I dunno, there's no pleasing some people. Imagine â€“ you go to all the trouble of creating one of the most well received analog synthesizers in a while, taking the name of the original and hallowed Prophet name from the original SCI Prophet V, people love it, you're the talk of the town and then people start nagging at you for a new version.
A: Stomp off to your workshop in a huff to work on more pressing matters, such as the collaboration with Roger Linn and stop answering the phone?
B: Make a new Prophet 08 PE (pot edition) with potentiometers, like the the original Prophet.
Answer is B of course. Dave Smith, being the kind of guy he is, has announced a new Prophet '08 PE (pot edition) so all the folks who are used to the old school way of doing things, can twiddle to their hearts content in the true vintage style.
Or not â€“ the new PE has three modes: Relative, Passthru, and Jump. In Relative mode, the value change is relative to the preset value. In Passthru mode, turning the pot has no effect until after the edited value equals the preset value (that is, until the edited value "passes through" the stored value). Jump mode uses an absolute value based upon the position of the pot when edited; turn a pot and the value jumps immediately from the stored value to the edited value.
According to Mr Dave:
Since the release of the Prophet '08 in August 2007, we have received numerous requests for a version with more "vintage-style" controls. The standard Prophet '08 primarily uses rotary encoders for its front panel controls, but some customers prefer potentiometers (AKA "pots") like those used on the vintage Prophets, particularly for the more performance-oriented parameters like filter cutoff and resonance. The new Prophet '08 Pot Edition offers an alternative with 38 of the 52 front panel parameters controlled by pots; rotary encoders are still used for the remainder of the controls
The MSRP of the Prophet '08 Pot Edition is $2,309.00 and it is available now