At the 2020 NAMM Show, we talked with synth pioneer Dave Smith, who showed us his new Sequential Pro 3 synthesizer.
The Sequential Pro 3 synthesizer is a hybrid analog/digital synth that features 2 VCOs, a wavetable oscillator, three filter options, three LFOs, loopable envelopes, a step sequencer and more. The updates mean it can make all sorts of traditional monophonic synth sounds, but with sound design capabilities that go way beyond that.
Sequential Pro 3 Features:
- Two analog, voltage-controlled oscillators
- One DSP-based digital oscillator
- Analog oscillators produce three classic wave shapes: (triangle, saw, pulse) with variable shape modulation/pulse width on each
- Digital oscillator produce 32 digital wavetables of 16 waves each with wave morphing, plus classic wave shapes (sine, triangle, saw, variable-width pulse) and super saw
- Digital oscillator 3 can function as an LFO for complex wavetable-based modulation
- White noise generator
- Hard sync, per-oscillator Glide, Oscillator Slop
- 3-voice paraphonic mode with individually-gated envelopes per oscillator
- Three classic filter types
- Filter 1 is a 4-pole, 24 dB per-octave, Prophet-6 low-pass filter
- Filter 2 is a classic, 4-pole, 24 dB per-octave, transistor ladder filter with optional resonance compensation
- Filter 3 is a 2-pole, 12 db per-octave, OB-6 state-variable filter. It can be continuously varied between low-pass, notch, and high-pass operation, with an optional band-pass mode.
- Three syncable LFOs with phase offset and slew per LFO
- Five waveshapes: triangle, saw, reverse saw, square, and S&H
- Four ADSR envelopes with delay (Filter, VCA, and two Auxiliary envelopes)
- Envelopes freely assignable to multiple modulation destinations
- All envelopes can repeat/loop
- Tuned feedback with Grunge for extra-aggressive tonal destruction
- Programmable analog distortion
Sequential is making two versions of the Pro 3: a standard edition, and a special edition with wood trim and a tilting panel. Details on the Pro 3 are available at the Sequential site.