Native Instruments Pro-53

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The Pro-53 takes what was already one of the best classic synth emulators to a whole new level with improved features and sound! The Pro-53 is the third installment from N.I. of the Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 analog synth plug-in. The original Pro-Five, a VST-Instrument, was a faithful recreation of the original Prophet 5 and allowed thousands of computer-based musicians the chance at playing and performing the classic synth themselves, and for just a few hundred bucks! Following the Pro-Five came the Pro-52 which added many features bringing the plug-in up to date with more modern functions like effects, enhanced MIDI (SysEx import/export), audio inputs, and stand alone capability.

The Pro-53 is the next version, released in late 2002. It added many new exciting features. It added the all-important MIDI-learn function which lets you quickly and easily assign control knobs, sliders, etc. on your synth controllers to any of the parameters available from the front panel display of the Pro-53. The Pro-53 was also compatible with all major Mac and PC audio interface formats of the time (ASIO, DirectSound, MME, SoundManager, VST 2.0, Audio units, RTAS, DXi, DirectConnect, MAS/FreeMidi). There's also a re-designed oscillator technology giving the Pro-53 a punchy, warmer, and more dynamic sound. For a virtual instrument, it sounds very organic and is much more stable and cleaner than the original Prophet 5's aging analog circuits. The Pro-53 interface has been spruced up as well, adding larger knobs and few new ones too.

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The filter has new features including a switch to invert the filter envelopes, and a new high-pass filter. There was a new LFO-Envelope-Retrigger function which retriggers the envelope with each new cycle of the LFO wave for interesting animated and colorful sounds. The Amplifier section featured a new Hold button which latches any notes played so you can free up your hands to tweak sounds while hearing their effects in real-time. Linear and circular knob control modes allow you to customize the Pro-53 to your ergonomic preference. In linear mode the mouse moves up or down to adjust the knobs; in circular mode the white notch on the knob follows the mouse as you drag it around the knob, clockwise to increase and counter-clockwise to decrease it. The NI logo is actually a pull-down menu holding most valuable functions including the MIDI Learn mode, controllermaps, microtuning settings, and other plug-in settings. It has been used by Hans Zimmer. Although Native Instruments has discontinued the Pro-53, its sound sets, patches, etc. are still available from NI's user database.

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13 Visitor comments
chuckie egg 2
June 25, 2012 @ 3:37 am
With a room full of hardware VA, analog VCO & DCO synths, this STILL manages to sound good to my ears. Go figure...

Also still a big fan of Audio Simulation's Dreamstation DXi synth. How come these 2 oldies don't alias like the new VSTi's, yet are only approx 0.5% per voice on CPU load?
Tired of Softsynths
April 23, 2012 @ 3:33 pm
lamster = 100% correct.

Like other VA VSTi offerings, the Pro-53 PALES in comparison to the real thing. Just listen to the demos here, and behold the thin-sounding, lifeless Pro-53 filter. Where is the sizzle?

Analog emulations are still not there. They only work in productions in a limited capacity.

U-He's Diva gets a lot closer to GOOD, but even better is a Prophet 08. Go and LISTEN to one and you'll see what I mean.
January 9, 2012 @ 2:16 pm
I agree with Dave S.'s comment. I played Pro 53 back to back with a P5 Rev 3.2 and was shocked at how close they were. Yes, there are subtle differences but it's so close that most will not notice. This VSTi really is in the 'close enough' category.
February 13, 2011 @ 9:40 am
pro53 is a very usable virtual inst and is more lively than pro52. If you forget that it is meant to be a prophet5 emu and judge it on what it does and use it for what ever fits your music then I think it is a very good VA synth, pro5 it isn't.
February 13, 2011 @ 9:33 am
XH90 I know where your coming from. I'm not convinced with VA either. In the confines of the studio all the cpu emu stuff sounds great and its easy to burn your finished project to Cd couldn't do that 20 years ago.what if you want to gig or jam.?
I spent months building a keyboard with a pc inside and a tft on the front loaded up vst and a shed full of plugs and took it out for a jam. sounded great on its own until the others joined in then it just sounded wrong.Through an amp it was just too thin no depth, didn't even do as well as some sad bit of 90s digital kit.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voices per Instance
  • Oscillators - 2 Oscillators. Osc. A has sawtooth and pulse waveforms. Osc. B has sawtooth, triangle and pulse waveforms.
  • LFO - 1 with sawtooth, square and pulse waveforms, MIDI sync, envelope triggering. Assignable to oscillators, filter, etc.
  • Filter - 24 dB/oct low-pass / high-pass filter with resonance, self oscillation, ADSR envelope
  • Envelopes - ADSR envelope and Hold function
  • Effects - Delay Section creates Multi-Echo, Chorus, Flange effects and is MIDI-syncable
  • Memory - 512 Programs (8 programs per bank, 8 banks per file, 8 files). Unlimited Files (512 programs) can be created and stored on your computer for virtually unlimited memory.
  • Macintosh - Mac OS 8.6 or higher, PPC 604, 233 MHz, 64 MB RAM
    VST 2, Audio Units, RTAS, Core Audio, Core MIDI, ASIO
  • Windows/PC - Windows 98/2000/ME/XP, Pentium 233 MHz, 64 MB RAM.
    VST 2, DXi, RTAS (XP only), ASIO, MME
  • Date Produced - 2002
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  • Images from Vintage Synth Explorer.

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