"The Pro One is something that P bought before we started the album 'Business Casual.' This is the bass sound on 'Don't Turn the Lights On' and on 'Hot Mess' as well. What's cool about this is that contrary to the Prodigy, this is MIDI so we can program. What P actually did for 'Hot Mess' was he programmed a line in MIDI and then did the glide manually and then re-recorded it with the glide in it... I actually found it hard to deal with the filter because the synth has a phase. The oscillators are not really in sync. When oscillators get too in phase you lose some of the width of the sound and the depth. When they're out and not apart they sound off key and not in tune. So what we did is that we let it run for the length of the song and we chose the parts where we found them aligned and it sounded great. You could sync it but you lose all the clarity, it's horrible - I hate that. You need the right balance of cheating and the human element of these synths, which is a little imperfect but you want to cheat it to contain it and make it sound more modern. Also, for the aficionados, this is totally not a typical Pro One case. They're black usually. This is custom built with parts from a Prophet 5. So it's like a mini Prophet 5, kind of. It's still the Pro One just with a different casing."more
Do you have a favorite synth? "The Pro-One [i.e., the Sequential Circuits Pro-One analog synth, used on Yaz hits like “Don’t Go” and “Only You”]. I’ve had it for so long. I like the envelopes on it, and it has really interesting modulation. It was easier to zero in on earlier in my career since there weren’t that many synths around, but now there are quite a few."more
Manufactured: 1981-1985 Type: Monophonic Analogue synthesizer Gear info: As you can see it comes from the same period and genre as the Roland SH-101 and Moog Prodigy. A very fat sounding synth with arpeggiator and a simple sequencer. It has a good modulation section, some say it's the best thing about the synth. It is remarkably stable in tune once it has warmed up after about 15 minutes. Shouldn't be a problem finding a Pro-One, it's one of the most common monosynths. Used: Liam has used this one in live sets. If you have got the Electronic Punks video you can spot this one easily.more
During Legowelt's Studio Tour for Future Music Magazine, at 0:16 Legowelt says, "This here is a Sequential Circuits Pro One, it's a pretty well known synthesizer. I got it in the 90's... I think 1994. I traded it for an [Akai VX90](https://equipboard.com/items/akai-vx90) synthesizer module, with a Spanish flamenco guitarist."more
From the "Tech Talk" section of the old KMFDM website: Question (Johnny): How might one achieve a sound such as the synth bass on "Ready To Blow"? I'm assuming you are just using one oscillator with some portamento and no resonance. Answer (Sascha): That is correct, I used my Sequential Pro-1 for it, the internal sequencer is sweeeet!more
"The Pro-One is one of those instruments, they're like a woman. You can't understand them, there's like 1,000 knobs, and it cries every time you touch it," she said as the temperamental Pro-One faltered on a song." "I'm proud to be a girl! And I'm proud to play an instrument that behaves like an [effing] woman every show!" - Emily Haines Then after ordering the audience to tell the Pro-One they loved it, in unison, Metric launched into "Poster of a Girl."more
"The Pro One is very good for basses, or for doubling up other basses to give them more power. If I have a digital bass which has a nice colour but hasn't really got a good bottom end, I add with analogue synthesisers the real low bass, which is very easy to do. It's a question of a few minutes to have the right, real bottom end of analogue synths. But in the Fairlight also I can create a very low bass by writing with the overtones."more
Per Attack Magazine: > "There’s two distinct setups, one for live and one for studio. The studio setup is the Jupiter-6, which I bought in a pawn shop in 1994 in Edinburgh and I think is my favourite piece, a Jupiter-8, an OSCar, a **Sequential Circuits Pro-One**… The 808 is kind of the core to trigger the analogues. What else have I got? I have a Crane Song STC-8 outboard mastering compressor. I have a 909, but that just collects dust. I’ve got a nice Midas desk, and I’ve got a DX200, which I quite like."more
"Usually we just use the Yamaha TX816 rack for basic writing, but I think if you did a whole track with DX sounds it would be a bit thin. So we MIDI it up to a MemoryMoog, a PPG, our producer's Emulator II, in fact, whatever's lying around, depending on the sound we're after. We MIDI together as much as we can really, and we can also tie in our analogue synths, a Sequential Pro One, an OSCar and a MiniMoog."more
"On one track I used the arpeggiator on the Juno 6, but I play most of the keyboard parts manually. The Juno is the next stage up from the Pro One I used on *Journeys* — you have to work with them all the time because they don't have memories, so they're very creative. I'm trying to progress all the time with instruments to find a perfect one, and I don't think it's good policy to keep an instrument for too long. I look around every six months or so, but the DX7 has been kept for longest so far — it was one of the first ones in the country".more
This is a very tight, sharp and versatile synth – I had a Sequential Pro-One for years, but to my ears this synth does early-80s Vince Clarke-type sounds better than a Pro-One, despite the fact that the Pro-One is what Vince was mainly using. Like the Jupiter-4, it has an LFO that goes into audio rate, which helps to make the synth a lot more versatile than you might expectmore
Crappy keys suffering from double or triple triggering but soundwise it could be the only machine you ever need because it delivers any basic sound in outstanding quality. Fast envelopes, a strong filter which opens up to the highest highs and resonates over the entire audio spectrum, very flexible modulations, sync, fm (with a character similar to my ARP2600) and lots of other goodies. Vince Clarke was right to choose it as one of his favorite machines.
does a 303, does a deep sub, does electro arps/seqeuncing, does moogy, does arpy, does the monopoly chord memory sub octave sound, plus its great at thunder and zaps. pretty solid tuning, lots of cv/gate in and outs with trigger. fairly robust and not finicky. a solid synth, i guess thats why theyre now $1500-2000 cdn/us. in case you didn't know, millenials...we (gen-x) old timers used to pay 350-600 for these back in the ancient olden days of 1993.
this is my favourite synth in my collection, it produces some wicked bass sounds and is a right staple within my collection. I wish I had the the pro 5, but I couldn't afford it last time I saw one on ebay. I have the pro 5 VST which is pretty cool, but the sound is very much different from the synthesizer in the flesh! .
This is a marvellous synthesizer. Probably the best monosynth ever made after the Minimoog. It can handle pretty much anything, from smooth moogy leads to filthy bass and extreme effects. Everything you dial in sounds good, and the sequencer and arp are simple but inspiring. If you need a monosynth and can't afford a Minimoog, this is the one to get.
I had it for a long time and then sold it like a chump. I regret everything. I need to get another but the price is so much higher now. Maybe the clone will be ok, maybe not. Maybe I need to get another one. I still cry every night missing my Pro One.