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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Mad Eric... a professional user writes:
The reputation of the Proph was built on the sound of the rev3. It massively outsold the other versions which soon packed up.

Those great sounds are generally a rev 3.2- 3.3. It took a while for popular bands to get hold of them. Watch the vids and you will always see a rev 3. A single rotary and a couple of switches in the top right hand corner tell you this. All prophs sound great. You need one that works though.

My 3.3 also needs a few mins to sort itself out. 10 mins to tune up and an odd retune tap. But it works and has done perfectly since 1996. In 98 I had a midi refit which saps some of the current and makes the leds blink when you tune the dials.

I think its the greatest.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-18-2004 at 03:45
A pro 5 needs 10 mins to warm up or it will weird out. Especially the ones with midi. It will stay in tune to an extent after that. The power supplies are primative and need a warm up spell. Same with the moog source. At least 10mins with that one. Alot of faults aren't faults but just old technology trying to cope.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-10-2004 at 03:31
tony cole a part-time user from England writes:
Just bought a Rev. 0 Prophet 10 w/midi in great condition (for less than the price of a Rev 3 Prophet 5)! P10 isn't listed on this site so no option to review. Guess It's OK here as it's essentially two Rev. 3 Prophet 5's.

What can I say? Superb sounds and great looks. The keys are a bit noisy but can't complain for a synth that's 24 years old. Has the wafer drive which probably doesn't work even if the wafers were still available......which they probably aren't. But when those 20 VCO's kick's got to be worth it!

Call me insane, but I have started gigging the P10 and intend to keep doing so. Wish me luck...


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-26-2004 at 18:22
Banquo Stewert. a professional user from Glasgow, Scotland writes:
The pro 1 is one voice of the rev 3 pro 5. Nuff said. The best mono and the best poly! The rev 3 prophet is bullet proof. I have had several 5s over the years of all revs. The 3.1 onwards versions are the only ones to have. Who has ever seen let alone played a rev 1? Why do people say it sounds better than a 2 when it's the same! It sounds like any prophet. Mine never worked properly. It hated being on a sloped stand and you couldn't service the keyboard action without a total dismantlement of the whole synth electrics. The rev 2 was a bit better. The chips were unreliable. It used to sound great going out of tune half way through playing a sustained chord. Also, when I needed certain chips there were problems. some rev 2s used different chips to other rev2s. A pain which probably still haunts people today. The rev 3 is sorted. It works, sounds massive, as said by others, and stays in tune, almost, after a warm up. The large heat sync works. Most prophet5s are rev 3s. The 1s and 2s have been culled. The 3.3 was the most successful of all revs if you go by numbers. Most available are 3.2 and 3.3 because they have survived.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-23-2004 at 02:13
Rich Ryson. a professional user from UK. writes:
They sound the same to all intents and purposes. The rev 3 is just the same except it tends to work. The rev 2 legend of superiority is based on rev 2 owners trying to big-up their property. You will not be able to notice any distinctive difference. Play them side by side as I have. They sound the same!

The reliability and tuning factors are noticable. Rev 2s are a constant headache and rev 1s are a total no-no.

The power of the Prophet is massive. You can create earth-shattering stuff with ease. The look is also very classic and reassuring of quality. Rev3s can be midied. So can rev2s, though those I have seen done have related service problems.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-19-2004 at 03:20
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