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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:06 pm    Sequential & The Prophet are back! Reply with quoteBack to top

This story is a bit like a fairy tale with a happy ending Laughing

Dave Smith was instrumental in developing the MIDI interface making history in 1982 by linking for the first time two different branded synths: a Prophet 600 & a Roland Jupiter 6.
Finally a working universal digital interface was born enabling the interface of musical instruments regardless of brand.

In 1987 Sequential Circuits was sold to Yamaha & Dave Smith was not able to use his old brand names for his new line of products.

Last year Roland's founder Ikutaro Kakehashi suggested to Yamaha's president Takuya Nakata to return the Sequential name back to Dave Smith in recognition for his implementation of MIDI which is still in use toady.

To celebrate the event Dave Smith is releasing the "Sequential Prophet 6" synth, a very, very impressive machine with analog signal path, discrete VCO's amongst many things, a true masterpiece Exclamation

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Check out info & a Dave Smith's intro:

http://www.davesmithinstruments.com/product/prophet-6/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m65rAfsjllw

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:05 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

I will be buying one when it is available. As an owner of the Mopho and Mono Evolver keys, this is the next one from Dave Smith I would like to own.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:53 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Don't fairy tales always have a happy ending?

And they lived merrily ever after.

Not sure what to make of a four-octave keyboard and those tiny controls -- will try out one when I have the chance to, though.

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Don't fairy tales always have a happy ending?
And they lived merrily ever after.

Not sure what to make of a four-octave keyboard and those tiny controls -- will try out one when I have the chance to, though.Stephen


Laughing It was just a guess, I did not read traditional fairy tales for a while and new ones coming out of Hollywood (in film format) scared me Laughing

The momentary push switches with LED's & LED displays seem the same as on the Prophet 5 as they were standard components available in hobby shops but the knobs appear to be smaller diameter.

I am not sure how much of a limitation a missing octave is, maybe connect the favorite master controller keyboard via MIDI Very Happy

Technologically this is a great synth for this century continuing the Andromeda 8 legacy and may blow away all those virtual analog synth like the Nord, Virus, etc.

While Oberheim, ARP, Moog and other early synths are faithful rebuilds Dave Smith opted for innovation merging decades of synth technologies into a new machine.

But as you say, best to wait and play (with) it

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:24 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

I don't have trouble with the "missing" octave. I have a big 88 keys masterkeyboard and it has midi.

I am happy with the fact that the analogue synths are massive available again and absolutely don't care about smaller keyboards in octaves or size.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:53 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

What is MIDI?

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« dronescape » wrote:
What is MIDI? Stephen

Very predictable...

I can appreciate sarcasm, cynicism, smart ass(ness) and other variations when used in good taste, but your constant negative take on just about every post has worn off the effect.

How about starting your own posts for a change so we can take turns picking the crap out of them...

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:51 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

« phaedra2008 » wrote:
« dronescape » wrote:
What is MIDI? Stephen

Very predictable...

I can appreciate sarcasm, cynicism, smart ass(ness) and other variations when used in good taste, but your constant negative take on just about every post has worn off the effect.

How about starting your own posts for a change so we can take turns picking the crap out of them...


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« phaedra2008 » wrote:
« dronescape » wrote:
What is MIDI? Stephen

Very predictable...

I can appreciate sarcasm, cynicism, smart ass(ness) and other variations when used in good taste, but your constant negative take on just about every post has worn off the effect.

How about starting your own posts for a change so we can take turns picking the crap out of them...


This was not meant to be sarcastic -- I don't use MIDI. Never did and probably never will. My Prophet 5 has a MIDI retrofit, never use(d) it.

Why so much negativity? Had a bad breakfast?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:02 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

« dronescape » wrote:
Why so much negativity? Had a bad breakfast?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:13 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Very interesting the new SI and one thing is for sure, synths are still a perfect instrument for expressing our creativity and for me it doesn't matter how its done (i like MIDI to, I can't imagine without).
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One day - if I'll ever make some (extra) money - I might buy me some fancy gear, too... Cool

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« BruecknerAmbient » wrote:
One day - if I'll ever make some (extra) money - I might buy me some fancy gear, too... Cool

It's not about the gear, it's what you do with it.

Remember all those classic albums that we still love have been made with - compared to curent standards - very primitive and mostly very little equipment (wasn't Oxygene recorded on an 8-track with as one of it's main instruments an electronic organ...?).

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« BruecknerAmbient » wrote:
One day - if I'll ever make some (extra) money - I might buy me some fancy gear, too... Cool

It's not about the gear, it's what you do with it.


Funny - just about three minutes ago I used almost the same words in a mail to Hollan Homes (...talking about how much more he gets out of Reason compared to me Laughing )

Then again, I think (good) tools can be an inspiration, and IF a musician has good ideas, proper equipment can certainly help to make those ideas shine...

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« VCO1 » wrote:
[...] It's not about the gear, it's what you do with it. [...]


"Limitations force you to be creative." (Brian Eno)

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