It sounds like you need to try out a Rev 2.Pro5 wrote:I'd definitely take a Prophet 5 over a JP-6 if someone offered me them and I could only take one (and couldn't resell). In fact, all things considered I'd probably even taken a new prophet rev 2 over a Jupiter 6, it can do FAR more (other than multimode and Cross mod) and I think it actually sounds better overall, even with that curtis filter and DCOs.
I wasn't a big fan of the Prophet 08 but against the JP-6 and as a useful musical tool it would be preferable and the Rev gives it the knock out punch with the sub/waveshaping etc over the p'08, the JP-6 just seems to have a very narrow sweet spot and limited range of *usable* sound where it doesn't fizz out.
A Jd-800 with polysix (currently) makes a great alternative to a JP-6, but a Rev 2 put in there too would round it off... and all 3 would have cost me less than most JP-6s go for (at what I paid for the JD/Six).
I didn't like the Prophet 08 either. But I've owned a Rev 2 for a month, and don't feel I've lost out by not having a vintage poly instead: it's a good, well-rounded synth. There is individual waveshaping (for all the waveforms) per oscillator, but what's particularly neat is that can all be modulated through the extensive modulation matrix, so you can tie the wave shape to separate LFOs/aftertouch/pedal/etc. for some subtle effects. The sub oscillator does give it added thump, which is handy for warm Oberheim-type brass pads. On top of that, you've got the multitimbral sequence, which I find useful for patch experimentation.
Only thing I'd recommend against is getting the 8-voice; in multitimbral mode you're down to four notes (the 16 voice version will give you 8). You can upgrade later though, as I will be doing soon, when The Wife's not looking.