March 16, 2018
Digital Synthesizers / Keyboard / Korg / Under £500 / Vintage

Korg Prophecy Physical Modelling Synthesizer

The Korg Prophecy is a monophonic digital synthesizer used by many well-known electronic music acts including the Orb, The Prodigy, Orbital, 808 State and Depeche Mode. It uses physical modelling to mimic analog synthesis.

Don’t be fooled by the fact it’s monophonic, in all honesty we would have loved to have had at least 4 notes of polyphony, but with samplers and DAW’s you can always record you favourite sounds to audio and play them back, but in doing so you would miss out on the fun wheel and ribbon controller combo, and two wheels that can be assigned to control certain effects of which there are six onboard!!

It was designed to produce analog sounding timbres, it can produce sounds like FM synthesisers can (Frequency Modulation synthesis). You also have a few knobs to play around with changing the filter cutoff, resonance, envelopes (ADSR) and an arpeggiator. You have 4 LFO’s included for some truly magical sounds!

They can still be had for cheap, I bought mine broken for £70 UK Sterling. I do all my own repairs, so it was a bargain as it now fully works, and I love it, a unique synthesizer that I am keeping for sure!

 

FINAL WORD:

Excellent for sound effects and alternative sounds, it also does analog /physical modelling well, and for the price of around £200 UK sterling you can do much worse!

 

SOUND DEMOS

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

Year Produced

1995

Keyboard/Number of keys

37 note keyboard comes with velocity and after touch for even more expressive playing!!

Sound Generation

Physical Modelling

Maximum Polyphony

1 Note / Voice at a time (Monophonic)

Programs/Presets

Can store up to 128 different TONES, you can also store an additional 64 on an external card too…

Oscillators

1

FILTER

Cutoff, Resonance, Voice filter, High Pass, Low Pass, Band pass and notch filters!!

LFO

4 LFOs, 30 Waveforms, Real-Time Modulation

VCA

We have a whopping four envelopes on board!

EFFECTS

Chorus, Flanger, Delay, Wah Wah, Reverb, Distortion and other cross types see downloadable manual below section 4-6 😉

Sequencer/Arpeggiator

It has a programmable Arpeggiator that can send and receive midi clock messages.

Common Faults

Broken ribbon controller and a battery replacement message

Other

Controllable by MIDI, with velocity and after touch

SAMPLES

 

ROYALTY FREE EFFECTS

 

USEFUL LINKS

 

DOCUMENTATION

Download Korg Prophecy User Manual pdf

Download Korg Prophecy Schematics pdf

IMAGES FROM

66Khz studios.

 

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