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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Jay
April 24, 2011 @ 2:53 am
Phil, thanks for your reply. I actually bought the Mopho Keyboard a few weeks ago, and absolutely love it... I think it sounds amazing! It has the same Curtis filter as the old Sequential stuff and that can easily be heard!
VSE says it well: "It's tempting to make the Pro-One comparison, but it's much more accurate to think of the Mopho as a descendant rather than a reproduction. It shares the same spirit and function, but has a soul and personality that is all its own."
If I do stumple across a cheap Pro-One at some point I might still get it... but I'm definately not in a hurry now! :-)
phil
April 22, 2011 @ 3:54 pm
Jay, I can tell you that the pro1 is better sounding that the mopho,I own a prophet 5 and a pro1 and I played in a friend's studio both the prophet 08 and the mopho,I can say that both are very good sounding synth and if you decide to buy one of this surely you ll be satisfacted...but I don t know if after some month you ll still be happy... I had fun for a little time trying mopho becose it's simple,with a lot of memories and sounds good but when I came back to my studio and I switched on the prophet5 and the pro1 I realized.... pro1 sounds better than mopho...far better..wait for a pro1!!
Jay
April 9, 2011 @ 8:09 am
Since this is almost impossible to find I was thinking of getting the Dave Smith Mopho Keyboard. Does anyone know they have some similarities in sound?
Rob Ocleot
January 7, 2011 @ 11:39 pm
I urge anyone who owns a Pro-One to install the MTG Tubro+MIDI upgrade:

http://www.musictechnologiesgroup.com/

Makes a great synth even better.

(and no, that's not me selling them. I'm just a very happy customer)
lostjohn
December 17, 2010 @ 1:31 am
I had one and loved it. You can patch that Jan Hammer Secret Pitch Bend sound without a minimoog.
 
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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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