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Re: korg prophecy (1995) solo synthesizer
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2017, 04:38:43 PM »

The new Korg Prophecy wails like an authentic monophonic analog synth. Heck, with its 37-note keyboard, it even looks like an analog synth - one you're meant to really cut loose on for soaring leads lines or subwoofer-challenging bass. But there's more to this hot little keyboard than you might at first suspect from its outward appearance. First of all, it was designed by Korg's engineering team to produce the most accurate analog-sounding timbres, yet with the inherent stability and flexibility of a digital machine. And since it's a Korg product, there's a lot more horsepower under the hood. Like seven synthesis algorithms, including physical modeling of plucked string, brass and reed instruments plus ring modulation and VPM (essentially two-op FM synthesis) capabilities along with hard-sync, pulse width modulation and comb filtering. You also get dual oscillators with four LFOs, six envelope generators(!), plus Korg's own proprietary waveshaping, dual multimode filters and effects like distortion, auto-wah, panning, parametric EQ and chorus/reverb. There's even a built-in arpeggiator! Can you name any analog synth that has even a fraction of that sonic power?
Oh, but you want to know what it actually sounds like. Well, that's really the best part. It sounds fantastic! Yeah, we know, you hear the same thing about every synth or sampler that comes along, but the Prophecy is indeed in a class of its own. It's the only true, monophonic synth designed specifically for soloing, so you get exclusive new controllers for incredibly expressive real-time control of pitch bends, modulation, brightness, volume and more. Plus, this is the only truly affordable synth to offer the latest physical modeling synthesis technology which has its own totally unique sound.

Here's a little trivia for you: You might note that the name Prophecy is a bit reminiscent of the old Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 synthesizer. Actually, back in the mid-1980s, when Sequential fell on hard times, it was purchased by Korg and many of the engineers and product designers from the original Sequential team were retained by the company which also took possession of the proprietary Sequential technology (hence came the popular Korg Wavestation which was developed from a product originally designed by Sequential, the Prophet VS). So it's rather appropriate that this new instrument's name is very much like that of the legendary Prophet 5, which - in a complete turnaround of technology - was actually the first commercially available polyphonic synth.

All that history aside, this is an instrument that caused Keyboard magazine's Jim Aiken to write, "If you consider the amount of synthesis power in the box, the Prophecy is a steal at $1599 list... if ever there was a time for a rebirth of synth lead playing, the time is now." High praise, indeed!

If you're looking for an instrument to use for accompaniment, like for lush strings or thick analog pads, you'd best look elsewhere (like maybe at Korg's Trinity). Nope, this is strictly a solo synth, and a truly impressive one it is! So if solo synth is your thing, now's the time to call your Sweetwater sales engineer for more information and your special pricing on the fabulous new Korg Prophecy.