Dave Smith Prophet 6 Desktop
The Dave Smith Prophet 6 Desktop is a modern, all-analog 6-voice polyphonic desktop synthesizer module that pays tribute to the original vintage Prophet 5, but with several enhancements. The synth features true voltage-controlled oscillators, filters, amplifiers, envelopes, and an LFO. Additional enhancements include studio-quality effects, a polyphonic step-sequencer, and an arpeggiator; all of which can be synchronized internally or via external MIDI clock.
The control panel offers knob-per-function control with no menu diving. There are 500 permanent factory programs and 500 user programs, which are organized into 10 banks of 100 presets. Able to fit in a backpack, the Prophet-6 desktop offers an ideal combination of portability and power for the project studio or the gigging musician.
Pure, cutting-edge analog: modern, yet classic
At the core of the Sequential Prophet-6 Module are two newly designed, discrete voltage-controlled oscillators (reinforced by a sub oscillator) per voice. These modern analog oscillators feature continuously variable waveshapes with triangle, sawtooth, and variable-width pulse waves. Two discrete filters per voice give you Michelangelo-class tone-sculpting prowess: a four-pole, resonant lowpass (inspired by the original Prophet-5 filter), and a two-pole, resonant highpass. Voltage-controlled amplifiers complete the Prophet-6’s pure-analog signal path.
Studio-grade dual effects engine
The Dave Smith Prophet 6 Desktop Module sports a dual effects section that delivers studio-quality reverbs, delays (standard and Bucket Brigade Device – aka BBD), chorus, and phase shifter. Although the effects are digital, with 24-bit/48kHz resolution, true bypass maintains your pure-analog signal path. Also onboard is a 100% analog independent stereo distortion effect. In the early 1980s, the Prophet-5’s polyphony and patch memory were huge technological achievements; onboard effects were nothing but a pipe dream (if that).
Poly Mod and polyphonic step sequencer
One of the Prophet-5’s key features was called Poly Mod, and the Prophet-6 Module carries on – with enhancements, of course. As with its predecessor, the Prophet-6’s modulation sources are Filter Envelope and Oscillator 2 (both with bi-polar control). Destinations include Oscillator 1 frequency, Oscillator 1 shape, Oscillator 1 pulse width, lowpass filter cutoff, and highpass filter cutoff. Unison mode (featuring configurable voice count of 1-6 voices and key modes) also makes an encore. The Prophet-6’s polyphonic step sequencer accommodates up to 64 steps and up to six notes per step, letting you build sequences polyphonically, with rests and external MIDI clock sync. There’s also a full-function arpeggiator that you can sync to an external MIDI clock as well.
This synth is amazingly easy to program
Dave Smith designed the Sequential Prophet-6 Module with a knob-per-function top panel that gives you instant access to virtually all its functions. You get 500 permanent factory programs, arranged in 10 banks of 100 programs each. You can, additionally, create and save up to 500 user programs. Toggle off the Preset button and you’re in Live Panel (what you see is what you hear) mode, in which the sound of the Prophet-6 switches to the current settings of its controls.
- All-analog signal path; discrete VCOs and filters
- 6 voices; 2 voltage-controlled oscillators plus a sub oscillator per voice
- 2 discrete filters per voice: 4-pole resonant lowpass and 2-pole resonant highpass
- Digital dual-FX section (true bypass maintains a full analog signal path)
- Multimode arpeggiator; 64-step polyphonic step sequencer
Polyphony: 6 voices
Presets: 500 factory programs, 500 user programs
Effects Types: Reverb, delay, chorus, phase shifter (effects are digital with true bypass), analog stereo distortion
Sequencer: 64-step polyphonic sequencer
Analog Inputs: 2 x 1/4″ (sequence, sustain footswitches), 2 x 1/4″ (volume, LP filter expression pedals)
Analog Outputs: 2 x 1/4″ (left, right), 1 x 1/4″ (headphones)
MIDI I/O: In/Out/Thru
USB: USB Type B