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
July 31, 2009 @ 3:05 pm
Plenty of useful sounds but these synths do take a good while to learn. Nice for those who have limited space in their home studios. Very portable too, not as unwieldy as a large synth. I think these would have been better if they had the ability to do stereo as well, but I guess the mono feature was regarded as a selling point. I have found mine quite useful for soundtrack and ambient music.
July 21, 2009 @ 2:04 am
A product of hype and fashion, pick up now if cheap as a fun toy but severely limited (Liam Howlett hated his in the end). Crap korg buttons as always and cheap/breakable build. Overated and over priced in 2009.
July 11, 2009 @ 7:09 am
The only the strongest point of criticism is the adynamic initial attack which can be increased by further external filters or distortion pedals. Effect section reminds on first generation digital rubbish. Concerning handling: there are plenty of possibilities to configure the controlers.
May 12, 2009 @ 4:53 pm
One of its kind really.A mono synth in the mid 90's,only Korg would have visioned that!Fun to play,difficult to program.
April 8, 2009 @ 11:52 pm
I have had mine for over ten years and I'm still learning new things with this thing, that's how deep it is. I don't use the internal sounds as often as I used to, but the synthesis capability is impressive. I use it primarily as a controller for my other gear. The arpeggiator is the cat's meow and the assignable mod wheels and ribbon strip really let you go to town on her. A crucial component to my rig.
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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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