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
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April 22, 2012 @ 5:09 am
good for how works synth studing without computer :) study love it first and
maybe u can make your own sound though 0-127 control of midi do u have faith that
calculation? so V.A 's era now over and we do programs and this old one is really good to know what the people of that age think synth. very good for study. :)
April 4, 2012 @ 7:47 pm
@Smoinync How does it fail in appearance ?? its an awesome synth capable of many sounds ,sure its phatt as i still have mine, it just blows some some current synths on the market out of the water . It great for growling tb 303s and other phatt moog basses if you play around with the sounds ..... :)
March 4, 2012 @ 4:02 pm
Very capable synth though I've not used mine as much as I might because it's so complex - there's so much you can do that you end up getting bogged-down in programming and end up turning to a simpler synth instead for faster results. You can create some stunningly complex musical phrases with nothing more than the LFOs, so the inability of the synth to sync its LFOs to your sequencer is a real disappointment - such an obvious thing for Korg to overlook!
March 2, 2012 @ 1:58 pm
You really cant knock this synth. Ive just this second sold mine and now feel a little bit gutted (i may even buy one again in the future), but the simple fact is im just not good enough for it (like many others who blame the synth rather than themselves) Ive seen a few demos on youtube and some guys really are pros with it, they have it doing things i could never dream of! I found the original presets boring but once you begin to edit them they become something totally unique! Respect to the Prophecy! :D
February 25, 2012 @ 9:58 am
Still using mine, bought it back then! Great tool. I find it very inspiring... but it depends on what style of music you make. It's actually very versatile if you know how to make it do what you want to. The sound is quite unique.
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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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