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Old 22nd January 2015
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Sequential Prophet 6

Anaheim, CA—January 20, 2015—Dave Smith today announced the Sequential Prophet-6, a new 6-voice synthesizer with an all-analog signal path and discrete VCOs and filters.

Auspiciously branded with Smith’s recently reacquired original company name, the new instrument is aimed squarely at musicians in search of vintage tone with the reliability of modern technology. Said Smith: “The Prophet-6 is a tribute to the original poly-synth that started it all—the Sequential Prophet-5. But more importantly, it’s the culmination of our effort to build the most awesome- sounding, modern analog poly-synth possible.” Added Smith: “It’s not a reissue, it’s vintage with a modern twist.”

The Prophet-6 features two newly-designed, discrete voltage-controlled oscillators (plus sub-oscillator) per voice, with continuously variable waveshapes (triangle, sawtooth, and variable-width pulse). There are two discrete filters per voice: a four-pole, resonant, low-pass inspired by the original Prophet 5 filter; plus a two-pole, resonant, high- pass filter. Voltage-controlled VCAs complete the all-analog signal path. “Our new VCOs, VCAs and filters give the Prophet-6 terrific warmth and presence,” said Smith. “The classic, big, punchy analog poly sound is all here.”

Also present from its classic predecessor is the much-loved Poly Mod section, albeit with enhancements. True to the original, modulation sources are filter envelope and oscillator 2 (both with bi-polar control). Destinations however, have been expanded to include oscillator 1 frequency, oscillator 1 shape, oscillator 1 pulse width, low-pass filter cutoff, and high-pass filter cutoff. Another welcome reprise is Unison mode, which features configurable voice count (1-6 voices) and key modes.

The knob-per-function front panel is free of menu-diving, offering immediate access to virtually all parameters. Toggling off the Preset switch enables live panel mode, in which the sound of the instrument switches to the current settings of its knobs and switches. “We wanted to make the Prophet-6 as fast and easy to navigate as possible. Switch off Preset and what you see is what you hear,” said Smith.

A significant enhancement to the original design is a dual-effects section with studio-quality reverbs, delays (including BBD and tape emulation), chorus and phase shifter. While the effects themselves are digital, with full 24-bit, 96 kHz resolution, a true bypass function maintains a fully analog signal path when the effects are off. An independent stereo distortion effect is 100% analog.

Additionally, the Prophet-6 features a multimode arpeggiator and a polyphonic step sequencer. The sequencer provides up to 64 notes with rests, allows real-time polyphonic input, and can sync to external MIDI clock.

The full-size, four-octave, semi-weighted keyboard is velocity and aftertouch sensitive. “We empathize with the gigging musician,” said Smith, “so we made size and weight a primary concern on the Prophet-6. We think it’s an ideal mix of portability and power.”

With regard to the resurgence of analog synths in recent years, Smith had this to say: “I still hear some people say they don’t build them like they used to. I disagree. I think we build them better—and the Prophet-6 is our proof.”
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Wow
Old 22nd January 2015
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What a time to be alive. Amazing.
Old 22nd January 2015
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Awesome! How much money do you want from me?
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booyaa
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Finally! Yes!
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Nice!
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more info on the sequencer and any cv outs or ins~?
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The moment many of us were waiting for. Finally a true, discrete analog poly synth with one of the best filters available (based on SSM2040 from the old Prophet5).

Congratulations Dave and DSI team.
Old 22nd January 2015
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what a beautiful synth
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Okay, forget everything else. We're done. Thanks Dave!
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Hey Pym, is it going to have an audio input and if so, where does it join the signal path?

thanks for the scoop!
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Looks like Dave has been listening.Wow ! Demo sounds good..Want more demo's and $.JD

Last edited by 3Crystals; 22nd January 2015 at 06:21 PM..
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My brain just gave me an error message.
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"Is it a reissue? NO."

Hehe. No menu diving!
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Looks like people finally got what they wanted ! Polyphonic step sequencer ?! Hell yes !
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Best synth released in the last 20 years or more?


YEP!!!!
Old 22nd January 2015
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This is insane. The variable shape VCO oscillators, resonant high pass, poly sequencer............OMG am I glad I didn't buy something after the holidays. This may be the first synth I ever pre-order. Excuse me, I need to go put half my gear on ebay.
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Okay, forget everything else. We're done. Thanks Dave!
100% agree. Nothing else to see here. I'm in love. Like I have an uncontrollable smile and my cheeks are getting numb. Its like a dream come true. Now... Let's talk Pro One
Old 22nd January 2015
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I thought you guys were crazy thinking this was what it would be....

Well played, Mr. Smith.


Now...about the price?
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Looks like Dave has been listening.Wow ! Can't wait to hear it...Picture's ?
did u not see and hear the video above <drooooool>
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Best synth ever released in the last 20 years?


YEP!!!!

I don't even know what to do with myself right now....honestly. heh
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Looks like people finally got what they wanted ! Polyphonic step sequencer ?! Hell yes !
Elektron A4 / AK has that
Old 22nd January 2015
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Thank you based smith
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ok, mr thomann...
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