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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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David G. a hobbyist user from Italy writes:
The proph: it looks good. And it sounds even better. I bought it one year ago, i was initially very happy then frustrated, now im happy again. Every conceivable sound u can think of can probably be made with the proph. I dont have a moog or a jupiter or a juno. I dont even have a virus or a nord or a q, so i cant really compare it. But i guess that its sound is peculiar, i dont care if it emulates an analog well or not, it is a proph and it sounds like a proph. It pisses me of when people say it has to go through some fx to sound fat, the same can probably be said of any analogue or va synth. I also own a future-retro 777 (VERY analogue mutha) and i dont use less fx with it than with the proph. The latter lacks the harshness of the 777, not because its a va, but because it has its own personality, like any good va or realogue. The omnipresent analogue-va comparisons are kind of pointless in my opinion, i dont want a synth that gives all trying to emulate one of its ancestors, i prefer originality (true for the 777 as well). ITS THE SOUNDS THAT COUNT!!!! Endless modulation possibilities, sonic infinity, this synth is the abode of god himself!!!!!! IT IS ALIVE!!!!!! Im not really happy with the dozens of menus (but when you get to know the os which is fairly simple for such a complex synth, everything is very easy, theres even a software editor), or with the lack of decent knobs, or with the unreliable outputs (soldered directly on a part of the motherboard instead of the casing– this really sucks Korg). It can also be very frustrating to program. I usually start with a patch i like (you can download lots of them – the zon ones are nice) then change it in the way i need. Starting to program patches from scratch is fairly difficult, but not impossible. Fx are basic but good: i dont need a ton of reverbs or choruses or other features ill never use. I could have done with a bit of poliphony, maybe someday ill get a z1. As for the bass issue, this seems to be the problem with all the new va synths: no real low end. Its true that if u play on the lower octaves only airfarts seem to come out of the proph, but some clever patch programming can work wonders, and im not talking about eqing. Still, compared to the 777 it lacks a bit in the lower octaves (anyway its says “LEAD SYNTHESIZER” on the back, so it must be good mainly for leads. And pads and fx and strings and noise and weird shit and…..) Very nice synth. Can be used for everything, even for classical music or country music. Lol. NOT A TOY!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-04-2002 at 11:19
David G. from Italy writes:
The proph: it looks good. And it sounds even better. I bought it one year ago, i was initially very happy then frustrated, now im happy again. Every conceivable sound u can think of can probably be made with the proph. I dont have a moog or a jupiter or a juno. I dont even have a virus or a nord or a q, so i cant really compare it. But i guess that its sound is peculiar, i dont care if it emulates an analog well or not, it is a proph and it sounds like a proph. It pisses me of when people say it has to go through some fx to sound fat, the same can probably be said of any analogue or va synth. I also own a future-retro 777 (VERY analogue mutha) and i dont use less fx with it than with the proph. The latter lacks the harshness of the 777, not because its a va, but because it has its own personality, like any good va or realogue. The omnipresent analogue-va comparisons are kind of pointless in my opinion, i dont want a synth that gives all trying to emulate one of its ancestors, i prefer originality (true for the 777 as well). ITS THE SOUNDS THAT COUNT!!!! Endless modulation possibilities, sonic infinity, this synth is the abode of god himself!!!!!! IT IS ALIVE!!!!!! Im not really happy with the dozens of menus (but when you get to know the os which is fairly simple for such a complex synth, everything is very easy, theres even a software editor), or with the lack of decent knobs, or with the unreliable outputs (soldered directly on a part of the motherboard instead of the casing– this really sucks Korg). It can also be very frustrating to program. I usually start with a patch i like (you can download lots of them – the zon ones are nice) then change it in the way i need. Starting to program patches from scratch is fairly difficult, but not impossible. Fx are basic but good: i dont need a ton of reverbs or choruses or other features ill never use. I could have done with a bit of poliphony, maybe someday ill get a z1. As for the bass issue, this seems to be the problem with all the new va synths: no real low end. Its true that if u play on the lower octaves only airfarts seem to come out of the proph, but some clever patch programming can work wonders, and im not talking about eqing. Still, compared to the 777 it lacks a bit in the lower octaves (anyway its says “LEAD SYNTHESIZER” on the back, so it must be good mainly for leads. And pads and fx and strings and noise and weird shit and…..) Very nice synth. Can be used for everything, even for classical music or country music. Lol. NOT A TOY!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-04-2002 at 11:18
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I've got my prophecy for 100$! And It was my first physical synth... It is great, and it is able to do almost every kind of sound that your mind can imagine. It has MOSS Oscillators sys. Two filters (LP,HP,BP) And a 4 EG plus an AmpEG 4 Different LFO... It is really great...maybe it looks too "spacy" ;)!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-25-2001 at 19:31
Rommel Carrera a part-time user from Philippines writes:
Just got this. 470US$ brand new, sealed box. I sold my Yamaha CS2x to get this. No regrets. Goodbye to 64-voice polyphony, with XG, etcetera etcetera, hello synthesis power.

Seems like nobody wanted to buy it. Yeah, because lots of keyboardists here in the Philippines want to go with the Trinity, Triton, the roland 128-voice megasynths.

But I love this. One note. Use the right hand for the keyboard. The left hand goes everywhere else.

Awesome sounds. Freaked out Miles-like trumpets. Or Coltrane on ecstacy. Or Emersonian fatness.

The strength of this synth are the lead sounds. The bass is not the best. The trick sounds (like the donna summer bass patch) sounds good but not too useful.

The arpeggiator is one of the best i've ever used.

And the controllers, wow. Using a software sequencer, you can record and re-record tracks and record controller upon controller. You can even finagle a righteous sax or trumpet solo. Just record the proper parameters (like lip pressure, etc.).

What this is : a real instrument. It can only sound as good as the amount of expression you put in. You can take the trumpet patch and play it and make it sound like the Sound Canvas. Or you can sweat over it and make it sound like miles.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-23-2001 at 23:20
Nick Gardner a part-time user from New Zealand writes:
Basically anyone whos gona bitch about a prophecy is one of those computer kids who are only interested in ripping full bar samples off cds and downloading riffs off the internet. Im using Logic, an EMU sampler and the Prophecy and out off all that the prophecy is the most challenging to use. Everyone has something to say about it being monophonic but as part of the overall picture that is such a minor point. To be honest though I went through a stage of thinking that I wouldnt be able to get bass crunching sounds out of my prophecy but after three years Im convinced that it is a bottomless pit of creative potential-no matter what style your into. Im starting to get some nice lo ends now that are giving my drum and bass tracks fatter edge and more importantly an origional sound. Its not plug in and play, its to get your own shit happening.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-03-2001 at 00:00
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