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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Pekka Martikainen a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
GREAT NOISEMAKER! That's the main thing that comes to my mind. I have created many extremely weird sounds with it. The secret is poly-mod controls, which are found usually only from modular synths. Programming this synth is very fun and easy.

When I compare the basic analog sounds to my other gear (Minimoog, Oberheim OB-X, etc) the sound is not so fat and rich. It's quite thin, but sweet and beautiful. Especially strings are nice. The envelopes are quite slow, unfortunately. But three simultaneous wavefroms from one oscillator and versatile modulation capabilites are the strength of this machine.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-14-1999 at 06:58
daydream a hobbyist user from wide-eyed writes:
While I've never played a P5, when it came to buying a P600 I knew it wasn't going to compete with the power of it's big brother. Why? Well, it has different circuitry (Chips, MIDI and software driven controls), less functions, and... most importantly, it's NOT a P5. While I'm at it, I'd like to make a few clarifications - a Rogue doesn't have the same sound as a MiniMoog, an Axxe is different than an Oddessy, the Poly800 is different than a PolySix, and an Alpha Juno is different than a Jupitor 6. For better or worse, all the above keyboards are different and to negatively criticize one board simply by comparing it's sound or features to a larger (and more expensive) "sibling" is unfair. At the same time to say that my P600 sounds just as "phat" as a P5 is rediculous. With all that said, I love my P600. It's huge sound is thick and though the envelopes are slow, I've gotten some crazy deep bass lines out of it. The Poly-Mod section is incredible for making wacky noises and weird filtersweeps. This synth can make some smooth, rich strings and ambient noises too. It's definitely my favorite synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-04-1999 at 18:39
Anders from Denmark writes:
I just bought my p600 for the humble price of 50 dollars, and eventhough I've only had it for a couple of day's (and therefor haven't figured out all tha' cool functions yet) I just love it, Tha' phat sound is awesome, and it looks great knobs, wooden ends n'all.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-04-1999 at 03:17
a part-timer user writes:
It is true that a couple of friends of mine that had a Prophet 600 told me that while the sound itself was very analog, it did feel like it was stripped down in other areas to a great extent. Yes, the sequencer, arpeggiator, chord function, six voices, factory MIDI upgrades, and used price are its high points, but needless to say, if you fancy a Prophet 5, a Prophet 600 will not come close. What's missing. The Prophet 600's voice architecture does include 3 waveforms on both oscillators, but from there, the voice is very stripped down from its Prophet 5 counterpart. Quality of make is a lot cheaper in appearance and feel compared to prophet 5s. Since it is MIDI's first production synth, maybe that is why sequential produced it that way. Due to my self experiences and my two friends mentioned above, I will only give it a 2. Why, because even if the 600 has a good sound with some neat features, it doesn't exhibit any traits of great uniqueness.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-01-1999 at 23:00
dan a hobbyist user from usa writes:
i'm happy with my p600, especially since i bought it for us #100. but as far as i know and have heard, the p600 is not an analog synth. as far as powerfuil classic analog synths go, the p600 is not one of them. a good synth, fun to play with, but very limited. try turning a knob, any knob, can't any of you hear the gradations in the changes? not true analog, but very quantized, not fluid at all and certainly not true analog. i've heard some say its hybrid analog digital, and some say that the control mechanisms (knobbies, etc) are digitally controlled.

thats the truth. no analog control. if you want smooth control of analog sounds/params via knob driven synthesis, this is not your synth. still, i do like it =dan

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-31-1999 at 23:56
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