Dave Smith Evolver
  • Monstrous four oscillator voice architecture.
  • True stereo signal path with separate Curtis analog low-pass filters in each channel.
  • Dedicated onboard effects (feedback, delay, distortion, high-pass filter, etc.).
  • 16 x 4 step sequencer really brings the Evolver to life with evolving “pseudo-polyphonic” sounds – you won’t believe it's mono!
  • Stereo audio input for audio processing of external stereo or mono signals, enabling the synth to act as a unique stereo effects processor.
  • Everything (sequencer, LFOs, and delay) syncs perfectly to MIDI.
  • Easy-to-navigate matrix-style interface for quick editing and real-time control of 8 parameters simultaneously.
  • Multiple Evolvers can be daisy-chained for more polyphony.

Overview

The original desktop Evolver is a compact monophonic synthesizer that packs an amazing amount of sonic power into a small package. It features two analog oscillators and two digital oscillators utilizing the waves from the legendary Prophet VS. Classic Curtis analog lowpass filters and real analog VCAs round out the analog section. But what really sets the Evolver apart from the rest of the pack is the way in which analog and digital are integrated. The LFOs, step sequencer, and three separate delays can all be synced for massive, rhythmic, time-based effects in stereo.

Specifications

  • Oscillators: 2 digitally controlled analog oscillators (DCOs) with selectable sawtooth, triangle, saw/triangle mix, and pulse waves (with pulse-width modulation), and hard sync; 2 digital wavetable oscillators with Prophet VS waves and wave sequencing capability, FM and ring modulation
  • White noise generator
  • 2 Low-pass filters: 1 analog Curtis filter per channel, selectable 2- and 4-pole operation (self-resonating in 4-pole mode)
  • 3 Envelope Generators: filter, VCA, and assignable (four-stage ADSR)
  • 4 LFOs
  • Glide (portamento): separate rates per oscillator
  • Analog VCAs
  • Digital high-pass filter
  • Digital delays: 3 separate, syncable, stereo delay lines
  • Tuned feedback with "Grunge": use feedback as a pitched sound source
  • Distortion and "Output Hack"
  • 16 x 4 step sequencer
  • 512 fully editable programs (four banks of 128)

Ins and Outs

  • MIDI In, Out, and Thru.
  • Stereo audio input: 1/4" unbalanced
  • Stereo audio output: 1/4" unbalanced

Includes power supply for 110V – 240V AC operation (13-15 VDC, 500 mA) and operation manual.