Korg Prophecy

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Digital does analog! The Prophecy was among one of the first synthesizers to lead a revolution started in the mid-nineties by synthesizer makers to satisfy a growing segment of the market that was lusting after old-school vintage equipment in the pursuit of making electronica-style music, by providing a state-of-the-art retro synthesizer that could sound like a classic analog.

The Prophecy Solo Synthesizer was unveiled in 1995, and was a purely monophonic solo/lead synthesizer. It employed DSP synthesis first developed for the Korg OASYS synthesizer, with algorithms for producing realistic analog timbres, VPM (Variable Phase Modulation) tones similar to FM synthesis, and physically modeled brass, reed, and plucked string instruments. At your finger tips were tons of real-time control over traditional analog editing parameters like filter cutoff and resonance, envelopes and the arpeggiator. It had a pitch wheel, a mod wheel, an expressive dual action ribbon wheel, six effects processors and more!

It is used by The Orb, Jan Hammer, Download, Meat Beat Manifesto, Mirwais, Front Line Assembly, Kobe, Depeche Mode, Orbital, Theatre, Überzone, BT, Union Jack, The Prodigy, the Crystal Method, Eat Static, Apollo 440, Radio Head, Luke Vibert, Stabbing Westward, 808 State, Rick Wakeman, Yes, Joe Zawinul, the Pet Shop Boys and lots more! A great and modern techno/electronic music machine.

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53 Visitor comments
October 3, 2012 @ 2:10 pm
re: all those comments on how it looks - it's easy enough to take the unit apart and paint it satin black or even put the guts in a wood case.
June 23, 2012 @ 11:05 am
smoinync, it's not just bad design, it's also about trends and eras and "old fashion" thing. propechy may look ugly now but when it was released frey plastic was cool back then. now they have made zillions of cheap plastic controllers that looks like propechy, can you see? it's inflation what happens not bad design.
June 2, 2012 @ 8:25 am
I have one of these babies, actually had it from new, but now it seems to have developed a fault;
when switched on and plugged into my mixer I am getting a high pitched sound like the CPU is plugged into the audio out.
Is this a bad fault or easily fixed? please any help would be greatfully recieved as I dont want to lose it or throw it away.
May 5, 2012 @ 9:33 am
By the way, It's just my hypothesis, I didn't mean to offend anyone who is using this machine, I was just complaining the look not the sound.
May 5, 2012 @ 9:32 am
Replay Dan ; What I meant was the matter of product design that failed. I don't deny to its professional quality in sound. It sounds great &did amaze me. In ther term of design it looks like a midi keyboard, millanium silvered plastic, layered with buttons, knobs, keys & bender. IMO korg was lack of production design in 1997-1998 for example, korg 707, z1 maybe other company too, due to the trend of industrail design in that certain time. if u can think of others please name it.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - Physical Modeling
  • LFO - 4 LFOs, 30 Waveforms, Real-Time Modulation, 0-60Hz
  • Filter - Voice Filter: Resonant Low/Hi/Band/Notch
  • VCA - 4 envelopes
  • Keyboard - 37 keys (with velocity & aftertouch)
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator: Programmable, Sends/Receives MIDI Clock
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1995
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