Sequential Circuits Prophet VS

Sequential Circuits Prophet VS Image

Here's a very cool keyboard from Sequential. Notice the joystick for controlling your sound modeling. The Prophet VS uses Vector Synthesis as its revolutionary new means of sound creation. It uses a total of four oscillators per voice with 127 waveforms (32 user) and dynamic waveform crossfading via the joystick. This was Sequential's first digital synth, and it was also their final synth unfortunately. But after Sequential was gone, Vector Synthesis technology went into the popular Korg Wavestation and Yamaha's SY-22 and TG-33.

Sequential Circuits Prophet VS Rack Image

Pictured above is the common rackmount version of the PVS. The Prophet VS is still a very sought after instrument because it has an incredible range of sounds! Its only problem is that there's practically nobody left that can fix it if something went wrong. It is used by Brian Eno, Trent Reznor, Apollo 440, Depeche Mode, Vince Clarke, Kraftwerk, Vangelis, Erasure and filmmaker/composer John Carpenter.

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35 Visitor comments
November 16, 2012 @ 4:19 pm
Geddy Lee of Rush used a couple of VS's from around 1986-89. There are VS sounds all over their "Hold Your Fire" album. The VS "Voices" patch, probably used most commonly of all the factory presets, is also on The Outfield's "No Surrender," one version of Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings," Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again," etc. That sound was popping up all over the place in the late '80s.
Ted B
August 28, 2012 @ 5:35 pm
I found the Prophet VS to have its own unique identity, and is capable of generating some very unusual, powerful sound textures with skillful programming. Its 12-bit PCM waveforms provide diverse timbral color, and there are enough digital artifacts to keep things interesting. It's four oscillators per voice and Curtis filters make things real fat in a hurry. The VS can create sounds that seem virtually inimitable, and that makes mine a keeper.
July 14, 2012 @ 11:18 am
Shout out to all you people that spent hours programming this awsome synth - ive made some of my best music on this - allthough the joystick was broken i created the most bizzarre unatural sounds with it.
May 31, 2012 @ 9:27 am
great sounding synth. but the programming takes hours.
March 22, 2012 @ 1:50 pm
Love this synth, have one in the studio, though i am always leery about taking it out on the road...
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 Voices; 2-part multitimbral
  • Oscillators - 96 preset waveforms + 32 user waveforms
  • LFO - Two, each with own envelope generator
  • Filter - Curtis analog (digitally controlled) 4-pole lowpass with its own envelope generators
  • Envelopes - 5 stage amp, filter and mix envelopes
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (velocity / aftertouch)
  • Memory - 100 patches
  • Effects - twin chorus, stereo effects panning of individual oscillators/individual voices
  • Arpeggiator - very nice versatile arpeggiator, user can define note order by playing etc.
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1986-87
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