Vintage Analog Sound — Small Enough to Fit in a Backpack
The Prophet-6 desktop module is every bit as powerful and easy to use as its counterpart, the Prophet-6 Keyboard. The module has all of the same controls as the keyboard version and provides the same immediacy and ease of use — with absolutely no menu diving. As with the Prophet-6 Keyboard, all parameters are at your fingertips, with full-sized knobs and switches and a comfortable, intuitive layout.
How does it sound? Awesome — just like the keyboard, because on the inside, it’s exactly the same. The same analog signal path with discrete VCOs and VCFs. The same high-quality digital effects. The same classic sound that has been earning raves from customers and reviewers alike.
We’ve also added a poly chain feature so that any two Prophet-6s can be paired for twelve-voice polyphony!
Vintage with a Modern Twist
Both the Prophet-6 desktop module and keyboard are 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.
Classic Tone, Classic Vibe
Central to the warm, punchy sound of the Prophet-6 are its two newly-designed, discrete voltage-controlled oscillators (plus sub-oscillator) per voice. Continuously variable waveshapes provide the tonal palette with triangle, sawtooth, and variable-width pulse waves. There are two discrete filters per voice—a four-pole, resonant, low-pass inspired by the original Prophet-5 filter, and a two-pole, resonant, high-pass filter. Voltage-controlled amplifiers complete the all-analog signal path.
The dual effects section provides studio-quality reverbs, delays (standard and BBD), chorus and phase shifter. While the effects themselves are digital, with 24-bit, 48 kHz resolution, a true bypass maintains a full analog signal path. There’s also an independent stereo distortion effect, which is 100% analog.
Poly Mod and Poly Step Sequencing
Also present from its classic predecessor is a Poly Mod section, with enhancements. True to the original, modulation sources are filter envelope and oscillator 2 (both with bi-polar control). Destinations include oscillator 1 frequency, oscillator 1 shape, oscillator 1 pulse width, low-pass filter cutoff, and high-pass filter cutoff. Another welcome reprise is Unison mode, which features configurable voice count (1-6 voices) and key modes. The polyphonic step sequencer allows up to 64 steps and up to 6 notes per step. You can create sequences polyphonically, with rests, and sync to an external MIDI clock. The full-featured arpeggiator can be synced to external MIDI clock as well.
Easy to Program
The knob-per-function front panel offers instant access to virtually all Prophet-6 functions. Included are 500 permanent factory programs and 500 rewritable user programs. Toggling off the Preset button enables live panel mode, in which the sound of the Prophet-6 switches to the current settings of its knobs and switches. In this state, what you see is what you hear.
Easy to Play
All of this awe-inspiring sound is packed into a desktop module that’s small enough to fit in a backpack. It’s an ideal combination of portability and power for the project studio or the gigging musician.
Waveforms: Pulse, Saw Down, Square, Triangle, White Noise
Osc Modulation: After Touch, Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Oscillator, Pitch Wheel, Glide / Portamento, Sync Hard, Velocity
Continuously variable wave shape.
Triangle sub-octave generator (oscillator 1) per voice
OSC 2 Low frequency mode
OSC 3 Keyboard tracking on/off.
Slop amount: subtle to extreme instability.
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Velocity
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Triangle, Clocked
Polyphony & Tuning
Modes: Mono, Polyphonic
Patches RAM: 500
Patches ROM: 500
Storage: Internal, USB
Editing: MIDI, USB
One, two, or three octave range.
Up, down, up/down, random, and assign modes.
Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Phase Shifter,
Polyphonic step sequencer with up to 64 steps and rests.
Case Details: Desktop Wedge Module
Controls: Aftertouch, Buttons, Knobs, Pedal - Sustain, Velocity, Pedal - Volume
Display Type: LED, Numeric
Display Notes: Numeric Display: 1 x 3, 1 x 2
Dimensions (WxDxH): 21.25” L x 7.43” W x 4.4″ H / 54.0 cm x 18.9 cm x 11.2 cm
Weight: 13.0 lbs / 5.9 kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
Power: 120 V AC IEC Connector
Year Released: 2015
Designer: Dave Smith
Manuals & Documents
Retail Street Price
: $2,199 - convert