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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Live Guyi a professional user from USA writes:
I bought mine New at release and have held on to it all these years. I have a tip - It will ignore any program changes above 100, so you can layer say 2 synthes or modules for a a big sound and have additional combinations from 100 - 128. Try a Juno-106 & a 600 and it is a very workable editable sound source. Biggest drawbacks are no HOLD, VELOCITY OR AFTERTOUCH. The Mod funtions are odd, but I got around it by using the mod amount funtion on the 106 to compensate.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-01-2006 at 14:34
a hobbyist user writes:
Some of these opinions..I've used Sequential equipment since the mid-80s. The Prophet 600's a thoroughly professional 'board-it wouldn't be easy for anyone who claims to be able to tell the difference to discern a '5 from a '600 from a Max in a mix, actually, if it's well programmed. The old stuff for the most part ALL sounds better. Only true reason some criticize is that they probably don't understand programming, 'cause just about any Sequential 'board from the Max to the '600 to the Pro One gives you pro sounds that (1) compare favorably to a Prophet 5, and (2) blow out any of today's synths outside of a Voyager. If i played you 80s records using Sequential 'boards that weren't a Prophet 5 you'd be surprised how &^%$$# great they sound, as do almost all the older synths.

The '5's thicker and punchier sure, but that's only noticable upon direct comparison with the two 'boards side by side, and it's not a crucial difference in the context of today's music where almost ALL of the older synths are considerably more powerful and ballsy than today's compromises. Sequential, Moog, Arp, Oberheim, Yamaha or Roland synth will dominate, because they're all measurably bigger and more powerful than today's plasti-synths like the JP8000, Virus, Novation, etc. Make no mistake, the new stuff's great for making music and is far more flexible, but purely on sound there's no comparison with a '600, a '5, any of the older synths.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-15-2005 at 15:43
Bryn Blake a professional user writes:
This is a decent, cheap synth. I love all this net talk (ebay tosh) that this synth is close to the Prophet 5 sound. It is not. It's different. It's buzzy and fun. There just isn't the power,warmth, build quality, care and variety. The build is cheap second generation Sequential. Like the Max and know, cheap. The envelopes are slow and messy software based. A bloke below (Sam) says it sounds alot like a T8. It does and I will admit it. You are not getting a grand classic when you buy one of these and don't get fooled into believing you are. The membrane switches fail but can be replaced quite cheaply. I s'pose its more comparable to a Juno in many ways. Very good in some ways and poor in others. Test all the functions before you buy. The midi spec varies according to model. I've noticed that prices are going up. Best to save a bit more money and buy a Prophet 5, if you can find one. The reliability is slightly worse on the 600. This is a mid-range, semi-pro, quite good synth. Nothing more or less.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-05-2005 at 05:45
WD a hobbyist user from NYC writes:
Excellent top-notch analog for next to nothing. In a mix, you'll know it's Sequential, but be hard pressed to know whether it was a P-5 or 600, it's that good. Sure, envelopes are different from a P-5, and while it's not as powerful as a P-5 it's only noticable in direct comparison. In the context of today's VAs and Junos, it's superior yet unknown to most. This is pro quality at low price!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-11-2004 at 05:22
Kuba Antoszewski a hobbyist user from Poland writes:
I,ve bought my Prophet 600 three months ago and it work fine. I have also manual with diagrams for factory settings. It is good practise to set it manualy (I havent used tape) to better know how instrument operate. I like aspecially lead sounds but necessary with additional reverb and/or delay. From the begining I have only one problem with this instrument. It used to loose tune. Tune drops approx. 3 notes down and at the same time pith bend wheel looses it upper scale (it just operates only below center point). Maybe anybody can help? Kuba

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-18-2004 at 08:08
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