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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79 Visitor comments
Dave
September 11, 2013 @ 12:54 pm
In my opinion the nicest sounding in a mix (where it should be) is the Rev 3. Everyone clammering for the Rev 2 are missing a trick. The Rev 3 is reliable, lovely sounding, easier to find and just about the best polysynth for the money.
Deian Mountbatten
September 6, 2013 @ 9:06 am
I used to have a Sequential C. Prophet 5 and played it on almost all of my works I produced between 1979 and 1986,especially PALLAST/PALACE/TRON and in 1982 for ULTRAVOX!!,my stage name was 'Dejan Djordjevic', I lived in Mundingen,W-Germany when I started composing my 1st works in Nov.1979: I played it on the 1982 iNTiMATE COLLECTiON album: ELIZABETH'S EMPIRE, MAN ON THE PHONE,etc.Mr. Deian Mountbatten,Basement Flat Rear,189 Sandgate Rd,Folkestone,Kent,CT202HJ,UK. myspace.com/pallast
John Miller
July 22, 2013 @ 11:16 pm
@ambient guy, I found this chart to tell which version your Prophet is:

http://www.kentonuk.com/products/select/skt-models/sequential-kits.shtml
Ambient Guy
April 27, 2013 @ 6:34 am
A fantastic synth. I have one in my personal studio with midi but am considering selling it to pay for my daughter's education. A hard decision, it will be a great loss. I can't remember what version it is, anyone know how to find out?
Simon
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: simon@jinadu.com
 
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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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