Electric Prophet: Sequential Pro 3 and Prophet 08 for Zampler & MPC

Electric Prophet for Zampler RX

ZamplerSounds has released the Electric Prophet sound pack, a collection of sounds from the Sequential Pro 3 and Prophet 08 synthesizers from Sequential and Dave Smith. Sequential are killing it with their new Pro 3 synth, so the guys at Beat Magazine didn’t have to think twice when creating their next expansion for their Zampler […]

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Synth maker Sequential checks in on how they’re running in the pandemic

Sequential this week ran a video this week showing us how the makers of the Pro 3, Prophets, and more are keeping productive during the pandemic. We wished Dave Smith a happy birthday recently; here’s what everyone else is up to.

The San Francisco, USA-headquartered company is at home as part of California’s shelter-in-place program. But this is a chance to see how an independent synth maker is working – and to see some of the faces of the team.

Tony, Sequential’s engineering, has the best backdrop – with a Minimoog and a Prophet-5 there. Sorry, second best – Jerry is apparently in outer space.

The good news for synth fans is, they’re all running from home from support to design to repairs. And, oh yeah, they do confirm they’re actively continuing progress on something new.

I’d heard that something like that might be in the works, so it’s great to hear it isn’t slowing down.

Meanwhile, if you need to ogle something from the house that Dave built, there’s this:

Hi to everybody in California (and East Coast USA, for Jerry, and everyone else around the world) from Berlin.

Oh and by the way, of course, we saw some faces with the stay-at-home Superbooth videos, but if anybody wants to record some video message or… send us a recipe… feel free to say hi!

One bonus, from 2018 – thanks, YouTube algorithm – Domi Degalle can play a lot better than I can.

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Dave Smith (Sequential) wird 70 und kündigt etwas an…

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Anders als Wolfgang Palm scheint Dave Smith fit zu sein und absolut Lust zu haben Synthesizer zu entwickeln. Nicht ohne Grund ist Sequential führender Hersteller polyphoner analoger Synthesizer.

Nach seinem Geburtstag setzt sich Dave an die Kamera und bedankt sich bei allen für die Gratulationen zu seinem siebzigsten Geburtstag. Außerdem erwähnt er, typisch Dave Smith, nebenbei – hier stünde normalerweise schon ein anderer Synthesizer als der Pro 3. Er sei im August so weit ihn zu zeigen aber jetzt sei es noch etwas zu früh.

Man säße viel „zu Hause“ wegen der bekannten Umstände und da lässt es sich gut entwickeln. Schauen wir auf das Portfolio von Sequential, so haben wir Monophone Synthesizer (Pro 3), den klassischen großen in zwei Varianten (Prophet 6, OB6) und Sampler (Prophet X) und die günstigen Polyphonen (Rev 2). Was aktuell fehlt sind kleinere Synths wie der Mopho oder Tetra und ein großes aufwendiges Gegenstück zum Pro 3. Das wäre eine Art Nachfolger des Prophet 12. Aber wir kennen Dave Smith ja gut genug. Da sollte keine Kopie kommen oder etwas, was wirklich da beginnt, wo der Prophet 12 aufhörte. Die Engine des Pro 3 wäre eine Basis für eine polyphone Version oder aber eine ganz andere Idee mit einigen Spezialitäten, wie etwa etwas mehr Pro 2 und damit mehr „digitalen“ Anteil?

Folgte man bisherigen Synthesizerlinien, würde der neue große SCI Synthesizer ein Prophet 16 sein – aber weil die Zahl die Anzahl der Stimmen bedeutet, möge es auch ein anderer Name sein dürfen und eher so etwas werden wie der Pro 3 ohne Sequencer aber mit 6-12 Stimmen. Die Filterumschaltung aus dem Pro 3 ist aufwendig – weshalb man hier auch reduzieren könnte. Wir warten also jetzt auf August. Prophet 70?

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…gibt es nicht, auch nicht wenn man auf die SCI Page schaut, denn offiziell ist ja noch nichts. Es geht im August los, sagt Dave.

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Sequential Pro 3 SE Synthesizer Debuts At 2020 NAMM Show

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Sequential’s Pro 3 is a new synth, while the others clone – so how does it stack up?

One person who isn’t just copying Dave Smith is – Dave Smith. Sequential are back with the new Pro-3, a flagship mono/paraphonic synth instrument.

Okay, to be fair – a Sequential synth (or Dave Smith Instruments synth) is always going to give you certain predictable elements, if in different combinations. But the Pro-3 at least continues the evolution and refinement of that line. And it offers an extraordinary amount of depth as a result – in the sense that you could really just play with this thing a … long … time … happily so …

The Pro 3 is right in line with the Pro line – the Pro 1 and Pro 2 monosynths, that is – but with some new ideas thrown into the mix. With that in mind, let’s first talk about what just went away – the Pro 2, the previous flagship monosynth. And in some ways, the Pro 2 is likely to be missed – for its uniquely accessible oscillators and architecture, and its 4-voice paraphonic mode.

The Pro 3 is pretty irresistible, though, in that it does three things:

  1. Builds a new architecture around three of everything – three oscillators (2 analog + 1 wavetable), three LFOs, and three filters to choose from to keep it fresh.
  2. Acts as a central workstation, with a powerful front panel sequencer (building on the Pro-2) and now CV integration so it fits in with modular.
  3. Costs just US$1599.

And that last one is a big deal. A producer can easily save up for this one instrument and wind up with a massively flexible powerhouse for sound design, with sequencing built in. Sequential’s stuff has managed to get more powerful but less expensive, and yet you still get something that feels luxurious, boutique, and – well, personal, in a way a big mass-produced thing might not.

This is Dave. As far as we know, no one has yet cloned him or his team.

Some highlights:

Dual digital effects – again, you can do a whole lot right on this one keyboard, but without menu diving as you might on a digital workstation

A 32-slot mod matrix for loads of modulation

Analog integration – four CV ins, four outputs, dedicated gate output – all running at audio rate (take that, MIDI!) and all assignable from that powerful mod matrix

Classic Sequential analog oscillators, times two

One wavetable oscillator for the edgy digital spice when you need it, for the third oscillator – 32 tables of 16 waves each, with wave morphing, so a lot of spice

Three vintage filters to choose from – 4-pole low pass (a la Prophet-6), 2-pole state-variable (a la Oberheim OB-6) for continuously moving between low-pass + notch + high-pass,

Analog distortion, Drive control on the filters

And all of this combines with a sequencer, included on the keyboard so the workflow is integrated. That includes ratcheting, input via both real-time and step-input, and works with both MIDI and CV (and analog and MIDI clock, too).

Plus, the sequencer integrates with the mod matrix – noticing the pattern here? That justifies the inclusion of a sequencer on the keyboard, because then integration is already done for you. Instead of spending your time programming, or working to assign your sequencer to your instrument, you can get right into playing and sequencing.

(I say all of this because – I just read some concerns from a colleague, and this is essentially my answer.)

So sure, you get 3-voice paraphonic mode instead of 4, but as deep and wild as the Pro-2 was, the Pro-3 seems deeper and wilder.

The SE edition, if you have extra money and want something more collectible. Also – tilt-up panel is definitely cool, whether or not you crave wood.

Heck, in this giant wave of polysynths, the Pro-3 is a pretty damn good argument for getting back to monosynths again.

And you know the package will be plenty luxe, as per usual Sequential standards. If you want it to be even more so, you can spring for the Special Edition, for US$2099. That includes a tilt-up control panel and “full, premium-grade walnut trim.” I’m sure it’ll be a collectors’ item, but I’m tempted to just buy a stand to tilt this up and then go with a nice bottle of bourbon while I invite friends over for some Pro-3 jams, you know?

A little birdie told me some close friends of CDM might have worked on this beautiful beast, and I know it’ll be at NAMM, so I will send our espionage network out to learn more.

But even in this deluge of synths, the Pro-3 looks really lovely.

More on the somewhat complicated endless stream of DSI/Sequential instruments can be perused in the PDF chart they put together. Basically, if you want a really cheap 4-voice, find a used MOPHO X4. The Pro-2 was all digital oscillators, but you did get more of them – 4x + 1 sub oscillator, meaning a used Pro-2 should still be on your radar if you’re thinking Pro-3. And then there are the very excellent polyphonic Prophets.

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