MATRIXSYNTH: SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS PROPHET VS - Sounds, Patches & Ambient Soundscapes | Vector Synthesizer Demo

Sunday, December 22, 2019

SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS PROPHET VS - Sounds, Patches & Ambient Soundscapes | Vector Synthesizer Demo

Published on Dec 22, 2019 synth4ever

"Sequential Circuits Prophet VS (vector synthesizer) synth demo -- featuring various sounds, presets, patches and ambient soundscapes.

Manufactured in 1986-87, the Sequential Circuits Prophet VS was Sequential's first digital synth. It uses a total of four oscillators per voice with 127 waveforms (32 user) and dynamic waveform crossfading via the joystick.

The Prophet VS features 8 voices and is 2-part multimbral, 2 LFOs with envelopes, a 4-pole resonant lowpass Curtis filter with envelope, 3x 5-stage amp, filter and mix envelopes, twin chorus, stereo effects panning of individual oscillators/individual voices, a versatile arpeggiator and more.

The Prophet VS is a fantastic synth for ambient soundscapes, glassy and smooth pads, cutting leads/basses, and harsh textures. It allows you to create interesting sounds via the hybrid digital oscillator + analog filters/VCA, and morph between them using vector synthesis.

The vector synthesis technology in the Prophet VS allows you to blend between 4 different oscillator tones in real-time via the vector joystick. This technology would go on to appear in future synths including the Korg Wavestation (including wavescanning), Yamaha SY-22 and TG-33.

The Prophet VS is fairly rare and hard to come by these days, and is available in keyboard and rack versions. Unfortunately they are also notoriously difficult to repair if something should fail... however, if you have the opportunity to try one, don't hesitate as the sound is very special. There is also now a real-time controller from Stereoping that open up real-time editing immensely vs. the menu diving required on a stock unit."

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