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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michaelphibes
November 1, 2012 @ 10:38 pm
alien sex fiend used this, now i really want one but i'm not a copycat i swear
Klaus
October 24, 2012 @ 10:58 am
Demons uses the Pro One extensively. Check vimeo for a clip of them performing at the Synthworkshop Show with 2 1/2 Pro Ones(One of them being home-mutilated by Nate Young) Great band, great synth. On the top of my wish list together with Mono/Poly
Austin
October 10, 2012 @ 7:37 pm
Emily Haines of Metric is currently using one of these almost exclusively on their Fall 2012 tour.
Peter Davis
July 19, 2012 @ 11:19 am
Hi youknowjuno, I stand corrected...I remember watching Howard Jones perform that tune live on TV, circa 1985. He'd have the two Prodigy's set up in front, with the Pro1 behind. When it came to the solo, I was sure he turned around and played it on the Pro1. Perhaps that was just a one off, or my dodgy memory! Cheers.
Micke
July 8, 2012 @ 3:45 pm
Also used by Marillion, Images In Vogue, Howard Jones, Mark Shreeve, Tangerine Dream, Bronski Beat, Berlin, Joel Fajerman, Zombi, Our Daughters Wedding, Lee Curreri (of 'Fame'), Skinny Puppy, Boris Blank /Yello, Didier Marouani (Paris France Transit), Rational Youth, Thompson Twins, Charles Bernstein (film soundtracks), Twice A Man, Secret Service, Adolphson & Falk, Lustans Lakejer et al.
 
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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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