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
Grimey Beats
March 8, 2013 @ 2:40 am
wasdnt impressed with the p2000 at all - the user interface [beep] s for sure, and the sound was pretty lame too - was so glad to get rid of this for an akai s950....wouldnt recommend this keyboard at all.
January 8, 2013 @ 11:10 am
Anybody care to share some info on how the onboard arpeggiator syncs to Midi? Will it accept start/stop commands making it act like a SH101 arp?
October 3, 2012 @ 6:56 pm
and also i can't read properly.. so i'm sorry mate :) haha
October 3, 2012 @ 6:54 pm
@ashe35 the cure didn't use this on the [beep] ography album. Because [beep] ography was recorded in 1982 and this sampler released in 1985.. so unless they had a time travelling's not possible.
September 26, 2012 @ 7:05 am
For sharing, editing and generating sounds, look at
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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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