After 36 years Sequential just decide to reintroduced the synthesiser that changed the world, the legendary Prophet-5, and is adding the Prophet-10. Dave Smith has just changed the game by reaching back and pulling a legend back into being. He says that the new Prophet will embody all three versions of the Prophet-5 and is also reintroducing the Prophet-10, a ten-voice version of the synthesizer with the same sound engine and design.
Sequential says that the reissue is faithful to the original. The new Prophet-5 features five voices, with two multi-waveform analog oscillators, resonant analog low-pass filters and amplifiers, and a filter and amplifier envelope per voice. Modulation is provided by a multi-waveshape LFO and Poly Mod, a ground-breaking modulation scheme for its time that allowed the filter envelope and oscillator B to be routed to a variety of destinations including filter cutoff frequency, oscillator A frequency, and oscillator A pulse width.
The new Prophet-5 features original, genuine Curtis VCOs and filters, as used in the Prophet-5 Rev3, as well as the Dave Rossum-designed SSI 2140 filter, the modern counterpart of the original SSM 2040 Rossum designed in the Prophet-5 Rev1 and Rev2.
“We made the new Prophet-5 the best of all Prophets by embodying all three revisions of the original. We did this by adding a Rev switch to the front panel, so you can choose your preferred filter.”
Smith said, he added;
“We also researched what made the original P-5 sound the way it did — organic and alive — and found that a lot of that desirable character was due to fluctuations and differences in the response times and frequencies of the individual oscillators, filters, and envelopes from voice to voice. So we also added a ‘Vintage’ knob that loosens all of them up like they were in the old days. You can dial in progressively more vintage character as you go from a very stable “4,” as in Prophet-5 Rev4, all the way to “1,” as in Prophet-5 Rev1, which was the most temperamental of all Prophet-5s. We’ve even included the original factory sound set for the full vintage experience.”
Other modern enhancements include velocity sensitivity and aftertouch to increase expressiveness, as well as MIDI and USB connectivity. Control voltage and gate ins/outs are also present for connecting modular synths and other gear.
The Prophet-5 looks exactly like it should – like a Prophet-5, with steel and hand-oiled sustainable black walnut heartwood and a deceptively sedate look of simplicity and power. The result is as pure a renewal of an analog classic as you could wish for, with the authentic, muscular sound of the original and the roadworthiness of a state-of-the-art modern instrument.
Both models will be available in October. The Prophet-5 has a price of $3,499 or €3469 and the Prophet-10 comes in at $4,299 or €4265.