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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Dave a hobbyist user from US writes:
I really love my Pro One. The sounds you can get out of it are just amazing. It's the most versatile monosynth around, IMHO, for not too much money (around 450 USD)... it does amazing bass, but even more amazing modulation weirdness. Try assigning everything in the mod matrix to the wheel, programming a plainish bass sound, then spinning the wheel... mwahahaha! Mmmmm... One problem i ran into today though, that pissed me off! I program this great evil sounding bass line into the very simple sequencer, and can't friggin sync it to ANY THING!!! This is your warning, kiddies.... THIS THING HAS NO MIDI... you might not think this is so annoying now, but you just wait til you want to <b>sequence</b> this thing, or <b>sync</b> it... you will be in hell. Oh yeah and watch out for that shoddy keyboard.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-30-1999 at 19:03
James K. a part-timer user from USA writes:
The Pro-One is a bit of a disappointment--such a HUGE, POWERFUL sound contained in such a shoddy case, attached to a cheesy keyboard. I can deal with the plastic parts, but the key action is so bad, its a shame. Sequential should be ashamed of themselves, cutting corners like this. As a bit of a weirdo and "purist" I HATE MIDI'ing or C/V'ing controllers to synths and prefer to play the actual synth itself--and thus I'm stuck cleaning, fixing and repairing the keyboard religiously.

Anyway, the Pro-One sounds INCREDIBLE. Tons of modulation possibilities that I have only began to tap into. The Pro-One makes a great compliment to the Prophet 600--each excel at the other's weak areas. (The P600's lack of punch and weakness in the bass/lead area; the Pro-One's lack of polyphony, and relative weakness at pads and drones.) However, the Pro-One's filters stomp the P600's to death and are much smoother.

I would not say that the Pro-One is indespensible or a must-have for most synthesists unless they are willing to put up with its bad construction. While I like the Pro-One, I may sell it to finance the purchase of a Prophet 5 later down the line. Overall, I like my Prophet 600 better--although in most circles this statement is tantamount to heresy.

Now, if only a manufacturer would release a Pro-One upgrade kit that would include a metal chassis to replace the chintzy plastic case, new keyboard configuration--possibly 61 keys (big plus) and MIDI retrofit. Now that's an idea.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-05-1999 at 03:06
Mike V a hobbyist user from the states writes:
get one. by all means, get one. need a good lead? need some fat, slow-filter basses? need edge? need bubbles? what do you need that an analogue mono can provide? this has it all except MIDI, but you can get a converter for that. even a player with little experience in analogue / modular synths will delve right into this bad boy. just turn knobs and start playing! you'll be surprised at what you come up with! that's what is so cool about this synth - you can have a definite sound in mind, or you can just fool around, and either way, you'll get something good. the feel of the keyboard leaves something to be desired, but the overall vibe of the synth makes that easy to look past.

in case you missed my intro: GET ONE!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-24-1999 at 17:34
tim a hobbyist user from erpland writes:
There isn't much to say here that hasn't already been said. This is a great little synth. I use it for BIG basses, smooth leads, and weird noises (the bubbles are great). I agree with Brent that the mod section is fantastic. My next step is getting a MIDI/CV converter to get the most out the Pro-One, but right now I just use the audio click input to trigger the internal sequencer. As suggested on this page, I route the 16th note rim shot of my Alesis SR-16 to an auxiliary output, and then connect that output to the audio click in. It always works flawlessly. The keyboard on my unit (I forget the serial number) is pretty damn good, actually -- only one key sticks occasionally.

More newbie advice (thanks Moho!) - on the Mod section, have the LFO directly modulate the filter. Make the LFO waveform a sawtooth. Turn the filter cutoff and resonance up all the way. Give yourself a nice long envelope, hit a key, and then slowly turn down the Cutoff and LFO Frequency knobs -- and you've got bubbles all over the place. Cool stuff!

I'll never sell this little guy!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-07-1999 at 16:52
Brent Haeseker from a house in the woods writes:
Shoddy construction, awesome sound. It looks tougher in pictures, then you get one and realize it's plastic with some wood panels slapped on the side. I have alot of synths, including a Minimoog, and this little Pro-One is incredible. No it's not a Minimoog, but it covers alot of the same ground and a little of it's own. I would have to say it's got the BEST, most easily assignable and flexible Mod section of any synth I've used. Set up the the proper mod settings for the mod wheel and use it for very expressive lead playing. I wasn't intending to keep this thing, but I don't know if I can sell it. Wonderful! (get CV/midi converter with it to play it from a another synth cause the keyboard action is as bad as they say).

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-05-1999 at 22:44
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