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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Dane a professional user from Near NYC writes:
I bought my rev3.1 off a guy who had forty synths in his lounge and needed the space. It wasnt a gem and needed work. Paid $870 for it. And about $4-500 getting it working properly. Still a good deal by todays standards. I want to midi it soon. It is the most admired synth Ive got. And is crying out to be tweaked and played. The bass, leads and pads are the real deal. It is so distinctive in a mix. alot of the sounds have been overused over the years. You can still come up with great things easily. A much sought after set of keys. Not many left now.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-03-2003 at 15:19
One of the best analogue polyphonics. Up there with the The Jupiter 8 , 6, the Synthex,the cheap componented Matrix 12, the Rhodes Chroma and the Super JX10. Most of the other 'great' polys are crap, unfortunately. I am a professional mender. That incldes the Oberheim OBXs and the dreadful memorymoog. I love the way memorymoogs overheat and melt down from the inside out. Who ever allowed them to be released? They're dry joint city! The Prophet is gloriously analogue. Gorgeous Curtis chips, beautifully implemented. Excellent overall quality. The SSM chips have a shelf life. They will go wrong and are about to do so if they haven't already. Buy a prophet any day. It is the number one analogue icon.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-27-2003 at 14:22
Tammy G writes:
'Polaroid' sorry, my friend we will have to beg to differ. The sound difference is not as strong as you say. I do have them side by side...well one on top of the other and the sound difference is negligible. Reliability is a major problem with the rev 2 and a concern with the rev 3...a fact. I am glad that your experience of the rev 2 is acceptable in this respect. As for net talk...well we all know what that's like..don't we? Just read some of the blah on this site. Most who have been able to assess the two synths and their sound admit that the difference is very small and as for the 2 being superior...well??!! I also own a Jupiter6, a VS, a Z1, minimoog, DX7 and numerous other classics and I can tell you, from experience, that the Prophet is the best sounding...well maybe the VS is, but its not an analogue really. The price of the rev 3 should be higher as it is a better, more usable synth that can be midied. I have tried to get my rev 2 done but it will have to go to Wine County for major reconstruction. No cheap kenton jobs, allas. This is an important factor in today's computer generated music world. I agree with what people are saying about buying off dealers. I do. You have somewhere to go if things go wrong.

posted Saturday-Oct-18-2003 at 05:13
polaroid music writes:
hmm, I feel the need to put things straight here. I bought my first Prophet, a rev3, back in -89 and later aquired a rev2. The rev2 is still with me... I find it hard to believe that "Tammy", who allegedly owns both versions can´t tell the quite obvious difference in sound. Either the units or your ears are broken. It´s not so much a question of any rev being ´better´ - it´s just a plain fact that the rev2 has more lower end and another overall sound to it that becomes even more apparent if you open the filter and increase the resonance. Whether you prefer the more tidy rev3 with its better reputation regarding reliability and easier MIDIfication, or the slightly unpredictable but decidedly human sounding rev2 is up to you, but to dismiss the whole matter as ´net talk´ is just a sign of ignorance.

Interestingly, I had more problems with my rev3 than my quite stable and reliable rev2. So much for bad reputations.

The one thing we can agree on is that the Prophet is one of the most usable, playable and flexible classy sounding poly analogs you can get hold of. I wouldn´t go so far as to call it ´best´, as I don´t believe there is such a thing - it´s more a matter of taste and musical needs.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-17-2003 at 21:44
matrix writes:
If you want one, get one from Wine Country. They are ex Sequential employees and really do an emaculate job restoring Prophets. Their prices aren't much higher and you'll have the satisfaction that the synth is in top notch condition. I made the mistake of going for a "perfect condition" "you'll never find one this clean" "if you wanted a Prophet this is THE one to get" off of Ebay. Turned out to have numerous problems. In the end I was out $1100. Never again. The person selling it also went through a friends account with a perfect ebay record. At this point it's dealers only for me or people on AH that I know have good reputations. The Prophet 5 is an absolute classic synth. Amazing sound. Nothing sounds like it. If any synth deserves a 5 of 5, this would be one of them.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-17-2003 at 14:15
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