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Sequential Prophet-6 Module 6-voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer Reviews

4.5 stars based on 3 customer reviews
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  • from February 5, 2016

    Prophet 6 is Beautiful Machine

    The Prophet 6 Desktop Module is a beautifully engineered and manufactured (all in San Francisco, California) synth, from the geniuses at Dave Smith Instruments. The build quality and sounds are amazing, and the layout is perfect--very user-friendly. For those like me who are not experts at sound synthesis, I would highly recommend popping the additional $70 for the software editor from Soundtower, for which there is a link on DSI's website in the Prophet 6 product window. The editor has a virtual reproduction of the synth, which shows the numerical settings for each adjustment--very handy for orientation, editing and learning, since such data is not shown on the synth itself. The software works seamlessly with the outboard synth, allowing navigation, editing, saving, etc without touching the instrument. Although there is no manual yet for the editor, the manual for the Prophet 8 is similar enough to get started. The Soundtower website hints at upcoming plug-in capability for the Prophet 6--meaning, I assume, programmable track assignments, but I'm not sure that's feasible for the hardware. Fantastic instrument here.

  • from Seattle January 4, 2017Music Background:
    Pianist

    Amazing Tone

    I make my living playing keyboard and piano, and have used a variety of keyboards and software synths over the years. However, the P6 module was my first analog synth purchase. I didn't want another keyboard but rather an upgrade to my VSTs using my existing controller. Before buying this unit I was on the fence about the limitations of an analog synth, thinking that hey, I have so many VST synths including emulations of classic analog gear, so shouldn't those be able to produce any analog style sound I want? I've been using VST emulations of some old school synths in a lot of my tracks lately and it was only after a friend encouraged me to get the real thing that I made the plunge and bought the P6.

    And WOW... from the first five minutes I used this thing, I realized that I had been cheating myself by using VSTs for so long. It has such a beautiful, smooth, warm, rich, musical tone that I oh so dearly love. In my case, it had the style and sound that I had been chasing with my VSTs. In addition, I find that using such a well-built physical interface with the instrument (one-knob-per-function style knobs and buttons vs a mouse or assigning midi controller knobs) makes its use fast and intuitive.

    Obviously this unit is more limited in the range/types of sounds it can produce, compared to digital synths, but what it does do, it does extremely well.

  • from Houston, Texas September 30, 2016Music Background:
    composer, educator, performer, conductor

    Great instrument

    This is a beautiful instrument. I do wish I had gotten the version with the keyboard.
    I had a Prophet 600 in the 80s, and I loved it. I was able to get a certain class of sounds that are unique. I bought a Prophet 08 several years back, and I like that instrument, but it just did not behave in the same way as the old Prophet I had.
    Well, this one does. The difference was immediately apparent. I like the way the controls are laid out, and the effects are a very nice touch.
    I like it!

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