Sequential Circuits Prophet 2000

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An early and affordable sampler synth. It's similar to the Emulators and old Ensoniqs. It is a low quality sampler with a tiny 256k (or 512k) memory and 12 bit sampling. However it has analog VCF's and VCA's which give you analog tweak-control over the sounds you sample. Though it does not even come close to modern day synth samplers like the Kurzweil K2000, it is an affordable classic that, with a little creativity is capable of some great and unusual lo-fi sounds. It has 8 voices of polyphony, the keyboard can be split into 8 layers, MIDI equipped, and there is an arpeggiator.

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The Prophet 2000 was also released in a rackmount version called the Prophet 2002. These have been used by: Hardfloor, Depeche Mode, Ultravox, Information Society, Mark Isham, filmmaker/composer John Carpenter, and D:ream.

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29 Visitor comments
January 1, 2009 @ 12:58 pm
Together with Isham and Carpenter we can add Danny Elfman to the list of professional film music composers who have used the Prophet 2000/2002.
December 10, 2008 @ 11:50 am
Need help.... I bought one of these at a flea market ( for 5 dollars) It seem to be in perfect condition, Keys are perfect, Case is not scratched or dented. When I turn it on different lights light up but buttons do no function, No sound is generated when hooked to Amp. I think the disk drive is defective, Does it need the Drive to be working and a proper disk to be read to boot up or is it something else. Thanks
November 19, 2008 @ 5:33 pm
I actually have one of these samplers and the fidelity is great...better than any 12 bit sampler I've heard...I had an Ensoniq Mirage as well and it sounded like a piece of garbage next to this Sampler Although the Mirage is 8 bit, it sounds pretty terrible
November 13, 2008 @ 9:35 am
The description here is INCREDIBLY misleading. There is absolutely nothing lo-fi about this machine. It gives about as high quality as you can get from 12 bit converters running at 40kHz. Which in thjis case is a respectable 70 db S/N and a frequency range well over most peoples hearing range. Since it has one DA converter per voice it does come close to more modern samplers soundwise. The difference is that a modern sampler has infinitely more memory, and creates pitch change by interpolation. But the P2000 has analogue Curtis filters. That's why people still use it.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Sampler - 12-bit at 16khz, 32khz or 42khz
  • Effects - Arpeggiator
  • Filter - 8 analog VCF's: 1 per voice
  • VCA - 8 analog ADSR's: 1 per voice
  • Keyboard - 61 keys with Velocity
  • Memory - 256 to 512K (up to 30 seconds) + 3.5" disk storage
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1985
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