The bass part on "Impressive Instant" is elusive, seeming massive and muted at the same time. "It's more of a sub-bass tone. There isn't much information in the mid or high range," explains Mirwais. "It's all from the Korg Prophecy. It's my secret weapon, an amazing synth. It's the Minimoog of the millennium. It has the most incredible bottom end, and it's very flexible -- though it's not easy to use. I just use the straight sound; I don't process it."more
Quote from album "Oxygene 7-13" by Jean-Michel Jarre (1997 release): "Jean Michel Jarre played the following Instruments: 2600 ARP Synthesizer, VCS3 synthesizer, AKS, Eminent, Mellotron, Theremin, CS80, Quasimidi Raven, Digisequencer, Logic Audio, Akai MPC3000, Nordlead, JV 90, K2000, RMI, Prophecy, TR808, DJ70."more
Equipment & Software used on 'SYNTHWAVES':THORSTEN QUAESCHNING: Software: Steinberg Cubase 8 &8.5Hardware: Manikin Schrittmacher Step-Sequencer x 2Manikin MemotronRoland Jupiter 8 synthesizerRoland JD800 synthesizerDave Smith Prophet 8 synthesizerARP Solina MK2 string synthesizerKorg Wavestation Ex synthesizerWaldorf Microwave synthesizerMoog Voyager monophonic synthesizerModular synthesizerRoland V Synth synthesizerKorg Z1 synthesiserKorg Prophecy synthesiserKorg M1 synthesizerClavia Nordwave synthesizerYamaha TG77 synthesizer moduleRoland System 1 synthesizerRoland JU06 synthesizer moduleKorg MS20 monophonic synthesizerRoland JP08 synthesizer moduleRoland TR-8 Rhythm Performer drum machineOberheim DMX drum machineRoland Promars synthesizerFender Starcaster guitarFender Telecaster guitarFender Stratocaster guitarScrewdriver on wood and contact microphones,Several boxes with contact microphonesA field recording of bees in Thorsten's garden, edited on Cubase and then treated with Melodyne & Halion - and finally used for the lead melody line on 'A Calm But Steady Flow'.(Software synthesizers): Spectrasonics Omnisphere synthesizer, Spectrasonics Keyscapemore
"The Prophecy is one of the few things that produces big distortion as far as a ready-to-run synth goes. It's at its best on stage, though I've used it on just about every track on the new album so far. The programming is so open, it's great for resonant sweeps, and the ribbon is quite handy. You can also record filter changes over MIDI onto the Mac. There are so many different things you can do with it. It's not the type of keyboard I'd go to to start a song with -- it's better for distortion and feedback sounds. It's a shame it's only monophonic -- it's got some good string sounds." – Liam Howlett in a [1996 interview](http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/1996_articles/sep96/prodigy.html) with Sound On Sound.more
"The Prophecy is one of the few things that produces big distortion as far as a ready-to-run synth goes. It's at its best on stage, though I've used it on just about every track on the new album [The Fat of the Land] so far. The programming is so open, it's great for resonant sweeps, and the ribbon is quite handy. You can also record filter changes over MIDI onto the Mac. There are so many different things you can do with it. It's not the type of keyboard I'd go to to start a song with -- it's better for distortion and feedback sounds. It's a shame it's only monophonic -- it's got some good string sounds."more
"I use mainly PCs, running Steinberg’s Cubase 6.5. My audio IO is a RME fireface. I just added a Dangerous Music D-Box to my setup so I’m finally enjoying the advantages of summoning mixing. Before the audio goes back into my DAW, I run everything through my Obsidian Compressor. It’s a simple but solid and good-sounding chain. I still use real keyboards, like the Korg MS2000, Korg Prophecy, Juno-106 and I’ve used a real CS-80 for my score on Mass Effect 3. I love the newer, more experimental synths like the OP-1 and all of the synths from Dave Smith. There are tons of other hardware gems I use, like Metasonix pedals and the Moog Froggers to name a few."more
this is the weirdest sounding synth ever and in a great way. if only it wasnt monophonic and wasnt built like a kids playroom toy. the flute sound that comes stock on this is one of the most expressive synth patches ever made
I fell in love with this synth back in the 90's during the rave movement... It's still a beast of a synth. If you are into riding the outer edge of insanity (much like one might do with any of 'the Access Virus' machines), then this synth might give you what your appetite has been craving...
I had one for about 6 months and didn't super gel with it. I kinda wish I had one again to see what I would think of it now. I enjoyed playing it but it never made it into any track. Traded it plus a Micro Q for a Jupiter 6 and didn't regret it.
It is very hard to program but I should explore mine more now that there is an editor http://ctrlr.org/710 It has the most realistic sax and trumpet type sounds short of using samples. Famously used by The Prodigy for most of the synth sounds on Firestarter and Smack My Bitch Up.
I picked this up second hand in 97 and it was utilized during the Lavender Hill Mob / newgrounds.com and FDA era of early internet entertainment. As a controller, it came before most in terms of the amount of options possible. The sounds are like dreams if you dive deep, which you can!