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 5, 2013 @ 10:57 am
@not_now: Hah, I actually fixed it! :D See here:
October 22, 2013 @ 4:56 pm
altron - Good luck. Finding someone to repair them is nearly impossible. You might try a "faith healer".
Deian Mountbatten
September 6, 2013 @ 9:23 am
I play my Prophet VS like I did since I bought it in 1987,it had to replace my former Prophet 5. I have the updated system-chip version r1.2 And here's a secret,probability snd.programming:press+hold "ENTER" + ProgramSelect "2". I played lots of Prophet VS on many chapters of my THE THREE DIMENSIONAL FOURTH DIMENSION. Regards, Mr. Deian Mountbatten,Basement Flat Rear,189 Sandgate Road,Folkestone,Kent,CT202HJ,UK.
August 15, 2013 @ 10:20 am
Does anyone know how to fix a non-working VS joystick?
July 14, 2013 @ 6:44 am
fab fab fab synth - had one and like an idiot sold it. Really wish i had sampled it before i let it go. Stunning synthesizer with great presets. If I ever see one again i will buy it- blows the prophet 5 away
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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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