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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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keith a part-time user from England writes:
I owned one of these(rev2) for 11 years and to be honest it was a nightmare for the first 10 and unplayed for the last. The sounds are great and the programming fun. However, the 5 note poly was just not enough, especially when using some release. It had a knack of dumping all of my carefully loaded presets when the temp. dropped below comfortable. In fact, I became quite bitter towards its unreliablity towards the end. For yeare it wasn,t worth a penny, then presto, it was worth a fortune. Funny old world isn't it. This synth can easily sound great, but then, so can a lot of synths. Some years ago I bought a Roland jx10 with a pg800. It sounds at least as good, has more poly, a much,much better keyboard and its reliable. I still had some cash left over after the deal from my P5 deal. I feel quite guily about that really. Try to avoid the hype everyone. These things can cost a fortune to buy and run.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-19-2002 at 13:42
REENO a professional user from USA writes:
WELL...I'M NO SYNTH EXPERT...I'M NOT EVEN A "REAL" KEYBOARDIST... BUT I WAS HYPNOTISED BY THE PROPHET 5 THROUGH MY RECORD COLLECTION.. I HAVE AN EXTENSIVE COLLECTION OF EARLY 80'S DANCE/R&B RECORDS WHICH ARE LADEN WITH PROPHET 5 SOUNDS... I FOUND THIS OUT THROUGH 9 MONTHS WORTH OF RESEARCH... I COULD'NT RESIST THE SOUND...I FINALLY FOUND A MINT CONDITION REV 3...LET ME TELL U, IT SURPASSED MY EXPECTATIONS!!!! THE BEST LEADS, PADS, BRASS AND STRINGS---IT SOUNDS MUCH MORE AGGRESSIVE THAN THE MODERN VA SYNTHS---IT'S A VERY LIVELY AND EMOTIONAL INSTRUMENT.....I LOVE IT...IT ALSO IS THE COOLEST LOOKING THING I'VE EVER SEEN...

REENO

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-25-2001 at 21:55
Henrik Stolpe a part-time user from Sweden writes:
I used to own a REV 3.2 Prophet 5 and it had a really gutsy sound, it did very nice bass and the sync sounds screamed due to the "electrical" sound of the CEM oscillators. As I had it for many years I as always grew tired of the hard/rough/shimmering sound and became obessesed with "warm" synths. I went through many moog and SSM synths..... Then after spending a few hours digging into the Nordlead, the MS-2000 and the JP-8000 i realized how immensly warmer the REV3 CEM prophet sounds compared to the VA synths....

Now I own a REV2 Prophet 5 with Kenton MIDI. It doesn't do nearly as good bass as the REV3 due to the bass end dissapearing when the filter resonance is increased. But the organic warmth defies all descriptions. It sounds ALIVE and ORGANIC in a way that is breathtaking. When you do a rising filter sweep chord you just have to smile :) The only thing I have that is equally warm is my MOOG Prodigy but I almost like the SSM 2040 filter in he REV2 better.. When you hear 5 such filters and the 10 SSM VCO's with 0 detune you get a sound that is so warm it's incomparable IMO.

I still miss some of the sounds on the REV3 though.The resonant bass is better, the unision X-mod effect is better as the VCO's of the REV2 is almost to out of tune so everything sounds TO fat!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-27-2001 at 08:34
Demokid a part-time user from Stockholm/Sweden writes:
Hi! I can’t agree with the comments about the P5’s reliability problem. My Prophet 5 (Rev 3.2 updated to 3.3) works just fine. I have even gigged with it... No problem what so ever. I don’t tour with it anymore... it sits peacefully in a controlled studio environment. It is in a very good condition booth outside and inside and has no tuning problems… I love my Prophet!!

See some pix: http://www.mourningafter.net/sizers

Regards Demokid

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-21-2001 at 11:40
James Meeker a part-time user from Toledo, Ohio writes:
Got my Prophet 5 back from the tech about a month ago. Bad connectors between the voice boards caused the power supply to go crazy... tons of voltage spikes.

It's all fixed now, with a bunch of old and failing parts taken out of it. Now it works 100% and is very reliable... hell, it doesn't even drift out of tune now.

Basically, the guy that sold me the Prophet 5 was... maybe a little bit dishonest I think. My tech, who is a friend, told me that some of the mods that were supposed to have been done weren't. This guy is lucky I lost his contact information because I paid money for a new battery to be installed--which wasn't.

However, my Prophet is now kicking some major ass in my setup. Pity I have to sell it's mate--the OBXa because of financial difficulties. Those synths sounded awesome side-by-side!

In a few years, when I'm ahead on gear and finances--I'm going to make "The Black Prophet" and have it customized with a BP/HPF filter and have the wood stripped and made transluscent, high quality black. Muhahahha!!!

I guess the moral of my story is: "If someone is selling you something like a Prophet 5--ask yourself--if it worked 100%, why would they sell it?" Think about it.

JKM

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-02-2001 at 04:19
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