Dave Smith Instruments Sequential Prophet-6 Desktop Polyphonic Analog SynthesizerSKU: DDSI1600X-P
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Vintage Analog Sound — Small Enough to Fit in a Backpack
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.
•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
•Two newly designed, discrete VCOs per voice
•Continuously variable wave shape (triangle, sawtooth, pulse, square) per oscillator
•Five wave shapes: triangle, sawtooth, reverse sawtooth, square, and random (sample and hold)
•Unison (monophonic) mode with configurable voice count, from one to all six voices, and key modes
•MIDI in, out, and thru ports
•USB for bidirectional MIDI communication
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Number of Presets 500 user and 500 factory programs in 10 banks of 100 programs each Series Prophet Polyphony 6 voice Model Prophet 6 MIDI I/O IN, OUT, THRU Number of Keys N/A USB N/A Digital Inputs 2 Digital Outputs 2 Weight 13.0 lbs Dimensions 21.25” L x 7.43” W x 4.4″ H Synthesizer Format Table Top Sound Engine Type Two newly designed, discrete VCOs per voice Wave Memory N/A Number of Effects Reverb (room, hall, plate, spring)
Delay (full bandwidth digital delay and emulated bucket brigade and tape delays)
Arpeggiator Yes Sampling N/A Audio Playback N/A MIDI Sequencer Yes Audio Output Types Left and right audio outputs (2 x 1/4” phone jack); Headphone output (stereo, 1/4” phone jack) Digital Input Type USB Digital Output Type USB Audio Outputs 2 Controller Types Volume expression pedal input; bSustain footswitch input; Sequencer start/stop footswitch input CV Jacks (Control Voltage) No
The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.