It seems Dave Bryce of Dave Smith Instruments couldn’t wait until next month’s NAMM trade show to confirm the existence of the DSI Mono Evolver Keyboard, which he did yesterday in a thread on Harmony Central’s User Forums.


Those pining for a modern version of the Sequential Circuits Pro One are about to get their wish. BT already has. Look on page 21 of the December Keyboard magazine and you’ll see what at first appears to be a vintage 3-octave mono synth, complete with obligatory wooden end caps. Upon closer inspection, you’ll see a familiar looking blue panel.


No word yet on the specs or price but it doesn’t take a soothsayer to predict that it will have the same mix of analog and digital hotness that its namesake Evolver does, now with keys and a plethora of knobs for tweaking. If DSI can manage to deliver this for the rumored under $1,000 US, it will have quite a hit on its hands.


Photo as posted to Harmony Central forum:


Ed.: I have to admit, Lee caught this way before I did. He spotted this in Keyboard and made just this guess before the story showed up on the forum. Music thing notes the price should be $1199 — meaning it would hit around $1000 street. Lee and I should be meeting with the Dave Smith folks next month in Anaheim. Provided they don’t go all Apple on us, of course. Stay tuned. -PK

  • baron von moogthoven

    Cant wait to try one, but if you have that Keyboard issue is how BT is whoring his sponsors- look at all the crap M-Audio grear thats featured in the photos- including going so far as whoring an M-Audio controller on the front cover… the same goes true for the Dave Smith gear which im sure he got for free as well. At least half his gear is worth having… nice to see some new competition for mono/polys and prophets.

  • admin

    Definitely showing off his sponsored gear, without question. Though I think it's really funny that at least this one hasn't been released yet.

    As for what is and isn't worth having . . . I'm so in love with my Trigger Finger, I'll whore it, and I did pay money for it. Erm, if I'm on the cover of anything. (Uh, CDM? Let me get my outfit ready.) ;)

  • reflex

    I mentioned this briefly on Music Thing just now, but if you take a peek at the back panel of the MEK, you'll spot a fourth MIDI jack. There's the In/Out/Thru from the original, plus a MIDI Poly Chain Out (just like on the Poly Evolver Keyboard) for chaining additional Evolvers or hooking up the Poly Evolver rack. That's got me excited. Apart from that, the six buttons below the display are dedicated to the 16×4 sequencer (like in the original).

    I especially like the control layout — it flows well, with dedicated controls for noise/external input, plus feedback, distortion, and delay. Artfully done.

    The addition of the headphone output and a proper power switch will also be welcomed by owners of the original module, too.