The Korg Prophecy is considered one of the earliest (mid-nineties) monophonic, monotimbral "virtual analog" (VA) synthesizers, although its synthesis capabilities went beyond many of its VA contemporaries.
The Prophecy was among one of the first synthesizers to lead a revolution started in the mid-nineties by synthesizer makers to satisfy a growing segment of the market that was lusting after old-school vintage equipment in the pursuit of making electronica-style music, by providing a state-of-the-art retro synthesizer that could sound like a classic analog.
The Prophecy Solo Synthesizer was unveiled in 1995, and was a purely monophonic solo/lead synthesizer. It employed DSP synthesis first developed for the Korg OASYS synthesizer, with algorithms for producing realistic analog timbres, VPM (Variable Phase Modulation) tones similar to FM synthesis, and physically modeled brass, reed, and plucked string instruments. At your finger tips were tons of real-time control over traditional analog editing parameters like filter cutoff and resonance, envelopes and the arpeggiator. It had a pitch wheel, a mod wheel, an expressive dual action ribbon wheel, six effects processors and more!
It is used by The Orb, Depeche Mode, Orbital, Union Jack, The Prodigy, Radio Head, the Pet Shop Boys and many others. The Korg Prophecy is a great and modern techno/electronic music machine.
Polyphony - Monophonic
Oscillators - Physical Modeling
LFO - 4 LFOs, 30 Waveforms, Real-Time Modulation, 0-60Hz
Filter - Voice Filter: Resonant Low/Hi/Band/Notch
VCA - 4 envelopes
Keyboard - 37 keys (with velocity & aftertouch)
Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator: Programmable, Sends/Receives MIDI Clock
Control - MIDI
Date Produced - 1995
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