Polysix, Prophet 600, Jupiter 6; (most like Prophet 5?)

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Polysix, Prophet 600, Jupiter 6; (most like Prophet 5?)

Post by 8bit9bot » Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:04 pm

ok... i'm not buying any of these anytime soon... but i always wanted a prophet 5 to get the tony mansfield/new musik sound - so which of these substitutes sounds the most like the original?

i understand each one has its own benefits over the Prophet 5 as well...

polysix has the effects section
prophet 600 has midi (and the name? does that even matter?)
and jupiter 6 has multi-mode filtering (and midi!)

perhaps none of them sounds enough like a prophet 5... is it better to just say i will never afford the real thing and just give up?

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Re: Polysix, Prophet 600, Jupiter 6; (most like Prophet 5?)

Post by SWAN » Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:15 pm

Prophet 600...closest you can get to the P5 - but its more brash and the envelopes are slow. The others arent really like a P5 at all.

Others worth considering are a OB8 or a Prophet 08. However - only a P5 will really sound like a P5...but you can start with one of these...

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Re: Polysix, Prophet 600, Jupiter 6; (most like Prophet 5?)

Post by Carey M » Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:08 pm

Yep, Prophet-600 definitely closest to P5. It has a few shortcomings (envelopes, parameter resolution), but the sound is great and "Prophety". JP-6 has same VCO chips as P600 and P5, but doesn't really sound similar.

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Re: Polysix, Prophet 600, Jupiter 6; (most like Prophet 5?)

Post by CfNorENa » Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:17 pm

Another vote for the Prophet 600. That's as close as you can get, I think.

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Re: Polysix, Prophet 600, Jupiter 6; (most like Prophet 5?)

Post by schmidtc » Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:18 am

Me thinks none of these are all that akin to a P5, but the Jup 6 is by far the most fun to play.

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Re: Polysix, Prophet 600, Jupiter 6; (most like Prophet 5?)

Post by 8bit9bot » Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:31 am

is it true the that prophet 600 does not have a noise generator? is there any workaround for that? (ext in -or- sample and hold lfo w/ high frequency)?

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Re: Polysix, Prophet 600, Jupiter 6; (most like Prophet 5?)

Post by V301H » Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:04 am

Features-wise the Jupiter 6 far outperforms these Synths as well as the Prophet 5. It won't sound just like a Prophet 5 but does sound like a classic analog PolySynth.
The Prophet 600 will sound the closest as well as having a similar panel layout to the Prophet 5 and it can be had for well under $1000 if you wait for a deal.
The Polysix only has single-Oscillator voices so will not be able to simulate a lot of what the Prophet can do.
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Re: Polysix, Prophet 600, Jupiter 6; (most like Prophet 5?)

Post by GuyaGuy » Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:11 am

8bit9bot wrote:is it true the that prophet 600 does not have a noise generator? is there any workaround for that? (ext in -or- sample and hold lfo w/ high frequency)?
Nope, no noise. I use the Moog MP201 for noise, sample and hold, and filter sweeping.

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Re: Polysix, Prophet 600, Jupiter 6; (most like Prophet 5?)

Post by 8bit9bot » Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:17 am

can you get noise-like sounds out of the FM of one osc to the other? i know yamaha's DX FM can produce many noise like effects without an actual noise generator - or is that unrealistic on the p600?

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Re: Polysix, Prophet 600, Jupiter 6; (most like Prophet 5?)

Post by GuyaGuy » Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:17 am

8bit9bot wrote:can you get noise-like sounds out of the FM of one osc to the other? i know yamaha's DX FM can produce many noise like effects without an actual noise generator - or is that unrealistic on the p600?
Not really. It's more clangy and raspy sounds. But definitely no woosh sounds.

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