There's not a lot one can say about Dave Smith that hasn't already been said, blogged about, and preserved for posterity in magazine articles. But by way of introduction for a synth designer who needs none, I'll mention that just two of his accomplishments are inventing the first polyphonic synth with memory locations (the Prophet-5), and being the main brain behind MIDI.
I recently paid a visit to Dave Smith Instruments in San Francisco to check out his latest analog synthesizer, the Prophet REV2. Dave was in the office that day, so I was privileged to catch him on camera talking about his creation. It's intended to replace the Prophet '08, and does so by sounding smoother overall, adding features, and offering serious value: $1,499 for eight voices and $1,999 for 16. We haven't seen a serious 16-voice analog polysynth since the Alesis Andromeda, and if you can find one on the used market, it'll cost you a lot more.
In this first of three videos shot that day, Dave explains the features of the REV2. For those who might say, "More playing, less talking," that happens in part 2. Also shut up and listen, because it's Dave freakin' Smith talking.