Sequential Circuits Prophet 600

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The first commercially available synth to implement MIDI!! It's a fun synth. Its big brother is the legendary Prophet 5. The P600 is very affordable today and is a great buy. Models with the newest software will enjoy polyphonic MIDI implementation and up to 100 memory patches to store their own sounds! The sound of the Prophet 600 is brighter and harsher than that of a Juno 106 but still just as funky.

The P600 has two oscillators per voice with sawtooth, triangle and variable pulse waveforms. The oscillators can be individually tuned or synced together. Similar quality VCF and VCA sections from the Prophet 5 can be found here too! The P5's Poly-Mod section has also been passed onto the P600.

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The P600 is extremely versatile and easy to use! Its best functions include the onboard arpeggiator, 2-track sequencer and poly-modulation. The P600 is great for creating analog effects, swells and drones. It has a cool glide effect and has very flexible modulation possibilities! It is used by Hardfloor, The Higher Intelligence Agency and Eat Static. Perfect for Ambient, Dub and other electronic music.

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MIDI Parameter Codes:

  • Record + 1 = program change on/off
  • Record + 2 = current program dump
  • Record + 3 = center pitch wheel
  • Record + 4 = wheel send/receive on/off
  • Record + 5 = sequence dump
  • Record + 6 = Omni mode on
  • Record + 7 = voice defeat (hold key down first)
  • Record + 8 = Poly mode on
  • Record + 9 = channel +/-

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84 Visitor comments
January 4, 2009 @ 1:06 am
Another sad story in the world of me! Found one in a dusty old music shop, with a £100 price tag, only 5 note poly. bought it, replace a sound chip and worked fully, found out that it was 'NEW' and had been sitting around for over 5 years. Wonderful instrument and an historic one being the first MIDI synth. As a session player, digital synths were want was needed at the time (analogue was out of date) so a traded it in for a DX7 II FD a week before the Korg M1 was released. while I still have the DX7 I would give an arm and a leg to have the P600 back.
Roger "R.L" Hurtubise
November 10, 2008 @ 3:40 pm
I got one of these a year ago, needless to say I love this machine, I had to fix some problems with mine (sticky/short keys) but other then that it was a gem. I love the simple fact you can get prophet 5 like tones out of this little dynamo. I love it
September 14, 2008 @ 5:19 pm
Hugely underrated but wonderful sounding synth..on about the same level in comparison to the Jupiter 6. Super pads, strings and a lot more besides. Introduced at the the same time as the Jupiter 6, which were the first two synths ever to have MIDI and was one of very few Twin VCO analogue MIDI synths. I have produced some stunning pads out of this synth, and if you get a T8 instead even better, but it is much more expensive. The sound is also essentially the same as a T8 as it uses very similar ciruitry, identical Curtis chips and software generated envelopes just like the T8. The T8 has much more control over the sound and a superb keyboard to name just a couple of things.
The Prophet 600 has a very fat Prophet-5-like tone as it was designed as a cost cutting Prophet 5 and I do think they achived that. Definitely the next best thing to a Prophet 5 or T8 if you cant afford those beasts. And a much more original tone compared to the overdone and over-hyped Junos and Jupiters.
September 11, 2008 @ 10:03 am
Guess what? This synth is awesome. The warm sizzle of the pads/leads... the bass that's fuzzy and fat... makes this synth a great bargain if you're looking for that classic Prophet sound. Sure, it's no "5", but it's close enough for me.. w/o breaking my bank account. Perfect size too... if you're looking to add a mid-sized keyboard to your studio. Looking for analog character...? Here it is... Design is classic too... All metal with wood sides, with the Irish font lettering, gives this synth vintage personality. If you find one that's in good condition, it's a good idea to try it out. Best when using the SIX-0-8 eprom, which can still be bought from Wine Country.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 Voices
  • Oscillators - VCO A saw / pulse / tri; VCO B saw / pulse / tri / PW
  • LFO - pulse / tri
  • Filter - cutoff / res / env / kybd
  • VCA - ADSR
  • Keyboard - 61 keys
  • Arpeg/Seq - Sequencer: 2-track, real-time only; Arpeggiator: up, down, up/down
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1982

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