Dave Smith Instruments – Sequential Prophet 5
The Sequential Prophet 5 marks Dave Smiths return to the analog polysynth that changed the world. The best of all Prophet 5’s, this model embodies all 3 revisions of the legendary synth. Utilising genuine Curtis analog VCOs and filters (as in the Rev3) as well as new 2140 low-pass filters design by Dave Rossum. Just as the 2040 filters he designed in the original Rev1 and Rev2. Boasting a Rev switch, you can easily switch between the two filter designs.
As a result, the Prophet 5 is as pure of analog classic you could possibly wish for. With the authentic, muscular sound of the original as well as the roadworthiness of the modern instrument.
Vintage Sound, Vintage Knob
Not only does the Sequential Prophet 5 source genuine hardware components, there’s been extensive research into exactly what made it sound that way. Warm, organic, and alive, and attributable to slight fluctuations and differences in response times and frequencies of the individual VCOs, filters, envelopes, and amplifiers.
Giving new mojo to the Prophet 5, there’s now a Vintage knob. Allowing you to dial in as much old-school randomness as you’d like. From a stable 4 (Rev4), all the way to 1 (Rev1), the rarest and most temperamental Prophet 5.
Poly Mod and Enhanced Unison
Additionally, so much of the classic Prophet 5 sound was the result of Poly Mod, faithfully present here as well. True to the original, modulation sources are Filter Envelope as well as Oscillator B. While destinations include Oscillator A frequency, Oscillator A pulse width, and low-pass filter. For something so simple, the range of sounds is phenomenal.
The Prophet 5 also features Unison mode. Featuring configurable voice count (1-5 voices) with variable detuning and chord memory. What’s more, Glide works both in and out of Unison.
Velocity and Aftertouch
The new Prophet 5 is as accurate, authoritative and true to the original as possible. While adding a couple of extra enhancements to further increase its expressiveness. Velocity sensitivity and aftertouch enable the new Prophet 5 to perform in ways the original never could. Putting filter sweeps, LFO mod, and volume changes at your fingertips.
Effortless to Program
Not only is the Prophet 5’s sound pure, but it’s just as simple to program. The knob-per-function front panel gives you instant gratification as well as immediate access to all sound-shaping controls. Toggling off the Preset button enables live panel mode, switching to the current settings of its knobs and switches. There’s also 200 factory programs and 200 rewritable user programs. Including the original 40 program sound set from 1978 that found its way onto countless recordings.
Prophet 5 – The Whole Package
Finally, the Sequential Prophet 5 delivers punchy, powerful, analog goodness in a full, five-octave, semi-weighted keyboard. Along with USB, MIDI, Gate, and CV I/O. As well as a premium quality, steel and hand-oiled, sustainable black walnut body. Making it just as satisfying to behold as it is to play and perform!