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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Christopher Cathles a professional user from UK writes:
I have five SCI 2000/2002's and a couple of Oberheim DPX-1's which play Prophet disks. I've used the rig for many pro releases. The fat warm sound is due to high-frequency roll-off because the default setting for resonance is zero. A frequency response test showed this up, but resonance 21 gave a flat response all the way up, albeit at a slightly lower volume. Try a cymbal sound and alter resonance to 21 to hear the difference. The 12-bit architecture doesn't cause problems because for long sustains I compressed the sound and used the filters so as to not show up noise when the sound decays. An excellent piece of kit, even to this day the advanced MIDI spec is pretty hot. Congratulations to Dave Smith, Chet Wood and the SCI team for the 2000/2002.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-19-2004 at 18:53
Cal a professional user writes:
A once very good sampler. Unfortunately,as with all samplers, time has not been kind to the prophet. Short sampling times and few features have rendered it a starter sampler. Even high end samplers are becoming cheap and accessable. The prophet has some nice features such as an arpeggiator and a good curtis type filter. The hardware is heavy and prone to problems. I am surprised that people such as Wine Country are still supporting it. Still, whatever makes money. Being a Sequential keyboard, there is a collector's value and premium on the price. Better to get a 3000 if you can find one. Or, better still, just get a newish Akai! If you are into collecting, and can't afford a 5, 10, 8, VS or 600, then the 2000 is a compremise. Cheapish, though not cheap enough, and reasonably useful.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-05-2003 at 12:03
Bulldogge a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This is not a review. In general, questions are best asked in The Gas Station, not the Sonic State reviews.

That said, try a web search for Wine Country Sequential. This is a company made up of ex-Sequential Circuits employees which sells manuals, sells and repairs old Prophets as well as disks, chips and the like--anything you could need for an older Sequential Circuits synth or sampler.

Hope this helps.

posted Friday-Dec-14-2001 at 13:06
Ben Menadue a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I've just picked up a standard 256k prophet 2000 and find the mid-fi sound excellent - particularly combined with the analogue oscillator filters. Top marks, if only I could work out how to programme it (no manual) - If anyone can tell me what the "Lh" reading means when I try to format a disk I would appreciate it. BTW - I also think the arpeggiator is fantastic.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-14-2001 at 09:03
nmb a part-time user from u$a writes:
There is an endless amount of sounds you can produce with the filters and good samples. If you find one make sure its 512k or a meg of memory or it can get frustrating. The matrix format is a total pain in the ass to master but this machine really is worth while.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-18-2000 at 16:47
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