Sequential Circuits Prophet 10

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This rarely seen monster analog synth is by far one of the fattest and nicest vintage synthesizers. The Prophet 10 is simply two glorious Prophet 5 synthesizers stacked together. That gives 10 voices with 20 of Sequential's unique analog VCO oscillators at 2 per voice for a big fat analog dream! The Version 1 series suffered from major overheating and unstable tuning problems making it clumsy and unreliable to use. It also had a standard 61 note keyboard and looked just like the P5.

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Then came a bigger and better looking stacked keyboard version (as seen above); to be known as Version 2. Better chips were designed which soon cured most of the overheating problems. While Rev. 1 & 2 Prophets used chips made by SSM (Solid State Microdevices) which were fatter sounding but less stable, the Rev 3 Prophets changed to CEM (Curtis Electronics Manufacturing) chips. These increased their stability and reliability. Some audiophiles think they sound thinner than the SSM chips. However tuning and other functions were still somewhat unstable.

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Version 3 (pictured top) was by far the best and most stable. 20 oscillators (2 per voice), 10 voices, 2 independent 61 note keyboards and all the great sounds and editing facilities as the Prophet 5! Built in Tuning tones and Auto-Tuning functions help make sure you won't go out of tune. And top notch circuitry and design prevent overheating. Multiple keyboard modes allow for true flexibility for different performance / voicing needs! The Prophet 10 is a truly fat and classic analog instrument. Used throughout the 1980's and on into the 90's by names like Tangerine dream, The Orb, The Who, the Pet Shop Boys, Vangelis, Genesis, the Human League, and filmmaker/composer John Carpenter.

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25 Visitor comments
June 21, 2009 @ 5:25 pm
I don't understand how a p10 isn't identical to a p5. Isn't it just 2 p5's in a box?
Daniel Fletcher of Dazz-Synth
March 23, 2009 @ 7:40 am
This synth is also used by skinny puppy on ther album "Bites"
January 14, 2009 @ 6:03 pm
Almost brought a P10 in the 1990's but suspected something wrong. Later, I heard of heating problems and instability because of heating problems. I have VST52 and VST53 anyway+P10 samples. The P10 to me sounds different from P5. Sounds are nice and buzzy. Yes the P10 when playing one single patch is not as good sounding as the original P5.
I would not want to add fx to P5 sounds, why would I want to do it to P10?
John Tarvin
December 21, 2008 @ 9:45 pm
I have one of these. It is a beautiful analog synth. I had mine retrofitted by Sequential Circuits for basic MIDI. What a phat sound!!!
September 11, 2008 @ 11:54 am
This is what sex with black and white keys looks like people! Its big, its gorgeous, and my friends fear it. I have mine in the living room on prominent display. It simply begs "play me daily." I'll eat dog food before I sell it! The sound of the P10 is smoooooth and warm...

If you have one PLEASE take care of it. I'm confident they'll never make anything this over-the-top again.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 10 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 VCOs per voice (20 oscillators); Poly-Mod; Noise
  • Sequencer - Sequencer: Polyphonic 6 track (4,000 to 10,200 notes)
  • Filter - Low pass resonant VCF with ADSR
  • LFO - 1 LFO with rate
  • Keyboard - Version 1: 61 keys; Version 2&3: 122 keys (dual manual kybd)
  • Memory - 32 patches
  • Control - CV / GATE (MIDI retrofits available and recommended)
  • Date Produced - 1980

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