Take 5: Sequential Releases a Compact, Prophet-5-Style Synth

Since last fall, Sequential has reignited the living legacy of its most-famous creation, the Prophet-5. It reintroduced the synth with the Prophet-5 Rev4 and, for the first time ever, created a desktop version. Now, it's taking some of the Prophet's legendary features and packing them into a $1,299 synth.

The Take 5 is a brand-new instrument from Sequential. It's a VCO/VCF-based, five-voice poly synth with the Prophet-5's famous 4-pole analog filter. But instead of a 61-key keyboard, it hews closer to the form of the smaller Pro 3.

Sequential's announcement video for the Take 5

As Sequential calls it, "It’s the perfect gateway to subtractive synthesis and the creative power of Sequential’s best synths," one that offers "genuine Sequential sound and quality at a price within your reach."

The features, according to Sequential, include:

  • Two analog VCOs per voice
  • Continuously variable wave shape (sine, sawtooth, variable-width pulse) per oscillator
  • Square wave sub-octave generator (oscillator 1) per voice
  • Keyboard tracking on/off for each oscillator
  • Front-panel FM (frequency modulation)
  • Four-pole, resonant, low-pass filter per voice, based on Prophet 5 Rev 4 design
  • Filter can be driven into self-oscillation with the Resonance control
  • Bi-polar filter envelope amount
  • Two 5-stage envelope generators (ADSR + delay) with variable routing (filter, amplifier, gate)
  • Velocity modulation of each envelope amount
  • Envelopes freely assignable to multiple modulation destinations
  • Five wave shapes: triangle, sawtooth, reverse sawtooth, square, and random (sample and hold)
  • One dedicated reverb with damping, pre-delay, decay and tone
  • One multi-effect with stereo delay, BBD delay, tape delay, chorus, flanger, phaser, ring mod, vintage rotating speaker, distortion, high-pass filter
  • Dedicated Overdrive effect
  • Vintage Knob recreates the characteristics of vintage synthesizers by introducing micro-fluctuations in oscillators, filter, and envelopes per voice.
  • Arpeggiator and 64-step sequencer
  • Full-sized, semi-weighted, 3.5-octave premium Fatar keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
  • MIDI In, Out, and Thru, and USB port for bidirectional MIDI communication

The Take 5 is available for pre-order on Reverb now, with an estimated ship date in late August. Order yours here.

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