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
March 31, 2009 @ 7:30 am
As far as depth and complexity go, this is the baddest little monosynth around. IT'S NOT EVEN CLOSE...But you better know some synthesis sh1t...It's VERY deep. For electronic music (DnB, techno, etc...) this thing is just untouchable...Mine was stolen and I just haven't had the bread to get another. It hasn't lost any value on the second-hand market...
January 12, 2009 @ 11:21 pm
Tried it out when it first came out.
Nice. Not too digital sounding. Sound a little far from a P5.
Should have brough one. I had the money. I still cannot find an anologue I can afford that sounds as big. I do not like shopping online.
October 31, 2008 @ 4:40 am
I have owned my for over 10 years and got it when it first came out. I love it. For years I hated the interface (buttons and data dialing) for programming sounds. Especially since I also owned a basstation synth ver and orig Nord Lead. Then I got into the crazy filters that only the Prophecy has and for Drum and Bass this thing is maddness! Not that hard to program once you get a routine down. The sound of it is flawless in my head. I love my nord lead but the prophecy blows it away for drum and bass (and everything else) if you want to use a real hardware synth hands on, thats the only way for me. Even my Juno106 is getting dust now. Took me long enough to get into it with the other synths having knobs and sliders everywhere. I love mine, keeper. 2008 October, Happy Halloween. sam and his fatcat
September 26, 2008 @ 7:05 pm
I hate that the envelopes restart from zero regardless of the keyboard mode, so if there is a long attack and long release, each new key pressed causes the volume to drop instantly. It's extremely non-analogue behaviour. The nonlinear waveshapers are not antialiased and produce a lot of harsh aliasing tones.

Other than that, it's a great experimental machine.
September 23, 2008 @ 2:19 am
A very deep machine, if you can get around the horrible interface. Great for performance, nearly impossible for making your own sounds unless you're a pro synth programmer or have a lot of time on your hands.
Flaws as they are, I will still never ever sell mine because it sounds so good!
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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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