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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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The Cookie Monster a part-time user from Bostonish/MA/USA writes:
Purchased this beauty about two weeks ago, my most expensive synth purchase at $600 used (no manuals, but in mint condition VERY mint...), and have been loving it ever since.

It's not multi, it's not polyphonic, it's got two outputs on it, and a tiny keyboard. I love her to death. I would torture anyone who took her away from me. The sounds that can come out of this thing are just awe inspiring compared to my other cheap-o equipment (IE my alpha juno 2, Korg 707, Electribe A, etc).

I have no problem with the menu system (I learned synthesis with the Alpha juno.. that's menu city), and it's laid out quite logically. Four LFO's are great, as are the four EG's (well, more like 6 or so, with the pitch and the amp EG's), and the amount of control over the thing is still unmatched IMO.

Just a few gripes with it (please don't kill me ^_^;;;;).....

1. I can't seem for the life of me to assign filter cut-off to a wheel/ribbon. This might be my own stupidity due to the fact that I don't have the manual, but still, I'd love to tweak the log having the cutoff on the ribbon, with res. on the log Y axis.

2. if you have the presets in the rom bay, why not have 256 patches availible to the user, with 128 of them non-saveable/editable. The presets are excellent, but I'd love to have both all of the presets and my memory bank at the same time (a la the alpha juno with the presets and memory space). This would be great for computer midi-interfaceless people like myself ^_^;;;;

Those are my only gripes. The rest is beautiful. I'll never sell this work of art. It's got something that I think very few modern synths have these days, which is character. You could say that you used a prophecy for the lead line, and not be shy about it. It inflicts a WAFF when you talk about it with others. It's a damn good synth, but it's not just for "electronic" music.... The simulation of the altosax sounds EXACTLY like my old saxaphone. Just need to bang it up a bit, drop it a few times, and put a crappy reed on it to make it identical. ^_^

A winner is you! Korg....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-29-1999 at 09:54
Mediate a professional user from USA writes:
The Prophecy IS a really good synth, but it does have its flaws. The biggest is the fact that most of the parameters must be accesed via ENDLESS MENUS read on a two line screen. This can suck the creativity right out of your brain. I always looked at music to be fueled by emotion and feeling. It can be tricky to sustain any emotion for a song when you're digging though the OS for 20 minutes for a single patch. Nevertherless, you CAN pull some downright powerfull sounds out of this thing. Knowing how to get those sounds out of it is another story. Reguardless, It IS very poupluar with beginners and pros alike. I've seen the Crystal Method really get their moneys worth out of this thing several times.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-16-1999 at 06:34
James a part-time user from funky town writes:
i love and most interesting virtual analogue...capable of so much

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-24-1999 at 06:37
Michael Roche a hobbyist user writes:
First off...I ditched my Jp8000 for the Prophecy because the JP sounds like a wad of crap next to the Prophecy. I just bought a virus so I thought I would part with my Prophecy. I can't do it. I'm pulling my ad off the web today. The Prophecy can make the nastiest sounds you've ever heard. The virus can't even touch many of the sounds the Prophecy can produce (and vice versa). Anyway, if you don't mind monoponic without any multitimbral capabilities this is the synth for you.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-23-1999 at 16:53
psyche a hobbyist user from USA writes:
It *is* monophonic, but is a pretty powerful one note....loads of low end and *phat* if you wish. THe log controller is its strong point however, lots of realtime control there..but many VA's have those now too, at least the ribbon part. I'm thinking of selling it now to finance a more modern poly *ACCESS VIRUS B!!!* but it's gonna be hard to part with it sounds great and it's so fucking cute I sleep with it every night! :) 4.9 out of 5....the .1 off is due to it being monophonic... cmon couldn't you make it at least duophonic(if there is such)? most of my good lead lines are two note chords...grrrrrrr

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-22-1999 at 23:26
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