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Unlike the Prophet 08 (which uses digitally controlled analogue Oscs), the P12 uses powerful Sharc DSPs to produce new high-resolution, anti-aliasing digital waves.
At its heart are 12 voices (with four digital oscillators per voice, plus a single sine sub osc) and a completely analogue signal path from the filters to the output.
In use, the P12 is a dream to play and work with, and everything you would expect from an analogue synth is onboard. Its overall character is best described as precise, upfront, punchy and organic. It excels at everything from low-filtered background pads and sizzling strings, to fat basses, industrial clangorous tones, authentic FM four-op sounds, sweet bubbling arpeggiated FX and authentic analogue-style leads, pads and brass. It's a real testament to the quality of the analogue-style waves.
The price is definitely on the high side, but this is a pretty unique synth, both in terms of sonics and features.5 Stars
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