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
Philippe Landry
December 28, 2009 @ 4:24 pm
I used to own this synth. Boy do I regret selling it.
November 3, 2009 @ 2:52 pm
I was offered to buy this for 400 bucks several years ago - not knowing its potential, I didn't buy it because I thought it was incredibly ugly.
September 21, 2009 @ 1:50 pm
i remember liam howlett making his comments, he complained about it being monophonic and he could'nt play any cords, but then went on to use some factory presets on his albums, but come on the prodigy just got famous with there watered down breakbeats and cartoon rave and then big beat heavy metal, the prophecy is no toy, its a difficult instrument to master really, i control mine now with a er-1, thats 4 osc in total and lots more control, a classic design.
August 20, 2009 @ 2:11 pm
Difficult to program, but nice beefy sound..ugly though IMHO
August 14, 2009 @ 6:33 am
I agree that the Prophecy is a pain to program. I've had one for 8 years and it was mostly redundant in my setup. Odd to think that the 5 parameter knobs were meant to be similar to using analogue kit. However I discovered an old PC prophecy editor called ProGenie, it works on xp/vista too. It makes for simpler editing on a prophecy... managed to get some interesting sounds eventually, remember it does have (rare) comb filters. Though my Blofeld does it better. Anyway give Progenie a try if your prophecy is doing your head in...

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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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