Sequential Circuits Prophet-5

Prophet-5, Analog Synth from Sequential Circuits.

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Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 4 reviews )
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swaanparadise's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" My favorite analog and what sound!"

Sequential Circuits Prophet-5
Prophet 5 rev 3.2


Editing sounds very simple but at the same time an incredible number of combinations ... no preset that looks and as soon as you touch a knob, the sound of the preset can be reversed in 2 seconds is quite impressive, as soon as I received it, I spent hours and even days that nothing has change on one preset ...
Only downside is the manual in English ... so for those who want to decipher by A + B knobs that turn, it takes a minimum of English notion ...


For possessing a Prophet 600, OB8 and Juno 106, I can say that the Prophet 5 is by far my favorite analog.
The sound is sharp, frank and at the same time fine and dissonant. You can have both very warm and round 80s typed or very pfunk disco sounds and at the same time low current techno with a big attack and a cold, dry sound.
It is impressive the multitude of sounds that you can have with this little gem, but when we added a flanger, delay, reverb or a type of sound processing that discovers yet another multitude Sound ...
In short, it is a machine that lives, growls, which is so organic that it differentiates immediately in a mix and slice it very pronounced.


I will divide them in for anything in the world, if only for financial reasons forced me there, but I've had a few weeks and I'm already more than conquered.
When I see that some are offended by the certain price which the currently purchases (over 4000 euros), I answer that this machine was sold new in the years 4000-5000 at $ 80 (which was more than 40,000 francs to time so about 7000 euros today), and was published in 7200 single copies, so it is probably not so overvalued it ..

Studiodragon's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Sounds magical and bewitched"

Sequential Circuits Prophet-5
The first polyphonic analog synthesizer fully programmable.
At its premiere at the 1978 Winter NAMM, the Prophet V was the undisputed superstar is a sensation.
The synthesizer prefigures all modern keyboards.

With Polyphony 5 votes with SSM 2030 in the first modeled and then Curtis CEM3340
2 oscillators per channel with sawtooth, square, triangle oscillator according to the A or B + a dedicated LFO 1
Filter: a low pass 24 dB / octave resonant (SSM 2040 and Curtis CEM3320)
ADSR amplitude with 2 (SSM and Curtis CEM3310 2050/2020)
CPU: Zilog Z80 8-bit as on Memorymoog
Multitimbral: 1
LFO: Assignable + Poly Mod
Memories: 40 (120 on the latest versions)
Controls: Pitch Bend and Modulation Interface K7
Factory price at the time between $ 4000/5000
Dates of manufacture 1978-1984
7200 copies made


A good control surface with a configuration accesible.
With editing and sound effects takes a lot of fun.
The manual is clear and sufficient.


Sounds wonderful, excellent effects, filters that deformation, bass slap, a high resonance crying, a Unison mode monstrous little ignite.

The stamps of the Prophet provide real chills, goose bumps.
Ultra realistic and alive sounding completely apart.
The sound is very rich and powerful also very sharp and versatile.


I tried many other models, but the Prophet V is truly unique.
This is a Rolls Royce level aesthetics and sounds.
Its really a great, bold, rich with a beautiful surface control, large knobs turned to very heavy.
Its wooden veneer is very nice and pleasant to touch.
And an armored steel hull below.

The best sound probably comes from the Prophet 5 Rev 1, but they are horribly scarce just 182 models, and hopelessly unreliable and also very difficult to repair.

The Rev 2 and a bit more reliable, sounds great, and it can be with MIDI.

I decided for Rev. 3, a better reliability and better repair in the event, with an additional 80 patch memories for later.
And in 30 years of service in its power VCA chips changed and a bushing complete, well in some really talk about reliability.

3114's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Sequential Circuits Prophet-5
I am fortunate to own a perfectly Midif v2 (in)
5-way monotimbral
Osc 2, 2 ADSR, white noise, vcf 24 db / oct rsons, poly mod, a unison mode, the glide, 1 LFO, the syncro and 40 memory ...
POLYMODE section allows a lot of things with, as sources, the filter envelope and OSC2 as a destination and the pitch of OSC1, the PWM and filter osc1 ..
Note that the OSC2 driver during a sync setting, and it is possible or not the tracker and to operate in low frequency and have an lfo supplmentaire
The LFO section is very comprehensive, the lfo can control the freq of the two CSOs, the pwm osc 2 and the filter cutoff frquence ..
waveforms proposed by CSOs and storage piles are lfo namely saw, pulse and triangle


the Program is simple and very subtle, qq millimeters of knob may have great on its consquences.
v1/v2 on, push the button "edit" to change a pRSET sauvegardbr /> on average, this synth is not in the lace, it really is "cash"
You Started it a quarter turn and is also very subtle and prcis shuffled curious ... ..
I think part of his legendary musical paradox binds


Okay so l..
low level is not a minimoog, it is less sub
but this synth has its hyper-edged, aggressive, very very Submitted
it attacks directly, the sound is Persian, clawed, he flayed
and he rsulte an incomparable prsence
... This synth in the mix cutter attack
I find the "Q" factor of rsonance enough lev, "serrquot;, and frquence cut from very high, therefore the values ​​of rso leves and filter open db can take 30 10 k Hz! the filter is at once very extreme and sweeps can quickly break the head (and tweeters)
The unison mode is VIOLENT
but it is also capable of synth organ sounds, strings, flutes, bells, the filter is radical and can provide in rgistres soft, deep, ethereal
this instrument is truly stunning, because although very simple, does many things li
and del this, it does so with a great big class


I own a fleet of analog synths consquent, but this one is very special to me ..
it a highly complementary jupiter8 in the sense that this is really the opposite ...
I have the Arturia plug, it sounds a bit deaf and mute a cot (like low mdium falsely inflated), and prsence is not the same in a mix, even if the tone is set ,.... faithfully the interraction between all modules with POLYMODE example is particularly poorly done, without life or relief ... the sound of the app is much less aggressive and alive .... and sounds a bit "plastic ".

the price of a prophet is now very lev 5 but it is a mythical instrument, which will never be manufactured just like a stratocaster to era, those who own them do not sell The odds have virtually no chance of falling, c 'is an investment interresting (still requires the maintaining!) ,..... and more to be an instrument which has little chance of tiring .....
Docteur Frog05/06/2002

Docteur Frog's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Sequential Circuits Prophet-5
5 octave keyboard - designed by Dave Smith Synthesizer Synthesis soutractive -*
The pure analog.
There are references in the world of synthesis, leaving an imprint for all time;
The Roland Jupiter 8, the Minimoog or the Moog 55, Arp as the 2600 or even the Yamaha CS80 Audity E-mu are part of the legend. The Prophet 5 is classified among them.


Potentiometers, Knobs, tchick - tchik, buttons ....


... An instrument


quite relevant, but with the arrival of VST instruments, it is increasingly difficult to justify the price of certain machinery Hardware. However, this is exactly the type of artwork collector's item that should not be sold or found very difficult on the market Occaz.
The problematic issue of this superb instrument, the Prophet 5 is that it tends to detune naturally after several hours of heating. If the studio or at home, it may still be remediable .. yet on stage it's very unfortunate.
Tip: A good pie on the right side up (flat), it does not slam the card power supply but this puts the transpose / detune 0.
The second generation of Prophet 5 has no such Bugg. There are versions of the Prophet 5 Midifiées ... Chance!