Rocktron Prophesy II Reviews4.5/5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
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from Hawthorne, New Jersey
May 29, 2007Music Background:
Pro Touring, Live/Studio Session Guitarist
Just As At Home Playing Small Clubs As It Is Playing In Large Theaters/ArenasI don't quite know what to say except that after actively gigging for the past 20 plus years, spending a few of those years on the road, through all the studio and live sessions and being pretty much my own roadie all of that time, my body is now at 38 years old starting to feel the havoc of hauling around a wall of 4/12 cabinets, an amp rack case and a seperate effects rack case and pedalboard. It was time for me to face the reality that if I wanted to continue to play out on the live scene I needed to scale down, lighten my load and roll with the punches of getting older.
But how is an ultimate tone chaser like myself going to accomplish this large feat??
It wasn't easy until now! Enter the Rocktron Prophesy II.
For a while, I tried the digital rack thing but wasn't happy with the tone. Let me assure you wholeheartedly that the Prophesy II gets you to tube warmth territory with ease. All of the responsiveness of a tube amp is there. It is easy to use and just as easy to learn how to manipulate the unit to change parameters to get it to do what you want. The built in Rocktron effects are nothing short of amazing in their studio quality sound. With the optional Midi Mate floor controller, you can have all access to your parameters in a live situation at the push of a button.
The unit sits in my rolling 8 space shallow rack case with my Furman Power Conditioner, my now rackmounted wireless, a BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer and an old Mosvalve power amp I had stored in the closet.
After all the years of breaking my back to have tube tone, warmth and responsiveness, I went from hauling around hundreds of pounds of multiple cases of gear to now pulling a rolling rack case that weighs about 30 lbs fully loaded and a pair of 2/12 cabinets on casters and that's it other than a couple guitars.
My setup time with the old rig was about 45 minutes wiring everything in and now in 2 minutes I am ready to play. Teardown time was almost the same and again in 5 minutes I am all packed up.
I have used this rig the past two months playing gigs from bars of 100 or less people to ballroom/theaters that hold 2,500+ people and it does the job equally in either situation. Other guitarists cannot believe the tone I get from my rig and say that after hearing this rig that they are going to do the same as me. I know 4 of them that have already done so. All my tube amp heads, effect racks, and 4/12's are going up for sale!!
I am as pleased as I will probably ever be as a guitarist in search of his personal holy grail of tone. I knew I had it with my old rig, but now I know I have it just the same in my Prophesy II rig and my back and legs have thanked me!!
May 28, 2012Music Background:
Hobby musician. Play in a few local bands.
Itís pretty nice but.............I have been playing guitar for since I was 15, Iím almost 40 now. Iíve had a lot of gear. I have found things I prefer in that time.
Les Pauls with long tenon necks and non drilled bodies. Jumbo frets, duncan JB and APH-1N pickups. I do have a Les Paul with emgís 81x and 85x.
I play rock mostly, AIC, soundgarden, dope, mettalica, megadeth, and I play some lighter bluesy stuff as well.
I like a rig with a lot of nuance, I like my pick attack to change the distortion. I use my volume knob and pick lighter to go from kill to clean on the same channel. The Prophesy wont do that.
It will tear off your face with gain it will clean up a bit but not like a great tube amp. It has all kinds of effects that are very fun and itís fairly intuitive to setup.
I tried to like it, I really did. But at the end of the day I prefer my VHTs ( Fryette these days ) Itís really not a fair comparison between the two, but in the end itís what comes out of the speakers that counts.
I did have an idle curiosity of how it would sound running through a Palmer speaker simulator, Rocktrons speaker sims leave a bit to be desired. But another $1200 on top of the prophesy and you just bought a bogner.
I do have an old made in the US rocktron vendetta that actually sounds very good and even has external bias test points and adjusment, all tube 4 channel, midi controlled, parallel and series effects loops. Very cool. They should remake that one.
February 1, 2005
Rocktron ProphesyIf you're anything like me you've searched for half your life for the Holy Tone Grail. I've spent thousands of dollars on preamps,processors, modeling amps, the entire gamut. Your search will end with the Prophesy! The sounds are no less than "stellar". Right out of the box, you could play any venue, any style and shine. Although it does take some time to go thru the 96 page manual, (particularly difficult for those not "parameter" savvy), but after a month or so of trial and error, you finally get there. Buy this unit and settle your tone lusts forever!
February 1, 2005
This is it.I've been playing for 18 years. The constant dilhema is Tone versus versatility versus portability. You can have a great tube amp, a fender or a boogie, for example. If you only want one or two great sounds, great, you're set. But forget effects, forget variations on that tone. Or you can have processor with all these options at the click of a button, by then do any of those options really sound as good as the one or two on your tube amp?
Technology is great. It initially gave us tube amps, don't forget. Enter the digital age, and many have tried, and many have failed. Digitech sucks. GT6, I own one, good for some things, bad for heavy overdrive. Line6 xp, etc. sort of there. Sort of not. Still lacking.
Enter the Prophesy. It's been around a long time, but I finally gave it a shot. This sucker kicks ***. You want melt your face, rattle your chest metal tone? Boy, is it in there. It delivers. You want clean Fender jazz or blues settings, boy, is it in there. YOu want a kick *** hush system to match. It's in there. You want lush effects, but you don't want to muddy your amp tone? It's got them. You want total control over how wet or dry your signal is? It's in there. You want balanced XLR direct recording, it's got it. This has to be one of the best kept secrets in the industry. Combine this with a Mesa Boogie stereo all tube power amp, a midi controller and you'll have the most killer rig in town. I'm only telling you cause I know how hard it is to find that tone, but part of me wants to just keep it a secret.