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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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909 a part-time user from San francisco usa writes:
The pro one is a great instrument. The sound it produces is amazing. I can only imagine what a prophet 5 sounds like! If you are looking for a monosynth, definetly check this out. Since I got the pro one, my waldorf pulse and juno 106 haven't been touched in weeks! The pro-one defiently has its sound.

My keyboard is the membrane model. I took every key apart and carefully seperated the plastic containing the two metal pieces that touch when the key is pressed. I used a x-acto blade to scrape both surfaces to eliminate dirt and accumulated crap. Put it back together, and the keyboard seems to be working ok. If your wooden panels are scratched, just reverse them, put the right on the left and vice versa, then spray some furniture cleaner and you have a beautiful synth!

Also, if you have a tr606, you can program a sequence or a arpergio in the pro-one, and trigger it with the tom trigger on the 606, tap in the toms in the 606 and the pro one will play the notes at desired steps. Just use a 1/8 to 1/4 cable from the tom trigs out to the gate/clock in on the pro one. So if you have a pro one, go get a 606! Oh yeah, I have my 606 synced to din, then to the drumstation, so basically this lets you intergrate a old synth into the newest midi rig. I just played a live show in this way and it worked awesome! Email me if you want more info.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-13-2000 at 18:40
Michael Lavey a professional user from USA writes:
I have to agree with the previous reviewer, the keyboard on the Pro One has got to be about the worst I've ever seen on an allegedly professional synthesizer.

Aside from that however the Pro One is my favorite old school monosynth on the planet, and I own quite a few. This is -the- machine for spaced out whacky sounds. It's a soundtrack for a 50's B-movie science fiction epic in a box. The only synth of comparable pricing and functionality that surpasses this little guy in sheer weirdness would have to be the Korg Mono/Poly (thanks to the aptly named "Effects" section and its whup-ass arpeggiator).

I've also found that the Pro One is pretty fly at creating Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg-esque high pitch lead lines, and when coupled with a delay processor you can get some nice Depeche Mode sounding basslines.

It's not the most diverse sounding synth on the planet, and pretty much everything you do on it will have what I refer to as the "Pro One Hum". Not an actual audible hum, but in other artists songs I can pick out sounds made on a Pro One, they all just have a certain hard to describe similarity to them, not that it in any way hinders the usefulness or coolness of the machine.

For the price you'd be hard up to find a better analog synth for the money (virtual analogs included).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-26-2000 at 22:54
Peter from Holland writes:
We (a friend of mine and me) are the proud owners of a pro-one, and are quite happy with the way it sounds. Recently we tried to control it using a syntechno TeeBee, only to find out that the tuning was far from right. We're sure we're using the right method (1 volt/octave), but this still results in an odd detuning, which becomes worse in correspondence to the distance of the note played in relation to the middle C. On top of all this, we get a terrible hum when we plug in the CV cables.

If anyone has a suggestion, please let us know, since we're quite fond of this li'l monster.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-12-2000 at 14:36
jeremy seitz a part-time user from New York City writes:
The Pro-One is lots of fun. It's big, bad-ass 1970's card-radio knobs and funky fake black plastic star-wars design makes it my favorite analog beast I have yet to purchase.

It has a lot of character. It feels like a cheap plastic keyboard, yes, but it sounds wonderfull (Sh101, anyone?). No sample and hold, but the filter sounds wonderful and it as external input.

A lovely pair of oscillators, too.

posted Sunday-Dec-12-1999 at 18:31
grumbleduke a part-time user from nowhere writes:
dave, you CAN sync it to any (sound) source you choose. just use the external clock input on the back and enable the ext-switch on the front. it's that easy ;-)

i love that machine!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-01-1999 at 08:58
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