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Sequential Prophet 6 vs New Prophet 5 and 10 Rev4

Comparing the New Prophet 5 and 10 Rev4 vs the Prophet 6


With the release of the New Sequential Prophet 5/10 Rev4, you might wonder how the synth compares to the Prophet 6 synth released a few years back.  Below is a table of features and specs that highlight some of the key differences.   

The Prophet 6 is a more advanced and versatile synth with its feature set, however the Prophet 5/10 Rev4 is the most authentic recreation of the legendary Prophets from the 1980s.   The new Rev4 has attention to detail to match classic circuits and behaviors, as well as dial in vintage character via voice modeling with the new Vintage Knob circuit.

  Prophet 6 Prophet 5/10 Rev4
 
Analog Voices 6 Voices 5 Voices, 10 Voices
Voice Allocation Scheme Round Robin Per-key allocation
Voice Modeling/Variance Osc Slop knob provides variable amount of detuning of all oscillators per voice.  This is a more random and artificial type of per voice character.   It's based on a sort of complex LFO setup which makes it so every oscillator is constantly drifting back-and-forth in frequency.  This method increases chance for random dissonance, and reduces repeatability. New Vintage Knob implementation provides a sort of voice component modeling, offsetting values to oscillator tunings, as well as filter, envelope, amp and perhaps other components on a per voice basis.  This method is more authentic for virtually aging the components, and you can dial it in with the knob.  A great addition for classic P5/P10 character.
VCO Oscillators 2x VCOs - Discreet Design 2x VCOs - Curtis CEM3340 IC
VCO Sub Oscillator 1x Triangle Sub Osc Below Osc1 No
VCO Shaping Continuously Variable Wave Shape from Triangle>Sawtooth>Pulse/Square Simultaneous Switchable Osc Shapes: Osc1: Saw, Pulse,  Osc2: Saw, Tri, Pulse
VCO Poly Mod Yes Yes
VCF Low Pass Filter(s) One 4-Pole Filter 
Discreet Design, (Based on SSM 2040)
Two 4-Pole Filters, Switchable:
New Dave Rossom 2140 (Based on SSM 2040)
Curtis CEM3320 
High Pass Filter Two pole resonant high pass per voice No
LFO Five Selectable Wave Shapes:  Triangle, Saw, Reverse Saw, Square, Random (Sample and Hold)  - LFO can be clock synced. Three Simultaneously Selectable Shapes:  Saw, Triangle, Square  (shape mixed) - No LFO clock sync
Envelopes ADSR Amp and Filter Envelopes with Velocity ADSR Amp and Filter Envelopes with Velocity
MIDI Clock/Sync Yes No
Arpeggiator Yes No
Sequencer Yes No
Built in Effects Stereo analog distortion, plus true bypass digital effects:  dual 24-bit 48khz digital effects including reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, phase shifter, and ring modulation No
Main Audio Output Left/mono and Right audio outputs (Stereo) Mono output
Control Voltage I/O No CV In/Out (1-volt per octave)  
Gate In/Out
Patch Memory 500 User and 500 Factory Programs 200 User and 200 Factory Programs
Keyboard 4-Octave Fatar Keyboard 5-Octave Fatar Keyboard
Performance Controls Key Velocity and Aftertouch, Pitch and Mod Wheels, Octave Up/Down Transpose Switches, Hold Switch/Key Latch, Polyphonic Glide, Unison, Panel Control Mode Key Velocity and Aftertouch, Polyphonic Glide, Unison, Panel Control Mode
Dimensions 32.3in width x 12.7in depth x 4.6in height 37.5in width x 16.4in depth x 4.9in height
Weight 20 pounds (9.5kg) 31 pounds (14kg)
Price $2799 for 6-voice $3499 for 5-voice,  $4299 for 10-voice

 

From an authenticity standpoint, the Rev4's per-key voice allocation matches the behavior of the classic Prophet 5/10 synths, and the Vintage Knob uses voice component modeling offsets to dial in vintage character.   This represents a big improvement over previous implementations of Slop or Osc Drift for capturing vintage character.    Further, the New Prophet 5/10 Rev4 have closer matched Oscillator and Filter Circuits, including switchable filters to get the classic P5 Rev1/Rev2 sound vs the P5 Rev3 sound.    If you're looking for a modern, reliable keyboard that has that legendary 1980s Prophet sound, the Rev4 is definitely the best bet.   

The Prophet 6 also features a core sound similar to the classic Prophets from the 1980s, however it is less authentic in terms of the actual circuitry used, the voice behavior, and the vintage variance capabilities.   The Prophet 6, however, does include many features and modern functions that the Prophet 5/10 Rev4 do not - including an extra sub oscillator per voice, continuously variable oscillator shaping, a resonant high pass filter per voice, more LFO options, built in MIDI clock with arpreggiator and polyphonic sequencer, both analog and digital effects, stereo output, 1000 program slots, and some additional performance controls.   The Prophet 6 is one octave shorter.

Here's a video showing off some of the features specific to the Prophet 6.   

 

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