MATRIXSYNTH: Sequential Prophet VS SN 0165

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Sequential Prophet VS SN 0165



via this auction

"Never made in large numbers, the Sequential Prophet VS is now a hugely collectable synthesizer. Made in San Jose, California in 1987 (s/n 0165), the VS was Sequentials last model before the company folded. Most of the R & D team ended up in Japan, helping Korg to produce the famous Wavestation....and they sold thousands of those..... It all started in 1985, with Chris Meyer dreaming up the concept of Vector Synthesis. Initially tagged Prophet 2400, the name VS was eventually adopted. Basically, "morphing" among FOUR separate digital waveforms, with the 360* joystick, allows the creation of new patches (100 memories on board). There are 95 resident/32 user waveforms on board.....derived from 4 oscillators being shaped by Curtis analogue filters (but digitally controlled) ~ 4-pole lowpass, using 8-voice polyphony (+split/dual) ~ with twin chorus + agile stereo routing, all being sounded with a 5-octave velocity/aftertouch keyboard. As a bonus, there is also a versatile arpeggiator. Cosmetically, this synth is a bonny sight to behold, with lots of attractive blue switches and pleasing livery. This particular VS (rev 1.2) has had a full service recently by a top London tech. New OLED blue display has been installed, and new buttons & switches. The keys are nigh perfect, with velocity fully working, and the channel aftertouch triggering every time. KKGB rate this beauty at 9/10. See pix showing eeny dinks on a cheek corner...thats about all the damage......"

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