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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32 Visitor comments
January 20, 2013 @ 2:24 pm
The Tastronauten use one. You can hear it in almost every song. In combination with Yamaha CS80 you have a task force for nearly every sound battle. If you can get one for a good price, get it!!!!!
December 4, 2012 @ 10:10 am
Sadly I'm selling my T8, now on Ebay item number: 110983294626.
Ends 21:00 on 9/12/12.
Listing tells you all you need to know.
As complete as you will ever find I'm sure & fully serviced for the sale.
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...
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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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