Sequential Circuits Prophet T8

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A monstrous 8 voice polysynth from SCI! The T8 has a very fat Prophet-5-like tone. This synth adds many illustrious new features (for its time) such as full MIDI implementation, 76 full size weighted keys with velocity and aftertouch, split/layer double/unison keyboard modes, and a simple but useful real-time sequencer. The new keyboard features many dynamics enhancements, ie: aftertouch can affect pitch, level, filter or the LFO. It was Sequential's finest analog synthesizer. Digital control of analog sound with an extremely flexible, intuitive and beautiful design - right down to the wood panels!

Unfortunately the T8 suffered from the popularity of the much cheaper Yamaha DX7 back in 1983 when they were released. Although it still sounds great, the weighted keyboard is the T8's best feature making it the Rolls Royce of analog synthesizers. Generally these beasts are hard to find today and still very expensive. It has been used by Howard Jones, the Thompson Twins and Steve Levine.

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35 Visitor comments
November 4, 2012 @ 10:29 am
Ian Stanley from Tears for Fears has used it as well.
Great synth!
October 20, 2012 @ 2:46 am
Wow, one of the best audio clip samples on this site of any synth!
Iqmatul Fazreen
July 8, 2012 @ 8:02 pm
Ryuichi Sakamoto used Prophet T8 alongside with the famous Prophet-5 when they performing for their 1984 YMO concert at Nippon Budokan ! Nice synth anyway when Ryuichi played 'La Femme Chinoise' on the T8...
Lisa Crawford
May 28, 2012 @ 12:47 pm
Ive been playing synths since the early 80s, and owned most of the heavyweights over the years. The Prophet T8, with its weighted keys and unique, fat fat sounds is by far and away the best analogue synth ever made. It is the synth that just keeps on giving; and giving... I absolutely love mine; Ive played Jupiters and Oberheims and Moogs etc, and this is my choice. The only negative I would say is that forget about traveling or gigging with this monster; just too big and too finicky for the road.
Bo Bob
May 15, 2012 @ 9:46 pm
It's OK but the Prophet 08 is better. Fact.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 Voices
  • Oscillators - 2 VCO's per voice (16 oscillators)
  • Sequencer - YES (670 notes)
  • Filter - 24dB/oct low-pass with cutoff, resonance, env amount, key tracking
  • LFO - Waveforms: square, triangle and sawtooth.
    Destinations: osc a, osc b, pulse width, filter
  • VCA - 2 ADSR envelopes per voice
  • Keyboard - 76 weighted keys (w/ velocity & aftertouch)
  • Memory - 128 patches
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1983
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