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SequentialProphet 6 Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer


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Sequential Prophet 6

The Prophet 6 from Sequential is not just a reissue of one of the most coveted synthesizers in history, the Prophet 5. It is a wholly new beast, sharing only the most important thing, excellent sounding analog synthesis. The Prophet 6 has two redesigned discrete VCOs per voice, providing continuously variable waveshapes for maximum beef. With 12 oscillators in all there will be no shortage of richness in tone. Also included is a suboscillator for filling out the bass frequencies, not using the traditional square wave but instead a more tasteful and smooth triangle wave. The filter is inspired by the original Prophet-5 filter, with discrete circuitry, providing four-pole resonant lowpass cutoffs.

One important design specification that the Prophet 6 wanted to maintain is the one knob per parameter function, which prevents menu-diving and "woops" moments. With huge amounts of presets, one can quickly move between patches without having to adjust every knob.

Included in the new Prophet 6 is a bank of stereo effects, utilizing 24-bit, 48 kHz resolution. In has studio-quality delays (including standard and BBD), reverbs, chorus, and phase shifter. When bypassed, it maintains the fully analog signal path. A stereo distortion is also included that is full analog.

For pitch control, the Prophet 6 has built in arpeggiators and sequencers. The sequencer can program 64 steps (with 6 notes per step for chord sequencing.) The arpeggiation patterns can be adjusted from up, down, up-down, random, etc.

With a full size keyboard and semi-weighted keys, piano players will have an easy time transferring skills. It has velocity and aftertouch sensitivity and looks great on the stage or in the studio.

Prophet 6 Features

  • Two newly designed, discrete VCOs per voice
  • Continuously variable wave shape (triangle, sawtooth, pulse, square) per oscillator
  • Pulse width per oscillator
  • Hard sync: oscillator 1 syncs to oscillator 2
  • Triangle sub-octave generator (oscillator 1) per voice
  • Low frequency mode (oscillator 2)
  • Keyboard tracking on/off (oscillator 2)
  • Oscillator slop amount for increased tuning instability, from subtle to extreme
  • Two-pole, resonant, high-pass filter per voice
  • Bi-polar filter envelope amount
  • Velocity modulation of envelope amount
  • Keyboard tracking: off, half, full
  • Four-pole, resonant, low-pass filter per voice, inspired by the original Prophet 5 filter
  • Filter can be driven into self-oscillation with the Resonance control
  • Bi-polar filter envelope amount
  • Velocity modulation of envelope amount
  • Keyboard tracking: off, half, full
  • Four-stage (ADSR) envelope generator
  • Velocity modulation of envelope amount
  • Five wave shapes: triangle, sawtooth, reverse sawtooth, square, and random (sample and hold)
  • Clock sync (internal or external MIDI clock)
  • Mod destinations: oscillator 1 frequency, oscillator 2 frequency, oscillator 1 and 2 pulse width, low-pass filter cutoff, high-pass filter cutoff
  • Arpeggiator: Selectable note value: 16th note, 8th note triplet, 8th note, dotted 8th note, quarter note; One, two, or three octave range; Up, down, up/down, random, and assign modes
  • Polyphonic step sequencer with up to 64 steps and rests
  • Stereo analog distortion
  • Dual, 24-bit, 48 kHz digital effects, including: reverb (room, hall, plate, spring), delay (full bandwidth digital delay and emulated bucket brigade and tape delays), chorus, and phase shifter
  • Delay sync
  • True bypass maintains fully analog signal path when digital effects are off
  • 500 user and 500 factory programs in 10 banks of 100 programs each
  • Direct program access, including Prophet 5-style single-button access to the current set of 10 programs
  • IEC AC power inlet for internal power supply
  • Operates worldwide on voltages between 100 and 240 volts at 50 to 60 Hz; 30 watts maximum power consumption
  • 32” L x 12.7” W x 4.6″ H (81.3 cm x 32.3 cm x 11.7 cm)
  • 20.0 lbs (9.5 kg)
  • Walnut end panels and trim
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