Sequential Circuits Pro One

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The Sequential Pro One is a wicked little monosynth! It comes from the same period and genre as the Roland SH-101 and Moog Prodigy. The Pro One was basically Sequential's attempt at taking their legendary Prophet 5 poly-synth and packing it into a compact, inexpensive, monophonic analog synth! It has two VCOs, a great 4-pole lowpass filter, two ADSR envelopes (one for filter), and a compact three-octave keyboard. With a Pro-One, you can easily create punchy analog bass-lines and leads or quirky analog synth effects.

The Pro One is an extremely flexible synth with lots of modulation possibilities (ie: the filter, VCO B and LFO can modulate VCO A or B frequencies or pulse widths, or the VCF). There's also an onboard sequencer, something common on many Sequential synths but not often found on other monosynths of the time. It is very basic, however, storing only two patterns and up to 40 notes max. Also, only pitch info is recorded (and in step time only); you can not assign a note duration to any notes. So it's basically a short melodic sketch-pad...but useful. Also onboard is an arpeggiator which has UP and UP/DOWN patterns.

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The Pro One is relatively simple and intuitive to use, fun, educational and responsible for some of the coolest and hardest basslines in electronic music today! It is used by Hardfloor, Überzone, the Prodigy, Cirrus, Fluke, Depeche Mode, Download, Banco De Gaia, Vince Clarke, New Order, Freddy Fresh, Mouse on Mars, Prince, Soft Cell, Richard Barbieri and Sigue Sigue Sputnik.

But since you can't always find one (about 10,000 were produced), or one that works properly... Wine Country Sequential has come up with a solution! WCS has been servicing old Sequential gear for years, as well as selling repair parts, etc. They have developed the Pro One Software Synthesizer Plug-In, an awesome replica of the original Pro One, both in look and sound! It has some added features and is an incredible way to easily add the sound of the Pro One to your music!

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70 Visitor comments
November 18, 2013 @ 9:47 am
Easily the first major monosynth that any serious collector should buy. Syncs well with most analog drum machines. Probably the best affordable cem based synth out there unless you found a ob1 and those are not even in the same price class usually. The pro one (especially the early ones with the 100k pots) are alot smoother sounding when tweaking than an ob1. The way that the pots adjust the frequencies is totally different. An ob1 always seems to adjust in steps and has a gritty texture while a pro one just hums along while being adjusted.
November 6, 2013 @ 4:31 pm
I just got the MTG TurboCPU, with MIDI+CV expansion, for the Pro-One.

Turns the Pro-One into a modern vintage monster.
November 3, 2013 @ 5:08 pm
@ a beautiful time bomb

Cheers on getting your Pro up and running again! I would highly encourage you to revisit the keyboard contacts using Caig Deoxit D5 (red). It comes in aerosol or liquid and will improve the contacts greatly. Using an eraser is the worst thing one can do to electrical contacts as it damages the metal surface. Deoxit would be good for the pots also - the aerosol working the best in that application. Deoxit actually bonds on a molecular level with the metal surfaces increasing conductivity and protecting the surface from oxide build-up.
October 31, 2013 @ 12:45 pm
@Analogical Captain

Ozrics are one of my favourites too and the Pro One pretty much did 95% of all those freerunning arpeggio's that made up the unique Ozrics sound :)
Analogical Captain
August 20, 2013 @ 3:32 pm
One of the best decisions of my entire life buying a Pro One. I've been a fan of Ozric Tentacles for a very long time, and after 20 years it's great having THE synth which defined the sound of their earlier (and some of their later) albums. Mindblowingly psychedelic spacey noises, bubbles etc. The sequencer is limited but it's great you can change key and keep the arpeggiation. Love the glide control. and using the two oscillators so one is a fifth out from the other, making a dual harmony note on a monosynth. I don't care if it appreciates in value to £1 million - I'm NEVER selling it.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 2 VCOs (CEM-3340 chips): : VCO A saw/pulse, VCO B saw/tri/pulse, Noise
  • LFO - saw, tri, pulse
  • Filter - CEM-3320 Filter chips: 4-pole lowpass with Cutoff, Resonance, ADSR Envelope, Keyboard Tracking
  • VCA - ADSR Env
  • Keyboard - 36 keys
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arepg: UP, UP/DOWN patterns, Latch mode; SEQUENCER: 2 patterns of pitch info only, 40 note capacity.
  • Control - CV/GATE
  • Date Produced - 1981 - 1984
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