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
July 21, 2014 @ 10:41 pm
The first multitimbral sampler, right? Isn't that worth something?
June 15, 2014 @ 4:46 am
I've owned one of these since the early 90's. The description is way off the mark considering this is a "Sampler" not an over-stuffed consumer workstation. The sampling time is ample for "sampling" and building up a layout of sounds, the keyboard itself is very well built, and it has a Mic/Line in: You go to sample, clear, set size, hold a mic, and arm! Done! Format a floppy without losing internal memory, and save whatever you have done!

To say this is lo-fi is rubbish too. It's a wicked keyboard that's instant, and easy to use. (P2000=256k mem, P2000+=512k mem, P2002=rack version BTW.)
January 23, 2014 @ 8:20 pm
The Prophet 2000 is an amazing synth. With a floppy disk emulator this thing can really still stand up against modern sampler keyboards for a few reasons:

-The arpeggiator is superb
-"Maps" (aka sound/settings/keyboard split) can be saved. This allows for someone to use the Prophet 2000 live easily with dynamic patch info. While the front panel is a bit quirky, once you set up a keyboard with eight keyboard splits you never have to redo that setup.

For playing ambient or experimental music and wanting an 80s digital edge, this is really the way to go.
August 3, 2013 @ 1:30 pm
does anyone know the difference between the p2000, p2002 and p2002 plus, memory wize?

is the p2002 the rack version of the p2000? or does the p2002 have extra memory?
is the p2002 plus just 8 outs instead of 2 or does it have additional memory compared to the p2002
July 4, 2013 @ 7:44 pm
@ Klaus: Yes it will accept start/stop commands: Parameters need to be set on the unit, by choosing your program, and setting up the matrix to the bottom row, "Rate", turn param know all the way to the left so the LED screen says 'nI" (Midi clock in). Your external sequencer or DAW must be set to Midi clock out and if MMC is implemented, set that to transmit. Get your sequence ready, and press play. You must have pre-programmed notes in your seq (no duuuhh) to play thru to the Prophet. You cannot set the ppq resolution stepping however, I think it's 96ppq so you will always get 16th note arps
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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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