This video demo, by Marko Ettlich, explores the capabilities of the Sequential CIrcuits Prophet VS synthesizer. The Prophet VS is a vintage keyboard synthesizer from 1987 that uses ‘Vector Synthesis’.
About the Prophet VS, Sound On Sound wrote:
The Prophet VS really sounds like no other synthesizer of its time — and, I would venture, none since. Capable of emulating a Prophet 5, an Oberheim, a PPG or a Jupiter 8, the VS can also create sounds that are unmistakably DX7-like, and still others that are completely unique to it. Some sounds caused such a sensation when the Prophet VS was first heard that they have become a part of synthesis folklore. Patch 69, ‘Filmusic’, is one such sound, a haunting combination of strings and pads that swirl from left to right and back, as the oscillators seem to vie for attention.
In the VS, Sequential practically single-handedly pioneered the use of stereo and multi-dimensional sound positioning for keyboard players, giving them a totally new way of expressing themselves. One indication of the popularity of the VS method and sounds is the sheer number of film soundtracks that were composed almost entirely using the Prophet VS. These often haunting, flowing textures are unmistakable, and they’re still used to this day. Nine out of ten movie sound designers will own a Prophet VS — and treasure it.
If you’ve used the Prophet VS, let us know what you think of it!
- 8 voice polyphonic
- 96 preset waveforms
- 32 user waveforms
- Two LFOs
- 61 key velocity + aftertouch sensitive keyboard
- 100 patch memory