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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Signals & Systems a hobbyist user from Montreal writes:
Blissfull polysynth to kingdome come. It sounded like some kinda high pressured hose spitting out mist. Beautiful, beautiful texture...... Envelopes are a lot more responsive than my old Pro-One.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-15-2005 at 17:40
Bryn Thomas a professional user writes:
A king synth and a beast! The pads and bass sounds are particularly cool. The poly-mod stuff is powerful, but not the major strength of this synth. Buy a MS10 if you want to make stupid stuff or a DX if you want bells. The mellow warmth of this synth is what it's all about. The leads can be very powerful and harsh sounding. Real ARP. The sound range is massive and the synth always sounds great. The rotary pots can become stiff, as I'm sure some owners have discovered. If you carefully remove the pot cap and touch a tiny amount of fine grade oil between the nylon and aluminium, it frees the action up a treat and makes the control feel smoothe. This is the best analogue ever. If you want a true analogue sound, a classic look and all the control you could wish for, then this is the one. The Jupiter 8 is also a great synth, though spare part location is very difficult. Roland are useless. Bits for the P5 are not as difficult to locate as some have suggested and all repairers will tackle a rev 3. The rev 2 is very problematic and parts are not always consistant as one tech recently told me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-28-2004 at 05:56
shoshin a professional user from switzerland writes:
...so I'll add my 2cc on the P5 here too. I've been using a Rev3.3 for almost 10 years, and never had any problems with it. Well, it goofed up once and erased all the patches, but that was ONCE. And since the UI is so great and intuitive, I reconstructed my fav patches in a breeze.

Man, what can I say? Everytime I look at it, I fall in love with it again. The pots and switches are heavy-duty, the build is awesome. Mine has been great, tuning wise. Warm up, and retune after each set. I gig it occasionally. It misbehaved once (filter pot jitter made the sound gonk out in midst of a fiery solo spot), but hey, how ofter has my Fender Rhodes goofed up?

And the sound... oh gee... I'm almost reluctant to "rate" a synth whose sound is such a big part of my own musico-cultural past. It's just one of the perennial classic analogue polysynths -period. I've never made a sound on it I didn't like. Honestly. I love it most for leads, basses, and "uncategorizable" polyphonic patches. Pads tend to be almost too fat (yes, there IS such a thing as "_too_ fat") and dense to sit in a mix without EQing, since the P5 lacks a highpass filter like some of the Rolands. By themselves though, P5 pads have an almost monstrous cinematic quality -very moody.

Spare parts are rare but still around, and WineCountry offers support for them. Hey -which other analogue poly still gets support? How good is that?

It gets only my highest recommendations!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-13-2004 at 05:27
Chris a professional user from Southampton. writes:
This synth was the most important new instrument of the 80s. It was used everywhere and with good reason. It is the number 1 synth for collectors and is very useable for any type of music, even today when just about everyway of producing sound has been explored. This synth is just sooo musical. It is also ergonomically perfect and resembles a classical instrument. Orchestras even used them, when necessary. It is both a classical and classic synth.

People love them, not only because of the sound, but also because of the memories they evoke. Put on VH1 and every other vid features one. The nostalgia factor is very high. A Prophet 5 is a prized possession. All revs sound great, so that row is academic.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-23-2004 at 14:15
Alex Coulter writes:
Opps!! Forgot to give it a rating. Gets both thumbs from me!!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-09-2004 at 19:25
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