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8Dio has announced its new “JP-4” (Roland Jupiter-4) Add-On pack for the Prophet X and Prophet XL. The Add-On pack is now available for download from their website. The download is approximately 1.3 GB.

The $48 Add-On pack features over 1,034 samples, 25 custom instruments, and 32 custom presets. The Add-On pack was created by deep-sampling a vintage Roland Jupiter-4 synthesizer.

Making its debut in the late 70’s, the Jupiter 4 was the first true polyphonic synth produced by Roland®. Despite its single oscillator per voice and its maximum of four voice polyphony, the JP-4 found success at a time when competition between synth developers was at its fiercest, and it became a true classic in its own right. The synth was adopted by electro-pop artists and many others to such a degree that its rich low-end analog sound became virtually synonymous with the era.

The “JP-4” Add-On pack requires Prophet X OS v2.1 or higher.

The Prophet X was designed to accommodate up to 50 GB of 16-bit, 48 kHz user-generated and third-party content. Imported sample content can be used to create custom instruments and patches. Sampled instruments can be augmented with the Prophet X’s own synthesis engine, which features 2 digital oscillators, stereo analog filters, and a multitude of sound-shaping controls.

For more information about other Add-On Packs, including The Last Prophet (the last production model of the Prophet-5 ever made), the Prophet T8, the ARP 2600, and the OBX, visit 8Dio’s website.

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8Dio has announced a new “T8” Add-On pack for the Prophet X and Prophet XL, which is now available for download from their website. The download is approximately 1.53 GB.

The $48 Add-On pack features over 3,869 samples, 120 custom instruments, and 32 custom presets including Layer A and Layer B for each. The Add-On pack was created by deep-sampling Dave Smith’s own Prophet T8 synthesizer.

The Prophet T8 was one of Sequential’s flagship all-analog instruments created in the early 80s. Its full-size weighted keyboard combined with its range of features, from MIDI integration, velocity, aftertouch, a sequencer, and a variety of keyboard modes (Single/Split/Double/Unison) made it a milestone in both technology and instrument innovation. One of its main selling points, in addition to its unique and powerful sound capabilities, was its high-quality velocity sensitive keys featuring polyphonic aftertouch.

The “T8” Add-On pack requires Prophet X OS v2.1 or higher.

The Prophet X was designed to accommodate up to 50 GB of 16-bit, 48 kHz user-generated and third-party content. Imported sample content can be used to create custom instruments and patches. Sampled instruments can be augmented with the Prophet X’s own synthesis engine, which features 2 digital oscillators, stereo analog filters, and a multitude of sound-shaping controls.

For more information about other Add-On Packs, including The Last Prophet (the last production model of the Prophet-5 ever made) the ARP 2600, and the OBX, visit 8Dio’s website.

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Dave Smith Instruments by Mark Wilcox - 3M ago

8Dio has announced a new “OBX” Add-On pack for the Prophet X and Prophet XL, which is now available for download from their website. The download is approximately 900 MB.

The $48 Add-On pack features over 1,781 samples, 41 custom instruments, and 32 custom presents including Layer A and Layer B for each. The Add-On pack was created by deep-sampling a vintage OBX synthesizer.

The Add-On pack requires Prophet X OS v2.1 or higher.

The Prophet X was designed to accommodate up to 50 GB of 16-bit, 48 kHz user-generated and third-party content. Imported sample content can be used to create custom instruments and patches. Sampled instruments can be augmented with the Prophet X’s own synthesis engine, which features 2 digital oscillators, stereo analog filters, and a multitude of sound-shaping controls.

For more information about other Add-On Packs, including The Last Prophet (the last production model of the Prophet-5 ever made) and the ARP 2600, visit 8Dio’s website.

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Sequential will have a booth at this week’s new synthesizer technology expo, Synthplex, from Friday through Sunday, March 29-31 in Burbank, California. We will be in Booth 40 and showing the Prophet X, Prophet XL, Rev2, and Pro 2 synthesizers. Dave Smith is a featured guest speaker and will appear on Friday, March 29th at 2:45pm in Room B.

Synthplex is a brand-new, annual “All Things Synthesizer” event featuring trade show exhibits where you can buy gear, and enjoy educational and technology seminars, synthesizer history lectures, Q&A Sessions with industry legends (performers, soundtrack composers, sound designers, legendary synth designers), DIY synth building workshops, and live synth concerts all weekend long. There is also a pop-up synth museum featuring rare synths that you can check out.

For more details on Synthplex visit https://www.synthplex.com/

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8Dio has announced that its highly anticipated ARP 2600 Add-On pack for the Prophet X and Prophet XL is now available for download from their website.

The $48 Add-On pack features over 1,042 samples, 22 custom instruments, and 32 custom presents created by deep-sampling a vintage ARP 2600 synthesizer. Multisamples of the instrument’s raw oscillators (sawtooth, triangle, sine, and noise) are also included.

The Add-On pack requires Prophet X OS v2.1 or higher.

The Prophet X was designed to accommodate up to 50 GB of 16-bit, 48 kHz user-generated and third-party content. Imported sample content can be used to create custom instruments and patches. Sampled instruments can be augmented with the Prophet X’s own synthesis engine, which features 2 digital oscillators, stereo analog filters, and a multitude of sound-shaping controls.

For more information about other Add-On Packs, including The Last Prophet (the last production model of the Prophet-5 ever made) visit 8Dio’s website.

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Dave Smith Instruments by Justin Labrecque - 4M ago

GLASYS (Gil Assayas) is a pianist, synthesist, producer, and vocalist who delivers virtuosic keyboard parts, electronic soundscapes, and vocals. He has developed a large social media presence with over two million total video views, has been featured on the Grammys® website, is collaborating with Hip-Hop giant T-Pain, and has toured with legendary 70s-80s band Utopia, led by Todd Rundgren.

GLASYS frequently shares his jaw-dropping improvisations featuring Sequential’s synths on his social media feed.

1.  PROPHET XL IMPROVISATION by GLASYS

“Improvisation using a weird patch I created out of a sax sample on the Sequential Prophet XL.”

Prophet XL improvisation

Improvisation using a weird patch I created out of a sax sample on the Sequential Prophet XL.P.S. Thanks for 30k likes! Just a reminder that if you want to see my posts (without me having to pay FB), click on "following" and "see first" at the top of my page.

Posted by Glasys on Wednesday, March 20, 2019

For more information, check out the Sequential product page here.

Find your local dealer for pricing here.

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The NAMM Foundation has awarded the Sequential Prophet X its prestigious Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award for “Best New Musical Instrument.” The Award was presented at the Foundation’s annual awards ceremony at the National Association of Music Merchants convention in Anaheim, California. The award marks the third TEC award for Sequential and the second TEC award for 8Dio’s Troels Folmann, sample content developer for the instrument.

The TEC Awards are the “Oscars” of the pro audio and sound recording industry and recognize the most outstanding products and technical achievements in the world of music making, live performance, video games, television, and film. Winners represent superior accomplishments in their respective fields and categories.

In addition to the TEC award, the Prophet X has garnered wide critical acclaim from both the music industry press and users alike for its sonic versatility and depth. Its powerful, yet easy to use combination of synthesis-plus-samples technology powers two simultaneous 16-bit, 48kHz sample-based instruments plus two high-resolution digital oscillators with waveshape modulation — all processed through analog filters.

It boasts an internal library of 150 GB of sample content from Academy-award winning sample developers 8Dio, as well as the ability to import up to 50 GB of additional user samples and third-party add-on content. Users can shape the samples through loop manipulation, sample stretching, and a full complement of synthesis functions which include 4 envelope generators, 4 LFOs, and a deep modulation matrix. A dual-effects engine, 64-step polyphonic step sequencer, and arpeggiator add additional performance features.

Sequential founder Dave Smith commented: “We’re proud that the Prophet X has been recognized by both the NAMM Foundation and by the public for what it is — a great-sounding, easy to use creative tool that puts powerful technology in the hands of musicians. That’s always been our philosophy and that’s what we continue to do.” 8Dio co-founder Troels Folmann added: “Receiving a TEC award is always a gratifying experience, but we’re particularly pleased to receive it for our work on the Prophet X because the synth gives musicians a very immediate, expressive, and tactile way to use our deep-sampled instruments.”

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The Prophet X now allows users to import their own samples to create custom instruments and content. Sample import and mapping is done via an easy-to-use software application created by 8Dio, the factory sample content provider for the Prophet X. The application is available for download as a free public Beta from 8Dio’s website.

Because the Prophet X was designed to accommodate up to 50 GB of 16-bit, 48 kHz user content, custom sample import has been a highly anticipated feature of the instrument since its introduction in June of this year. The 50 GB of user sample storage, along with the 150 GB of internal factory samples make the Prophet X the most capacious of any hardware instrument supporting sample playback available today.

Sample playback is only part of the Prophet X package, however, as the instrument’s sound engine actually powers two simultaneous sample-based instruments plus two high-resolution digital oscillators, and adds a full complement of traditional synthesis tools,  all processed through analog filters. Dual digital effects and a 64-step polyphonic sequencer round out the package. In standard performance mode, the instrument provides bi-timbral, 8-voice stereo, or 16-voice mono operation. 32-voice performance mode, which is a feature of the new 2.0 OS, allows paraphonic filter operation when using a single sampled instrument and oscillator.

“Letting users import their own material was an essential part of the Prophet X design from the beginning,” commented Dave Smith. “It makes what’s already our most sonically versatile instrument truly open-ended. We can’t wait to hear where musicians take it now. Things are going to get pretty wild.”

Download 8Dio’s Sample Mapping Utility.

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Sequential is pleased to announce that the Prophet XL — a 76-key version of the Prophet X samples-plus-synthesis hybrid synth — is now shipping. The synth also debuts version 2.0 of the OS for both the Prophet XL and Prophet X which adds significant new features including 32-voice performance mode, forward/backward sample looping, new modulation destinations (Hack, Decimate, and instrument playback delay), a new Ring Mod effect, and several other enhancements.

The Prophet XL boasts the same powerful combination of high-fidelity samples from 8Dio and full synthesis capabilities that has earned its 5-octave sibling, the Prophet X, critical acclaim — but makes the concept even more compelling for studio and stage by adding a semi-weighted-action, 76-key, premium-quality Fatar keybed.

At the heart of both the Prophet XL and the Prophet X is a sound engine that powers two simultaneous 16-bit, 48kHz sample-based instruments plus two high-resolution digital oscillators with waveshape modulation — all processed through analog filters. In standard performance mode, the instrument provides bi-timbral, 8-voice stereo, or 16-voice mono operation. 32-voice performance mode, which is a feature of the new 2.0 OS, allows paraphonic filter operation when using a single sampled instrument and oscillator.

Dave Smith commented: “We designed the Prophet XL for musicians who wanted more of a good thing. By adding an extended, semi-weighted action keyboard and enabling 32-voice performance mode, we’ve made it even more satisfying to play the acoustic and electric pianos and other instruments where increased polyphony is crucial. Of course 32-voice mode is also enabled on the Prophet X with OS 2.0, so all of our users benefit.”

Sample content for the Prophet X series was created by sound developers 8Dio, known for pioneering “deep sampling.” Regarding the new instrument, 8Dio co-founder Troels Folmann said: “For us, it’s all about giving musicians the best tools to express themselves. The Prophet XL is a great enhancement of the original Prophet X concept. More keys and more voices means more room to explore and create.”

The 150 GB sample library in the Prophet XL and Prophet X includes numerous acoustic and electronic instruments as well as an extensive collection of ambient and cinematic effects. Users can shape the samples through loop manipulation, sample stretching, and the synthesizer’s many sound-sculpting functions which include 4 envelope generators, 4 LFOs, a deep modulation matrix, and other tools. The Prophet XL and Prophet X also provide 50 gigabytes of internal storage for importing additional samples. Additional sample expansion packs are available from 8Dio. Support for user-created sample content is scheduled for December, 2018.

The Prophet XL is available now with a MAP of $4,399.

Version 2.0 of the Prophet X/XL OS can be downloaded from the Support page.

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Sequential is pleased to announce a special numbered, limited edition of our acclaimed Prophet 12 Analog/Digital Hybrid synthesizer — the Prophet LE. It features a custom, arctic white finish with maple end caps, making it a visually striking contrast to the standard Prophet 12.

The Prophet 12 LE will be strictly limited to 100 instruments worldwide and will commemorate the last of these synthesizers that Sequential will create. After that, the Prophet 12 will no longer be available.

Dave Smith had this to say about the Prophet 12 LE: “It’s nice to give the Prophet 12 a proper send-off with this special edition. The P12 was a real milestone for us in terms of pushing the synth envelope. As a hybrid instrument, it gave us a chance to explore the interaction of digital oscillators and analog filters and see how far we could take that idea. It’s still a great instrument and has found its way onto a lot of stages and studios, and into a lot of music.”

Sequential product designer Andrew McGowan recalled the genesis of the Prophet 12: “We’d just released the Tempest analog drum machine after several years of development, and we were turning our attention back to synths for the first time in a while. It gave us the opportunity to look at things with a fresh eye. Interestingly, when Dave and I sat down to draw up a spec, it was immediately apparent that we’d each been sort of designing the same instrument in our minds during our ‘time away’ — a hybrid synth with digital oscillators, dual analog filters, and new modulation possibilities. The Prophet 12 came together quickly after that and turned out really well for us.”

The Prophet 12 LE has the same combination of features as the original Prophet 12 — a bi-timbral, 12-voice architecture, with each voice boasting four high-resolution, multi-waveform digital oscillators, a sub-oscillator, analog low-pass and high-pass filters, analog VCAs, four envelopes and four LFOs, and a set of unique Character Effects for sound shaping. Linear FM capability was later added to the Prophet 12 as a software enhancement, giving the instrument even greater depth and making it one of Sequential’s most versatile poly synths.

The Prophet 12 LE will be available in December of 2018 with a US MAP of $2,999. A limited number of standard-finish black Prophet 12s are available while stock lasts.

Read more about the Prophet 12 LE here.

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