Dave Smith Instruments has introduced the Prophet-6, a 6-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer.

The Prophet-6 is Dave Smith’s tribute to the poly synth that started it all—the Sequential Prophet-5.

But it’s not simply a reissue of a classic. Rather, as Dave puts it, “It’s the result of our effort to build the most awesome-sounding, modern analog poly synth possible.” The Prophet-6 takes the best qualities of the original Prophet-5—true voltage-controlled oscillators, filters, and amplifiers—and adds enhancements such as studio-quality effects, a polyphonic step sequencer, an arpeggiator, and more.

The result is pure, unadulterated analog tone with the stability and reliability of a state-of-the-art modern synth.

Sequential / Dave Smith Instruments Prophet-6

Prophet-6 features

  • Oscillators
    • Continuously variable wave shape (triangle, sawtooth, pulse, square) per oscillator.
    • Pulse width per oscillator.
    • Hard sync: oscillator 1 syncs to oscillator 2.
    • Triangle sub-octave generator (oscillator 1) per voice.
    • Low frequency mode (oscillator 2).
    • Keyboard tracking on/off (oscillator 2).
    • Oscillator slop amount for increased tuning instability, from subtle to extreme.
  • Mixer
    • Oscillator 1 amount.
    • Oscillator 1 sub-octave amount.
    • Oscillator 2 amount.
    • White noise amount.
  • High-pass filter
    • 2-pole, resonant, high-pass filter per voice.
    • Bi-polar filter envelope amount.
    • Velocity modulation of envelope amount.
    • Keyboard tracking: off, half, full.
  • Low-pass filter
    • Four-pole, resonant, low-pass filter per voice, inspired by the original Prophet-5 filter.
    • Filter can be driven into self-oscillation with the Resonance control.
    • Bi-polar filter envelope amount.
    • Velocity modulation of envelope amount.
    • Keyboard tracking: off, half, full.
  • Poly mod
    • Sources: filter envelope (bi-polar) and oscillator 2 (bi-polar).
    • Destinations: oscillator 1 frequency, oscillator 1 shape, oscillator 1 pulse width, low-pass filter cutoff, high-pass filter cutoff.
  • Effects
    • Stereo analog distortion
    • Dual, 24-bit, 48 kHz digital effects, including: reverb (room, hall, plate, spring), delay (full bandwidth digital delay and emulated bucket brigade and tape delays), chorus, and phase shifter.
    • Delay sync.
    • True bypass maintains fully analog signal path when digital effects are off.
  • Sequencer
    • Polyphonic step sequencer with up to 64 steps and rests.
  • Patch memory
    • 500 user and 500 factory programs in 10 banks of 100 programs each.
    • Direct program access, including Prophet-5 style single-button access to the current set of 10 programs.
  • Performance controls
    • Full-sized, semi-weighted, 4-octave keyboard with velocity and aftertouch.
    • Backlit pitch and mod wheels.
    • Spring-loaded pitch wheel with selectable range per program (1 to 12 semitones up and down).
    • Transpose controls for an 8-octave range.
    • Hold switch latches held notes on.
    • Polyphonic glide (portamento).
    • Unison (monophonic) mode with configurable voice count, from one to all six voices, and key modes.
    • Preset switch: when off, the front panel is live; what you see is what you hear.

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