Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Buy Pot

So I finally got myself to purchase the Pot upgrade for the Prophet 08.

The original Prophet had a couple of issues
One was that all knobs were rotary encoders, which meant that you couldn't picture what the sound parameters were just by looking the panel, because the knobs were rotating endlessly.
The other problem was that a whole batch of these early Prophets came out with a set of faulty encoders, leading the owner to periodically do Deoxit surgery.

Both these issues are solved with the Pot edition, which brings back traditional, trustworthy potentiometers. And for the encoder version, the upgrade is available from DSI for 249$ (I've got a better deal, actually, because my Prophet was one of the faulty units).

It might seem a bit pricey, but the truth is, the upgrade brings the Prophet 08 back to where it should have begun. That is, the price of the instrument plus the price of the upgrade is pretty much the correct price one should pay for an 8-voice analog synthesizer. The instrument becomes a LOT more fun to program and play, so if you're a serious Prophet user like myself, you might definitely want to consider the upgrade. There's no doubt in my mind it's a safe bet on the future of a classic instrument.

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