MATRIXSYNTH: Prophet 600 twins: Prophet 1200

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Prophet 600 twins: Prophet 1200

video upload by Valmont

"I've been wondering about that one, I thought this would make a P10-esque stack, but happens that not really! The problem I had capturing this video is that P600s are phasing out, non stop. It drifts so much that it is impossible to merge them in a coherent mono signal! (Yo, 24 unstable analog VCOs at the same time??) So it's nice on headphones, sweet on largespeakers, but hell on mono devices. Also having twice the same instrument that has this very strong signature makes it not really simple to stack. It is more meaningful to have 2 different ones, like I did here: [previously posted here]

Anyway, it had to be done, and I'm happy to know I don't need a second Prophet 600 x))

Oh and about the question, 'Do two Prophet 600 sound different?', the answer is a bit yes! To my ears, one was brighter and thinner. The other one's VCOs were harder to tune, and it was darker in the way that it didn't bring as much overdrive as the other P600. The thing is that you can't trim the VCA load, so no way to adjust this. Also I have the voicepanning board installed, that I bypassed for this video (All trims to left side), but it may change the sound. I guess all of this is mostly due to different aging of CEMs? Like my friend's one slept for years, and mine is being daily used and taken on stage idk but I prefer mine x) Funny thing tho, they didn't have the same build quality, pots were feeling a slight bit different, and inside there was differences for capacitors used (none had ever been recapped tho), for connectors and power supply too. Early models look less reliable, late ones are safer.

0:10 Soundcheck
0:20 Sound 1
0:36 Sound 2
1:03 Sound 3
1:43 Sound 4
2:00 Sound 5

Recorded at my friends' from MusikMusicStudio some time ago"

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