So, I managed to re-acquire a Prophet-600 a few days ago. I sold my last one to start my modern analogue extravaganza, which never worked that well for me. All I can say is, it’s good to be back with the vintage Prophet. Real good. The P600 is BIG American synthesizer sound for not that big money. Sure, it is limited, and feels a bit flimsy kinda like the Pro-One, and the digital envelopes are a bit sluggish, and the LFO could have more range, and the MIDI is archaic (well, this was The FIRST synth with MIDI)… But it just sounds fantastic. Same Curtis CEM3340 VCO chips as on most American analogue polys (Prophet-5, OB-Xa, OB-8, Memorymoog, etc.) and CEM3372 VCF/VCA chips that have ‘that’ Curtis sound, result in a fantastically saturated, brash and powerful sound.
Here’s a couple of Prophet-600 demo tracks I farted out to demonstrate the sound. Besides for the boring drum tracks, these are all P600, all played live (poorly) without sequencing.
There’s some reverb and delay, and some hum from my USB-interface in the second demo. Gotta make a demo of just individual dry sounds sometime soon. Anyways, hope y’all like these.
Matti / Turku Synth Club