Prophet 5 Synth
The Prophet 5 Synth
No serious vintage synth collector can be without a Prophet 5 Analog Synth. The Prophet 5 was made between 1977 to 1984 and is among the very first synthesizers able to store user settings and sound parameters into patch memory.
One of the other remarkable feature of the Prophet 5 synth was its whopping 5-Voice Polyphony. Wow, back in 1977 you could finally play up to 5 voices at the same time.
The Prophet 5 was a technical marvel and the envy of every Synth enthusiast back in its day. Admired for its rich, textural sounds and known for its classic, polyphonic sweep, the Prophet 5, like the Moog, became the standard in Analog Synths for that era. The Prophet 5 synth is capable of producing pretty good sounding brass, atonal and bell tone sounds.
|Prophet-5 Model||Average||Very Good||Mint|
|Rev 1: Serial Numbers 1-182||$5,800||$6,700||$8,000|
|Rev 2: Serial Numbers 184-1299||$5,800||$6,700||$8,000|
|Rev 3: Serial Numbers above 13||$5,800||$6,700||$8,000|
|Prophet-5 Synthesizer with Remote Keyboard||$5,800||$6,700||$8,000|
|Prophet-5 Synthesizer with Polyphonic Sequencer||$5,800||$6,700||$8,000|
Prophet-5 Synths are equipped with some pretty cool modulation capabilities; With its Poly-Mod feature, the output of the filter envelope generator is passed through A couple of mixer knobs and can be hooked up to the pulse and pitch controls on the first oscillator, then to the cutoff frequency control. All three features can be tweaked at the same time, allowing for some wide-ranged, complex sounds and effects.
Prophet 5 enthusiasts have varying degrees of opinions on the three manufacturer revisions of the synth. The first two; Rev 1 and Rev 2 were made by Solid State Music and Rev 3, by Curtis Electromusic Specialties. Depending on who you talk to, you may get some difference of opinions on the experts as to which of these Revisions produces the richest, thickest sounds. At any rate, these kinds of debates and disagreement add to the historical perspective and value of these vintage analog synths. Additionally, some very notable music groups and performers played on the Prophet 5: Weather Report, Joe Zawinal, Pink Floyd, just to name a few.
The Prophet 5 Synth Sound
This demonstration of the Prophet 5 does a great job taking us back and letting us hear the fat, rich sounds this analog, vintage synth is capable of producing.
|Manufactured by||Sequential Circuits|
|Price||US$4495 (Rev 1, Rev 2); US$3995 (Rev 3)|
|Oscillator||2 VCOs per voice|
Analog Frequency modulationvia Poly-Mod
|Filter||24 dB/octave resonant low-pass|
|Attenuator||2 x ADSR; one for VCF, one for VCA|
|Memory||40 patches (120 patches on later units)|
|Left-hand control||Pitch & modulation wheels|
Optional factory MIDI kit for later Rev 3 units
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