Sequential Prophet-6 Six Voice Analog Synthesizer


A New Prophet with Deep Roots

The Sequential Prophet-6 is Dave Smith’s tribute to his groundbreaking analog polysynth, the Prophet-5. Says Dave: “It’s not a reissue, it’s vintage with a modern twist.” Driving this 6-voice beast are two discrete VCOs plus a sub oscillator per voice. Other features are two discrete filters per voice, a studio-grade, digital dual effects section, analog stereo distortion, onboard arpeggiator and step sequencer, a knob-per-function top panel, and a full-size, 4-octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and aftertouch.

Dave Smith Instruments Sequential Prophet-6 at a Glance:

  • Pure, cutting-edge analog: modern, yet classic
  • Studio-grade dual effects engine
  • Poly Mod and polyphonic step sequencer
  • This synth is amazingly easy to program
  • And it’s even easier to play

Pure, cutting-edge analog: modern, yet classicAt the core of the Sequential Prophet-6 are two newly designed, discrete voltage-controlled oscillators (reinforced by a sub oscillator) per voice. These modern analog oscillators feature continuously variable waveshapes with triangle, sawtooth, and variable-width pulse waves. Two discrete filters per voice give you Michelangelo-class tone-sculpting prowess: a four-pole, resonant lowpass (inspired by the original Prophet-5 filter), and a two-pole, resonant highpass. Voltage-controlled amplifiers complete the Prophet-6’s pure-analog signal path.

Studio-grade dual effects engineThe Sequential Prophet-6 sports a dual effects section that delivers studio-quality reverbs, delays (standard and Bucket Brigade Device – aka BBD), chorus, and phase shifter. Although the effects are digital, with 24-bit/48kHz resolution, true bypass maintains your pure-analog signal path. Also onboard is a 100% analog independent stereo distortion effect. In the early ’80s, the Prophet-5’s polyphony and patch memory were huge technological achievements; onboard effects were nothing but a pipe dream (if that). Kind of makes you appreciate the age we live in all the more, no?

Poly Mod and polyphonic step sequencerThe Prophet-5 rocked a feature called Poly Mod, and so does the Prophet-6 – with enhancements, of course. As with its predecessor, the Prophet-6’s modulation sources are Filter Envelope and Oscillator 2 (both with bi-polar control). Destinations include Oscillator 1 frequency, Oscillator 1 shape, Oscillator 1 pulse width, lowpass filter cutoff, and highpass filter cutoff. Unison mode (featuring configurable voice count of 1-6 voices and key modes) also makes an encore. The Prophet-6’s polyphonic step sequencer accommodates up to 64 steps and up to six notes per step, letting you build sequences polyphonically, with rests and external MIDI clock sync. There’s also a full-function arpeggiator that you can sync to external MIDI clock as well.

This synth is amazingly easy to programDave Smith designed the Sequential Prophet-6 with a knob-per-function top panel that gives you instant access to virtually all its functions. You get 500 permanent factory programs, arranged in 10 banks of 100 programs each. You can, additionally, create and save up to 500 user programs. Toggle off the Preset button and you’re in Live Panel (what you see is what you hear) mode, in which the sound of the Prophet-6 switches to the current settings of its controls.

And it’s even easier to playDave Smith Instruments equipped the Sequential Prophet-6 with more than awe-inspiring sound. To inspire your creativity, this formidable synthesizer is fitted with a four-octave, semi-weighted keybed. Four octaves is, in our humble opinion, the optimal compromise between two-handed playability and portability, which makes the Prophet-6 your ideal gigging buddy, particularly when you factor in the instrument’s tour-tough build quality. These keys, which are velocity and channel-aftertouch sensitive, feel silky smooth and just beg to be played. So go ahead – sit down for a sound design session with the Dave Smith Instruments Sequential Prophet-6. We promise, you’ll be hooked!

Dave Smith Instruments Sequential Prophet-6 Features:

  • All-analog signal path; discrete VCOs and filters
  • 6 voices; 2 voltage-controlled oscillators plus sub oscillator per voice
  • 2 discrete filters per voice: 4-pole resonant lowpass and 2-pole resonant highpass
  • Digital dual-FX section (true bypass maintains a full analog signal path)
  • Multimode arpeggiator; 64-step polyphonic step sequencer
  • Full-size, 4-octave semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and aftertouch

Dave Smith Instruments Sequential Prophet-6: essential!

Tech Specs

  • Sound Engine:Analog
  • Number of Keys:49
  • Type of Keys:Semi-weighted, Velocity-sensitive, Aftertouch
  • Other Controllers:Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
  • Polyphony:6 Notes
  • Number of Presets:500 x Factory, 500 x User
  • Effects Types:Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Phase Shifter, Distortion
  • Arpeggiator:Yes
  • Sequencer:64-step
  • Audio Outputs:2 x 1/4″
  • Headphones:1 x 1/4″
  • USB:1 x Type B
  • MIDI I/O:In/Out/Thru/USB
  • Pedal Inputs:2 x 1/4″ (expression pedal), 2 x 1/4″ (footswitch)
  • Height:4.6″
  • Width:32″
  • Depth:12.7″
  • Weight:20 lbs.


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