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
August 5, 2014 @ 3:35 pm
I had one of these ages ago (1977 or so). Gave it away at the time. You could do some cool things with it, but I got frustrated with the limitations. I had just come off hundreds of hours with EML semi-modular synths.

When it comes to the current nostalgia for those old analog synths, just remember: you can always do less.
July 25, 2014 @ 4:46 pm
Just ordered one off of e-bay. I've wanted one for years (ever since Cevin Key said how the first Skinny Puppy album used this - I also noticed they still rock an SC Pro 1 in the Subconcious studio). The price has gone up 50% since last summer. Actually some of them are now twice the price they were last year. They only had a run of 10,000 and this might just be one of the best sounding mono synths out there.
April 1, 2014 @ 9:09 am
All my other synths had patches stored in them so you keep flipping thru the patches till you find something you like and when you run out of sounds, you buy a new synth with more patches. Then repeat the process...... forever always wanting the newest synths for there new sounds!

Then I discovered analog synthesis thru the Pro-One and holy [beep] I was blown away. You can shape the sound from scratch like a sculptor would create a statue from a block of marble.

Custom Patches for the Pro-One are on my website
Electric City
January 3, 2014 @ 4:31 pm
Ladytron used a Pro-One on stage (and probably on studio) during "Light & Magic" tour. Emily Haines from Metric also used a Pro-One since 2001.
December 17, 2013 @ 8:47 am
@a beautiful sounding time bomb

I also have the "low noise oscillator level" problem on my Pro-One. Could you or someone please post how to fix it, like what transistor to use and how to replace it? It has been bugging me since 1983 when I bought it but did't realize it was actually a defect.
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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