Dave Smith Instruments Introduces Prophet-6 Analog Synth
The San Francisco-based synth designer has unveiled its modern reboot of the famed Prophet-5 synthesizer.
Over the weekend at NAMM, San Francisco synth designer Dave Smith Instruments introduced the Prophet-6, a modern update of the legendary Prophet-5 analog synth designed by Dave Smith for Sequential Circuits in the late ’70s. The six-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer is said to be more than a simple reissue of the vintage unit, with Smith himself describing his latest creation as “the result of our effort to build the most awesome-sounding, modern analog poly synth possible.”
To that end, the Prophet-6 will contain two discrete voltage-controlled oscillators (plus sub-oscillator) per voice, as well as two discrete filters per voice (a four-pole, resonant, and low-pass inspired by the original Prophet-5 filter, and a two-pole, resonant, high-pass filter). Furthermore, each Prophet-6 voice will follow a completely all-analog signal path. Additionally, the synth will include a number of updated features such as studio-quality reverbs, delays (standard and BBD), chorus, and phase shifter effects (these are digital, but a “true bypass” allows the unit to still maintain a full analog signal path), a 100% analog distortion effect, a polyphonic step sequencer, and an on-board arpeggiator.
No exact release date or price point has been shared for the Prophet-6, though Create Digital Music reports hearing that the new analog synth will likely cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $2800. For now, more information on the Prophet-6 can be found here, while an introductory video for the keyboard can be watched below.