"I do have some old synths that store presets, though. I bought a Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 when we were on tour in the U.S., but – and it's a bit embarrassing to say – I didn’t do enough research and ended up not getting the one I really wanted. It was really expensive, but I just felt something was lacking."more
The official and extensive Syro gear list (present on the album packaging) mentions "Sci Prophet 5 racked/keyboard", which might suggest that Richard owns both the normal version (tabletop/with keyboard) and the racked version, and that's the part where it gets tricky. You see, what is written on the list is rather vague and could mean many different things. It could also mean that he uses a racked Prophet 5 with a separate keyboard. But regarding the first part: The most known racked version of the Prophet 5 (and that means a REAL Prophet 5 transformed into a rack, not a hardware emulation) is the Studio Electronics Pfive 05, which is a really scarce piece of gear. Studio Electronics only did a few of these, and that fits it into the category of rare vintage gear that Richard David James loves to collect (such as many pieces on this list). But if it was the SE Pfive, it would be more convenient and respectful to the company if it was written "SE Pfive". That can rule out the Pfive theory. The other point which is worth mentioning is that sice 1993, Richard is known for extensively modifying his gear. According to himself, his SH-101 became irrecognizable at some point (source: The Aphex Effect interview 1993 Future Music Magazine). It could also have happened that Richard racked a Prophet 5 by himself, but that is another theory because racking a Prophet 5 requires a lot of labor and skill which we don't know if he actually has. The last theory is that Richard paid for someone to do the labor. Either way, I think it is safe to assume he has a Prophet 5, because racked or not, they basically use the same circuitry (I say basically because for the Prophet 5 to work on a rack, it requires a additional electronics design). So the sound is the same, even though it is impossible to know what revision this (or these) Prophet 5 is(are). Forum discussion on the subject of racking a Prophet 5: https://www.gearslutz.com/board/electronic-music-instruments-and-electronic-music-production/536115-p-five-ebay.htmlmore
In his [My Studio feature for Attack Magazine](http://www.attackmagazine.com/features/my-studio/mathew-jonson/), Mathew Jonson writes: "The Prophet-5 probably speaks for itself. It’s the most used synth in the studio these days.
"Of course, when the Prophet 5 came out that was a whole new thing. The sort of changes you could make to a Minimoog patch you could now do polyphonically. The Polymoog was really quite rigid in its tonal alterations, but the 5 was a dream machine in terms of flexibility. It was like five Minimoogs plus a programmable memory, which was really revolutionary."more
"Nor was it simply a matter of price-consciousness—by 1985, when Magne Furuholmen of the band A-ha sat down in front of a synthesizer to pound out the catchy riffs of the MTV hit “Take on Me,” his synth of choice was a Roland Juno-60 (although for some reason a Prophet-5 was used in the MTV video)." -https://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/rise-of-the-synthesizer/more
In the section of the article “THEN: The Vintage Keys of Thriller” (by Michael Boddicker) included in the source URL describing the “P.Y.T.” synth noodle that answers the chorus vocal: “That was a Roland Jupiter-6 “wang bar”-style pitch bend doubled with, and controlling, a Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, thus the sort of smear you can hear on the “wobble” between the top two notes.”more
In [this](http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/aug14/articles/classic-tracks-0814.htm) Sound On Sound article, it reads, "'The live room had a PA system that we also used as an echo chamber,' Killen recalls, 'and the control room was where Peter had his keyboards — an Emulator, a Fairlight, a Prophet 5 and a Yamaha CP70 — in addition to some percussion instruments and a bunch of guitars.'"more
"I also used a bunch of different modules as well as the René. I've got lots of Intellijel modules, and I put a lot of parts through the Korgasmatron for shaping and stereo filtering or phasing effects. I also use both my Prophets, the 5 and the 8, just because they're the best pad machines out there. They're so rich."more
According to a old magazine excript posted on the forums provided as proof, Doug Johnson used 2 Prophet 5s in Loverboy, I'm guessing this was during or after the Get Lucky era. Quote: Originally posted by eric: I'm looking at the Nov 1982 issue now. There is a photo of Doug playing his rig and this is what he uses: - Yamaha SS-30 String Synth - Prophet 5 x 2 - Yamaha CS-50 - Yamaha CP-70 - Roland CE-1 Chorus There is a part of the interview in which he is asked why he chose the CS-50 over the CS-80. He states that the "...CS-80 is huge and the 50 sits nicely onto my piano. CS-80s are beautiful instruments, but I don't want to have huge piles of keyboards all around." Regards, Eric You're the man!more
In this studio clip of his cover version of the Shadows classic "Wonderful Land", at 1:09, Oldfield is briefly seen with three synths as the camera flys in. The one in the middle that he is 'playing' (in an amusingly hammy fashion for the purpose of the video!) is the Prophet 5. The Prophet 5 was used on his albums "Platinum" "QE2" "Five Miles Out" and "Crises". It was also used in concerts by keyboard player Tim Cross. (information from Tubular.net http://tubular.net/instruments/?by=cat#SYNTH )more
Sometimes it's a shitty old upright; sometimes it will be an old Juno or an old Prophet 5, and I have this old student Rhodes. I love the synth strings right out of a sampler from old keyboards, so we use a lot of that stuff. Definitely a lot of digital stuff in the computer, like old sample libraries. They sound really great.more
For Very they used: Korg M1Rs Akai S1000s Akai S3000s Roland S770 E-mu Systems Proteuses Oberheim Matrix 1000 Roland MKS80s Roland MKS50s PPG Waveterm Roland JD800 Roland Juno 106 Sequential Circuits Prophet V Roland R70 Fairlight CMI Macintosh running Notator Logic Dynaudio monitors This is according to Music Technology magazine (Dec 1993)more
"I like all the new stuff that's out," he explains, "but there's really only a few things I need. Like, eighty percent of all effects work on some sort of delay system, whether it's flanged or phased or whatever. Even harmonizers work on delay principles. Then there's your synthesized keyboards. The most refined seem to be the Prophet and the Jupiter 8. I'm not into the Fairlight or the Synclavier, which are basically 16-track tape recorders and that's eight more than I need.more
"Their layered style of recording also made it easier to work from Stanley's home studio, which the band had recently upgraded using advance money from the second album. Stanley's newly expanded home studio included a 32-channel Soundcraft console, a 24-track analog tape machine and room for the band's keyboard and synthesizer collection, which included such classic designs as Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Fairlight CMI, Roland Jupiter 8, Yamaha DX7 synthesizer and PPG Wave. They also had a LinnDrum LM-2, another recent acquisition."more
His only synthesisers are a SCI Prophet 5 and, more interestingly, an EMS Synthi AKS. "I got the Prophet because I'd mucked about on a mates and it was the only one I knew how to work." The AKS he got 7 years ago but minus its keyboard. He finds its external input useful for treating sounds. "Its got a built in VC springline reverb and ring modulator. It's really nasty but good for that element of roughness."more
"Zawinul did not stop at the Wurlitzer and Fender Rhodes electric pianos he used in the 1960s. By the late 1960s he was extending his sonic palette with effects like phase shifters, Echoplexes, wah-wahs and ring modulators, and when synthesizers came on the market he was among the first to buy one (the EMS Putney). The list of synthesizers he has used since then — among them the ARP 2600, Rhodes Chroma, Oberheim Four-voice and Eight-voice, ARP Quadra, Sequential Prophet 5 and Prophet T8, Korg Trident, Oberheim Xpander, Korg VC10 vocoder, Emu Emulator, Casio CZ101, Korg DW8000, DSS1, DSM1 and M1 — reads like a synth museum's treasure list."more
GIORGIO MORODER RARE SYNTHESIZER COLLECTION US sample CD manufacturers Hollywood Edge produce a sample CD featuring Moroder's favourite synths. Giorgio Moroder Rare Synthesizer Collection contains 970 patches from vintage synths including the OSC OSCar, Korg Mono/Poly, Sequential Prophet 5, ARP 2600, Moog modular, Multimoog, TB303, Oberheim 4-voice, Roland Jupiter 8 and Juno 60, Moog Taurus, PPG 2.3, and the Buchla. It's available on CD-ROM in Akai, SampleCell, and Ensoniq formats. If you're interested, Time & Space, the UK distributors for Hollywood Edge, should be able to get hold of it for you, though it's not an item they carry in stock. Derek Johnsonmore
"My studio was called Pi West, and the initial bank of keyboards there when John and I started out working together were the Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev3, a Prophet 10, an early ARP Quadra and two ARP Avatars — one Avatar was integrated with a Sequential Circuits Model 700 programmer — an ARP Sequencer, an Oberheim Four Voice, and an Emulator 1 sampler. I also had the Linn LM1 drum machine, which drove our main arpeggiator, the ARP Sequencer, using clock pulses."more
I imported this from tennesee back in March 2000, it was not in the best shape the memories were bad and needed work, it turned out to be a fault Z80 and my good man Tony Allgood up in Cumbria repaired it, mine was a Curtis based Rev, i upgraded the synth myself from non midi to full rev 3.3 midi with help from wine country in california, i truly regret selling this synth but i was overloaded with them at the time and something had to go in my extra compact studio, plus the sale value was high, so sadly this went..
Great synth with lots of routing and sound creation capabilities. I love that these older synths dont add any (or very limited) onboard effects as this allows the waveforms to shine, before a layer of polish (effects) are added on top.