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
Mr. Vaughn
January 31, 2012 @ 12:49 pm
Yes, "virtual analogs" have come a long way, baby. I bought this synth in high school and didn't really like it. A older keyboardist friend of mine told me I just had to "learn how to use it". I pored over the manual and learned to program and manipulate the sounds with ease but still... I hated the damn thing! To me, there is just nothing inspiring about this synth. I suppose the VA's from the mid to late nineties made by the likes Nord or Access were better, but not by much.
January 28, 2012 @ 12:06 pm
I remember how phat it sounded. Great yesterday's innovation but failes in appearance design. Hard to program so I sold mine,
harmony vibes
October 28, 2011 @ 5:26 am
I bought mine in 1996, and was enjoying the thick textured sounds, the organic leads and the programming potential before it was stolen a year later. I just hope the thief knew how to delve it's menu depths. I still wish I could own one.... if you enjoyed gutsy lead noodling, this was the one to own, it had a nimble keyboard and phat pre-sets that drove you to solo as hard and fast as you liked; the strip and wheels really helped add some character too. Maybe one day....
June 30, 2011 @ 10:21 am
Really wanted to but I couldnt get along with this synth, I liked the sounds at first but they got old quite fast and I just found it such a pain to edit on and the results didnt please me. So thats why mines for sale cheap.
June 3, 2011 @ 5:04 pm
i just got one of these beauties, and while the onboard sounds are good, i feel sure theres better sound sets out there, can anyone point me in the right direction please, looking for strings/lead strings-odyssey type sounds.
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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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