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Average rating: 4.9 out of 5
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Chris Faur a part-time user from Palatine, IL USA writes:
This is a real synthesizer. It can do CS80 and P5 sounds very accurately. The filter is delicious and very good sounding. If you are a synth enthusiast you must try hard to get your hands on one of these. I use it occasionally just so it lasts a long time. I also got a Waldorf XT which produces similar sonic textures and I try to use that more instead, but once in a while I get the goose bumps and turn the VS on and it totally amazes me with it's character. The random patch creator creates instant sound effects.....I know anyone that has one it's one of their favorite synths....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-20-2009 at 19:06
ady a hobbyist user from usa writes:
Over the last few years I have spent as much time as possible intimately acquianting myself with the synths in my collection as well as those in other studios. I have been priveledged to get my hands, and ears, wrapped around some of the classics as well as many that have been brushed by the wayside. My conclusion is, all of the hype aside, that the VS has a very unique and powerful combination of versatility and presence not found in any other. It's true what people say about it being able to do the range of classic 'prophet' sounds, and classic analog synth sounds in general, but it certainly has more complexity and potential than any other sequential prophet I've come in contact with. In all honesty, when I think of the word synthesizer, it is the VS that comes to mind, like the defination out of a dictionary. In particular, I love the kitchy yet authentic sci-fi sounds it can generate, truly stuff from the lab so to speak. It can also produce some of the most awe inspiring atmospheres ever to grace your imagination. In the mix, nothing else I have used has the get out of the way in your face sound presence either - all while retaining its ability to be so delicate and subtle at the same time. I don't kid myself into thinking I'm an expert on the subject, but 'tech' is not that important to me, the priority is sound and fealing - these machines are designed to create music after all. What I do know for sure is that this synth is truly a gem that has magic residing in its boards, and my advice is to dig one up if you can.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-23-2007 at 18:13
Glen Stegner a professional user from USA writes:
No need to point out reviewers by name if you happen to disagree with their reviews. I stand by mine with no slight meant to the Prophet VS. By the way, Prophet VS has already been made into a VST in case you weren't aware (apparently you weren't), it's part of the Prophet V emulation by Arturia. Hey, all synths have their own character, the Z1 included (and it can do sounds the Prophet VS cannot). You become attached to the ones you enjoy most, nothing wrong with that.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-21-2007 at 09:39
Corby Jones a professional user from S. Wales writes:
This is a great synth. As is the Z1 which appears to cause so much anger. Both are distinctive and very powerful. The vs is a better sounding synth than the P5. It has a built in chorus which makes it sound very lush. It can do all of the prophet sounds plus limitlessly more. I'm waiting to see if it ranks in Sonic's top 20 synths of All Time. Somehow I doubt it. We'll get the same old crap about the old mini and memory moogs which are light years behind stuff like this in every respect. The memory moog is very ugly sounding. Not a nice thing. The mini is ok ( I had one for 11 years) but, to be honest. Will the Andromeda be in there?? Funny/bizaar if it isn't..

The vs is a good value classic. The prices are going up. I sold mine for £750 and now they're making £900, or so. £200 increase in 2 years. The display backlite is cheap to replace. Wine County were selling replacements. I had a generic one, I understand, fitted by my friendly engineer. It was much cheaper. It's nice and bright! Some chips may be a problem, though isn't that true of all classic synths?

I don't think it's the greatest poly of all time, though I do think it's a great synth. One of the best. New stuff is just so powerful and capable and reliable. The Andromeda is just so good. It does have a unique sound, competely different to the wavestation which is very clean, rompler and digital in its sound. The Curis filter is just spot on. It's a Sequential so it's coool. That name on the back of a synth does make you play and sound better...sorry it does!

I don'tknow what all this talk is about with regards to a locking op. system. Sounds like other problems are due to occur, probably with the circuits. This synth just isn't complicated enough to crash!! Random edit...the best feature ever! I've decided...I want another one of these.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-19-2007 at 06:35
Innominate writes:
I know its been a while, but I feel I have to comment on the contribution made by Mr. Glen Stegner a while back. First of all, knowledge of who produced what and when doesn't make your comment more valid than others: the Korg Z1 is generic plasticy sounding crap compared to the very distinctive Prophet VS. This Prophet houses the lushest and most flexible chorus ever to be implemented on a synthesizer, adding to an outstanding filtersection, and great programmability. There's no competition.

As for the comparison to the Wavestation, they're both classics. However, the latter is all digital and is now to be found as a plug-in - produced by Korg - which is highly effective as far as its ability to recreate the character of the original goes. If ever they'll be able to remodel all of the old classic polys, the VS will be the hardest of all considering the strange components this Prophet is composed of. Most reviewers here agree - this synth is in a league of its own. Testifying to its various 'flaws', etc, is ludicrous; it produces a sound that cannot be found anywhere else in Gods created universe. While the OBXa and Elka Synthex needs mentioning, the prophet VS reigns supreme next to the Roland J8/MKS-80 as the all time best poly.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-15-2007 at 18:12
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