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Sequential Circuits Prophet 600
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Submitted: April 13th, 2004
by Jens Lüpke
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Sound Quality
Pure analog with an extra edge!: Pads, Brass & Strings are no problem, Bass could be tricky because of the slow envelopes. But the most exciting sounds are the harsh, distorted metalic and noisy ones, which are created by the poly-mod section...VCO B to Filter, throw in some resonance or switch to Sync an you're done :-). This synth offers more than might be expected on the first look. Sounds are extremely dry, direct and crystal clear.
Tuning is ok but could be faster...lasts approx. 30 sec in worst cases. Keyboard contacts need some cleaning now and then (as most silicone rubber dome contatcs do). The most ugly fault is that the P600 'forgets' about his pots and switches during heavy tweaking sometimes....the Panel behaves like completely dead for some seconds, that suddenly gets back to work again... very strange :-|. Maybe i have to readjust the DAC gain or something like that.... If you consider buying one, be sure that the membrane panel works properly, because this is the most hard-to-get spare part!
General Comments
I think comparing a P600 and P5 makes not much sense, the P600 is an instrument of its own. For less that half the price of a P5 you can get a superior sounding synth with MIDI and some features you won't find on other Synths of that Aera. I definitely would buy it again :-)
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