Sequential Circuits Prophet 5

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One of the first fully programmable polyphonic analog synths, the Prophet 5 is the most classic synthesizer of the eighties! It is capable of a delightful analog sound unique to Sequential's Prophet series in which the P5 was King! Five voice polyphony - two oscillators per voice and a white noise generator. The analog filters, envelope and LFO all sound great and are extremely flexible. The P5 had patch memory storage as well, which scanned and memorized every knob setting for storing and recalling your sounds - a desperately needed feature at the time!

The P5 lacked MIDI (a feature that came later on the P5 spin-off, the Prophet 600). But it is still loved even today for its great string sounds, analog effects, and punchy analog basses. Unfortunately the P5 is not immune to the dark side of vintage synths - it has its fair share of analog synth problems such as unstable tuning, it's difficult to repair, lacks MIDI, etc.

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There are basically three versions of the Prophet 5:

Rev 1 P5s are pretty unreliable, if you find one; they're also quite rare. These were all hand-assembled in the 'garage stage' of the company.

Rev 2 uses SSM chips, and has some differences in its control logic capabilities from the final version. It can't be retrofitted for MIDI, but is considered by most to be the better-sounding of the two 'common' P5s.

Rev 3 is the final version, and subsequent Rev 3.1, Rev 3.2 and Rev 3.3 each are capable of taking a MIDI retrofit. They're also capable of microtonal tuning. The audio quality of the Rev 3 is different, however, as it uses Curtis chips instead of Rev 2's SSMs; many people think the Rev 3 units sound 'thinner'. The Rev 3, however, is considered the most reliable of all of the different versions and they had 120 memory patches.

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The legendary Prophet 10 is essentially two Prophet 5 circuits stacked together for 10 fat voices of analog girth! The P5 has been used by Kraftwerk, Duran Duran, No Doubt, Depeche Mode, Vince Clarke, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Gary Numan, Thomas Dolby, New Order, Prodigy, INXS, The Cars, Phil Collins, Richard Barbieri, Hall & Oates, Jean-Michel Jarre, Sneaker Pimps, Steely Dan, Kitaro, Level 42, Pink Floyd, the Eurythmics, Pet Shop Boys, Vangelis, George Duke, filmmaker/composer John Carpenter and many more.

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April 8, 2013 @ 6:19 pm
Prophet 5 REV2 for sale. Beautiful example. Fully serviced, recapped, new key rubbers, renovated wood frame. UK based. Can ship. pics email:
March 15, 2013 @ 1:58 am
I have the rev.3 version and it sounds fantastic. Also, its one of the few analogue synths that stays in tune! I also have the native instruments prophet V software and I have to say that is really close to the original sound. Zarg music Prophet software is even closer but when you start experimenting with the knobs of this synth you realise the superiority of the hardware!
February 14, 2013 @ 8:36 pm
A great classic with a warn, vibrant sound. However, I have the 3.2, and have always found it a bit "dry" to my taste, so I haven't prgrammed it as much as I should. The Jupiter 8 is a bit more silky and fluid to my ears. I think the Prophet 5 sounds way better than the Memorymoog though, and I place it a alongside the great Oberheim OB-Xa . Looks great too!
January 19, 2013 @ 12:11 pm
I own a mini, and a Prophet 5 rev 2 and rev 3, and will never get rid of the 2. My rev 3 is still a great synth but there is just something about the REV 2. I love this more than my other 11 analog/vintage synths I own. The best of the best used and still use this incredible machine after 30 years.
January 2, 2013 @ 9:57 am
Simply THE best synth in the world... only 5 voices but a expressivity incredible... "c'est hallucinant !"

Also use by Hiroshima (One Wish), T-Square (It's Magic and many other), Chi-Lite, Junior, Shakatak, Kool & the Gang, Chaka Khan, the frenchman Phillipe Saisse, Maze, The Crusaders, and many other... oh and of course Yellow Magic Orchestra, the best ambassador for the P5 !
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 5 Voices
  • Oscillators - 2 OSC. per voice
    square / pulse / tri / saw
  • LFO - modulates pulse width or pitch
  • Filter - 24db Lowpass filter with resonance
  • VCA - ADSR
  • Keyboard - 61 keys
  • Memory - 40 to 120 patches
  • Control - CV / Gate
  • Date Produced - 1978-84
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