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
November 22, 2013 @ 3:07 pm
Second link broken :(
second track: Mauro Picotto - "Lizard".
November 22, 2013 @ 3:04 pm
Hi Prophecy users :)
I have a little question:
I paste in this post two YT links. Please listening main melodies of this 2 tracks.
My question:
If this sounds (main melody) was included in Korg Prophecy as factory bank?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXl06FI hZx8

P.S.: Sorry for my english ;)
August 22, 2013 @ 8:14 am
I absolutely agree with rm regarding its appearance. The Prophecy might well have been the very first mass-produced silver-colored keyboard ever when it first came out. Around the same time silver was making a comeback on HIFI systems too - EVERYTHING in electronics was black at that time. Then 5 or so years later cheap MIDI controller keyboards started looking like this, and they still do.

Don't let that fool you! The Z1 is such an overlooked gem, and probably better value than the Prophecy since it's got more of everything. With that said, they're both cult machines and future classics.
December 27, 2012 @ 10:44 pm
hi, can anyone confirm the soundfaction site is legit (in order to purchase Progenie editor)?
https://secure.shareit.com/shareit/checkout.html?sessionid=2335965247&random =ed1e410938ff605dd988fa7f8784f54a&productid=100696&quickbuy=1
December 27, 2012 @ 10:11 pm
looking for Progenie editor.. can anyone point me in the right direction? Seems like all the google links are un-official and dodgy.
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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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