MATRIXSYNTH: New Sequential Take 5 - Five Voice Poly Synth w/ Prophet-5 Rev 4 Filter

Friday, August 20, 2021

New Sequential Take 5 - Five Voice Poly Synth w/ Prophet-5 Rev 4 Filter

Update: demos and higher res pics here.

MSRP 1.074€ / $1,250

You might recall Sequential registered the Take 5 trademark from this post back in June. The Take 5 takes on the look of the Pro 3 with some significant differences. The Take 5 replaces the the Pro 3's filter types (below) with the Prophet-5 Rev 4 filter. The Take 5 has more modulation capabilities than a Prophet-5, but less than the Pro 3. The Take 5 doesn't have the third wavetable oscillaor, sequencer, tuned feedback, or the extra envelope(s) of the Pro 3. Each synth has its own strengths of course. This is good news for current owners.

For reference, the Pro 3 has the following filter types:

Filter 1 is a 4-pole, 24 dB per-octave, Prophet-6™ low-pass filter

Filter 2 is a classic, 4-pole, 24 dB per-octave, transistor ladder filter with optional resonance compensation

Filter 3 is a 2-pole, 12 db per-octave, OB-6™ state-variable filter. It can be continuously varied between low-pass, notch, and high-pass operation, with an optional band-pass mode.

The official announcement from Sequential on the Take 5 will follow.

Until then you can find the specs futher below.



Two analog VCOs per voice
Continuously variable wave shape (sine, sawtooth, variable-width pulse) per oscillator
Hard sync: oscillator 1 syncs to oscillator 2
Square wave sub-octave generator (oscillator 1) per voice
Keyboard tracking on/off for each oscillator
Front-panel FM (frequency modulation)


Oscillator 1 amount
Oscillator 1 sub-octave amount
Oscillator 2 amount
White noise amount


Four-pole, resonant, analog low-pass filter per voice, based on Prophet 5 Rev 4 design
Filter can be driven into self-oscillation with the Resonance control
Bi-polar filter envelope amount


Two 5-stage envelope generators (ADSR + delay) with variable routing (filter, amplifier, gate)
Velocity modulation of each envelope amount
Envelopes freely assignable to multiple modulation destinations


Five wave shapes: triangle, sawtooth, reverse sawtooth, square, and random (sample and hold)
Clock sync (internal or external MIDI clock)
Freely assignable to multiple modulation destinations


One dedicated reverb with damping, pre-delay, decay and tone
One multi-effect with stereo delay, BBD delay, tape delay, chorus, flanger, phaser, ring mod, vintage rotating speaker, distortion, high-pass filter
Dedicated Overdrive effect


Recreates the characteristics of vintage synthesizers by introducing micro-fluctuations in oscillators, filter, and envelopes per voice.


Source: channel (mono) aftertouch with bi-polar amount
Aftertouch freely assignable to multiple modulation destinations


Master clock with tap tempo
BPM control and display
MIDI clock sync


Up, down, up+down, random, assign modes
Syncs to MIDI clock
Re-latching arpeggiation


Polyphonic step sequencer with up to 64 steps with ties and rests


Full-sized, semi-weighted, 3.5-octave premium Fatar keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
Spring-loaded pitch wheel with selectable range per program with independently adjustable upper and lower pitch wheel range transpose controls
Low-split mode creates two independent performance zones with different octave ranges
Hold switch latches held notes on
Polyphonic glide (portamento)
Unison (monophonic) mode with configurable voice count, from one to all five voices, and key modes
Factory switch: when off, the front panel is live; what you see is what you hear


128 user and 128 factory


1 MIDI In, 1 MIDI Out, and 1 MIDI Thru port
USB port for bidirectional MIDI communication
1 Sustain/footswitch input
1 Expression pedal input
Main stereo output (2 x 1/4″ phone jack)
Headphone out (stereo 1/4″ phone jack)


IEC AC power inlet for internal power supply
Operates worldwide on voltages between 100 and 240 volts at 50 to 60 Hz; 14 watts maximum power consumption


Premium, 3.5-octave, semi-weighted Fatar keyboard
25″ L x 12.75″ W x 4.4″ H (63.5 cm x 32.4 cm x 11.2 cm)
Weight: 17 lbs (7.7 kg)"

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