Sequential Prophet-5/Prophet-10 vs Prophet-6

When Sequential introduced the new Prophet-5 & Prophet-10, one of the first things people wondered was how they compared to other Sequential synths, like the Prophet-6.

In this video, synthesist Julian Pollack answers that question, taking a deep dive into key differences between the Sequential Prophet 5/Prophet 10 (Rev 4) Reissue and the Sequential Prophet 6.

The video focuses on the sound and functionality of the two synthesizers; where they differ and where they overlap.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

Topics covered:

00:12 – Introduction
00:58 – Part 1: Prophet 6 “main” differences
04:03 – Part 2: Prophet 5/10 “main” differences
06:48 – Part 3: “direct” sound comparisons (similar patches)
27:17 – Part 4: patches that begin to reveal inherent differences
32:44 – Part 5: Prophet 6 “unique” patches
39:31 – Part 6: Prophet 5/10 patches, demonstrating raw “tone” & “timbre”
48:55 – Part 7: Conclusion and Final Thoughts

Technical details:

The two synthesizers were recorded directly into Pro Tools at 48khz with Universal Audio Apollo preamps. No external FX were used in the recording of the sounds, unless where noted in the video. The two synths were leveled in terms of gain as carefully as possible to create the most unbiased listening environment.

4 thoughts on “Sequential Prophet-5/Prophet-10 vs Prophet-6

  1. Beginning at 4:14 in this clip from a few years ago, while talking about the Prophet 6, Dave Smith himself says that, “Compared to a Prophet 5, it goes well beyond it, but because of the way the circuits are designed, it really has the same heart and soul that the original Prophet 5 did.”

    Dave Smith then talks about John Bowen creating the same 40 sound presets for the Prophet 6 that he did for the original Prophet 5, and then they compared the 40 sounds on the Prophet 6 to his Prophet 5. Dave Smith says, “We were amazed how close they were…” and that they were, “…mostly indistinguishable.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ybT4refThw

  2. so much great info here. as a p6 owner, I’m excited to see J3POs suggestions. I’m relieved, too, that while the p5/10 is a work of art, I’m not that interested in getting rid of my p6 to get one.

  3. If the ‘Vintage’ knob functionality is creating a controlled (i.e. digitally?) random offset on some of the parameters, this feature could in theory be implemented on the P6 or OB6. Many of the P5 sounds in this video seems to heavily rely on it. This would be a very welcome update to the other 2 synths, if it were possible.

  4. If the ‘Vintage’ knob functionality is creating a controlled (i.e. digitally?) random offset on some of the parameters, this feature could in theory be implemented on the P6 or OB6. Many of the P5 sounds in this video seem to rely heavily on it.

    This would be a very welcome update to the other 2 synths, if it were possible.

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