6-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer.
The Prophet-6 is Dave Smith' tribute to the poly synth that started it all: the Sequential Prophet-5. But it's not simply a reissue of a classic. Rather, as Dave puts it's the result of our effort to build...
To design the sound of Yearning for the Infinite, Cooper used both a trusted synthesizer and a new machine. He says most of the album was made using a Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 6, an analogue synth that builds on the iconic Sequential Circuits Prophet, and the new Moog One polyphonic analogue synthesizer. The Prophet 6 has been Cooper’s go-to synth over the last couple of years because of its ease-of-use and his familiarity with it. As he recalls, it got a bit more use on the album than the Moog One. https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/composing-infinity-max-cooper-his-new-album/more
Video taken on the 29th of December 2018 by Youtube channel "skullandcrossstitch" Although partially obscured by a pair of Nunchucks, the back panel reads "Prophet-6", which matches the back panel of the synthesizer. Additionally, 3 months later, after a gig in San Antonio, they posted a photo (taken by Havve Hogan) where the front panel of the Prophet-6 is clearly shown https://www.instagram.com/p/BvVusLBpP3u/?igshid=2pmxcf7bselrmore
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6-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer.
The Prophet-6 is Dave Smith' tribute to the poly synth that started it all: the Sequential Prophet-5. But it's not simply a reissue of a classic. Rather, as Dave puts it's the result of our effort to build the most awesome-sounding, modern analog poly synth possible. The Prophet-6 takes the best qualities of the original Prophet-5 "true voltage-controlled oscillators, filters, and amplifiers" and adds enhancements such as studio-quality effects, a polyphonic step sequencer, an arpeggiator, and more. The result is pure, unadulterated analog tone with the stability and reliability of a state-of-the-art modern synth.
Classic Tone, Classic Vibe
Central to the warm, punchy sound of the Prophet-6 are its two newly-designed, discrete voltage-controlled oscillators (plus sub-oscillator) per voice. Continuously variable waveshapes provide the tonal palette with triangle, sawtooth, and variable-width pulse waves. There are two discrete filters per voice”a four-pole, resonant, low-pass inspired by the original Prophet-5 filter, and a two-pole, resonant, high-pass filter. Voltage-controlled amplifiers complete the all-analog signal path.
The dual effects section provides studio-quality reverbs, delays (standard and BBD), chorus and phase shifter. While the effects themselves are digital, with 24-bit, 48 kHz resolution, a true bypass maintains a full analog signal path. There' also an independent stereo distortion effect, which is 100% analog.
Poly Mod and Poly Step Sequencing
Also present from its classic predecessor is a Poly Mod section, with enhancements. True to the original, 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, 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 polyphonic step sequencer allows up to 64 steps and up to 6 notes per step. You can create sequences polyphonically, with rests, and sync to an external MIDI clock. The full-featured arpeggiator can be synced to external MIDI clock as well.
Easy to Program
The knob-per-function front panel offers instant access to virtually all Prophet-6 functions. Included are 500 permanent factory programs in 10 banks of 100 programs. In addition to these, you can create and save up to 500 user programs of your own. Toggling off the Preset button enables live panel mode, in which the sound of the Prophet-6 switches to the current settings of its knobs and switches. In this state, what you see is what you hear.
Easy to Play
All of this awe-inspiring sound is packed into a four octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch that' an ideal combination portability and power for the project studio or the gigging musician.