ' 08|
|Jan 31, 2007||Dave Smith and Roger Linn at work ?|
|Jan 20, 2006||Evolver goes Mono|
|Apr 21, 2005||Evolver editor update to 1.4|
|Jan 22, 2005||Poly Evolver keyboard on the deck|
|Nov 18, 2004||DSI Evolver editor coming soon|
|Oct 28, 2003||Evolver updates|
|Sep 25, 2003||Dave Smith Instruments is Busy!|
|Jan 31, 2003||Curtis chips again?|
|Dec 28, 2002||The Prophet's return...||
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