Dave Smith Prophet 6
The Dave Smith Prophet 6 is a modern, all-analog 6-voice polyphonic synthesizer 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 four octave, semi-weighted keyboard offers velocity sensitivity and channel aftertouch, while 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. The Prophet-6 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 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 Sequential Prophet-6 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 ’80s, the Prophet-5’s polyphony and patch memory were huge technological achievements; onboard effects were nothing but a pipe dream (if that). Kind of makes you appreciate the age we live in all the more, no?
Poly Mod and polyphonic step sequencer
The Prophet-5 rocked a feature called Poly Mod, and so does the Prophet-6 – 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 external MIDI clock as well.
This synth is amazingly easy to program
Dave Smith designed the Sequential Prophet-6 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.
And it’s even easier to play
The Dave Smith Prophet 6 is equipped with more than awe-inspiring sound. To inspire your creativity, this formidable synthesizer is fitted with a four-octave, semi-weighted keybed. Four octaves is, in our humble opinion, the optimal compromise between two-handed playability and portability, which makes the Prophet-6 your ideal gigging buddy, particularly when you factor in the instrument’s tour-tough build quality. These keys, which are velocity and channel-aftertouch sensitive, feel silky smooth and just beg to be played. So go ahead – sit down for a sound design session with the Dave Smith Instruments Sequential Prophet-6. We promise, you’ll be hooked!
- All-analog signal path; discrete VCOs and filters
- 6 voices; 2 voltage-controlled oscillators plus 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
- Full-size, 4-octave semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
Sound Engine Type(s): Analog
Number of Keys: 49
Type of Keys: Semi-weighted, Velocity-sensitive, Aftertouch
Other Controllers: Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Polyphony: 6 Notes
Number of Presets: 500 x Factory, 500 x User
Effects Types: Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Phase Shifter, Distortion
Audio Outputs: 2 x 1/4″
Headphones: 1 x 1/4″
USB: 1 x Type B
MIDI I/O: In/Out/Thru/USB
Pedal Inputs: 2 x 1/4″ (expression pedal), 2 x 1/4″ (footswitch)
Dimensions: 813 x 323 x 117 mm
Weight: 9.1 kg