WNAMM06: Arturia Announce Prophet V

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WNAMM06: Arturia Announce Prophet V
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The Prophet 5 was Sequential Circuits’ first synth and one of the first programmable polyphonic analogue synthesizers while the Prophet VS was their last - and digital.
Arturia have now introduced the Prophet V which they say is a perfect hybrid of both synths with the warmth of the Prophet 5 meeting the digital textures of the Prophet VS allowing you to mix digital sounds with analogue. Either used in stand-alone mode or as a virtual instrument with the Prophet V you can play the 5 and the VS simultaneously or separately.
There are three interfaces in the Prophet V: Prophet 5, Prophet VS, and Hybrid mode. The Prophet 5 and Prophet VS emulations have all the features of the originals (5 voice polyphony, white noise modulators, dynamic waveform crossfading with joystick, etc). You can even import any existing preset banks from the original synthesizers in a format called SysEx sound data. This data was one of the truly unique attributes of the original synthesizers because it allowed musicians to save their presets for one of the first times ever. With the Prophet V, Arturia say that they have respected this spirit by allowing you to use the presets you've already created in the original synthesizer while playing the synthesizer in its software counterpart.
The Hybrid mode is both synthesizers stacked one on top of the other offering an entirely new world of possibilities.
Prophet 5
Arturia tell us that the virtual emulation offered in the Prophet V is an exact replica of the original instrument and uses the same subtractive synthesis model. Subtractive synthesis refers to the filtering of sounds in a specific way in order to create harmonically rich waveforms and new timbres.
The Prophet V carries all of the original parameters, and the 40 original presets of the Prophet 5. The potentiometers or switches associated to these 54 parameters will permit you to create an infinite variety of sounds that were native to the original synthesizer. Main Prophet 5 Features
  • Compatibility with the presets of the original synthesizer
  • 2 analogue oscillators (TAE® technology)
  • 1 white noise module
  • 1 low pass resonance filter
  • 2 ADSR envelopes
  • 1 LFO
  • Poly Mod section (which allows you to apply FM on oscillator A and on the filter)
  • Arturia adds two more options to the original synth with a monophonic mode and the sustain. Prophet VS
    The Prophet VS uses wave table or vector oscillators. In this type of synthesis, the oscillator waveforms are digitally stored in a table which the user can freely select, depending on the texture of the sound that is required. With the VS you can recreate that classic 80’s wave table synthesis sound within your computer. There are 96 digitally sampled waveform types at your fingertips. Use up to 4 oscillators simultaneously and mix them in real time by sweeping the joystick or the 5 point envelope. The Prophet VS brings you a unique sound that has the strength to stand on its own, but at the same time is complementary to that of the Prophet 5.
    Main Prophet VS Features
  • Compatibility with the presets of the original synthesizer
  • 4 digital oscillators
  • 1 4-point mixer with joystick
  • 1 multi mode filter (LP, HP, BP, Notch)
  • 1 panaoramic module
  • 2 LFO
  • 3 5-point envelopes
  • 1 Modulation matrix
    Hybrid Mode
    In Hybrid mode Arturia believe they have brought something extra special. Hybrid mode provides a combination of the Prophet 5 and Prophet VS stacked one on top of the other. Thus an entirely new sound palette to mix and blend will be at your disposal: the analogue subtractive synthesizer in the Prophet 5 AND the digital wave-table or vector synthesizer of the Prophet VS. Main Hybrid Mode Features
    Made up of all the parameters of the two instruments PLUS:
  • 1 audio connection matrix: The audio matrix allows you to activate or to deactivate the audio module outputs of the two synthesizers (oscillators, filters, sound of the Prophet 5...). You can connect the filters in a series for a unique mix of the two synthesizers or you can connect the filters in parallel for a fatter sound. This gives you a huge difference of sound between the two solutions.
  • 1 modulation matrix switch for the two synthesizers: The modulation matrix of the Prophet Hybrid allows you to add modulation inputs impossible to add with the PROPHET 5 alone. The velocity, after touch, or the numerous other modulation sources presented on the VS that can now be used.

    Features Overview
  • Compatibility with the Presets of the original synthesizers
  • No aliasing from 0.1Hz to 16kHz
  • Calculated precision : 64 bits
  • Sample Frequency : until 96 kHz
  • More than 400 presets created by some of the great musicians
  • Compatible with a MIDI keyboard
  • 2 analog oscillators for the Prophet 5
  • 4 wavetables oscillators for the Prophet VS
  • Capacity to synchronize Osc2 on Osc1 for the Prophet VS
  • 1 Mixer with joystick and automation envelope for mixing the 4 oscillators of the Prophet VS
  • 1 resonating low pass filter for the Prophet 5
  • 1 multimode resonant filter for the Prophet 5
  • 3 LFO that can be synchronized with the tempo of the host sequencer
  • 5 envelopes: 2 ADSR; 3 5 point envelopes
  • 1 Modulation matrix
  • 1 Audio Matrix
  • 1 Chorus
  • 1 Stereo Delay with MIDI synchronization
  • Polyphony of 2 to 32 voices with the unison possibility
  • Audio quality and purity as in the original Prophet 5 and VS Price and Availability
    $249 €199 More info:
  • www.arturia.com
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