The legendary Prophet synth designer David Smith, released a sneak preview, earlier this week which left synth-heads frothing at the mouth. Well, grab a napkin and froth no more, because Sequential’s new flagship, the Prophet XL has officially landed.
The new synth adds 76 semi-weighted fatar keys and a new performance mode to the Prophet X. Sequential claims their new flagship is, “a potent fusion of samples-plus-synthesis and the most ground-breaking evolution of the Prophet yet.”
With both a dedicated synth and sample engine, Sequential’s new Prophet XL is the latest flagship in a long line of legendary synthesisers.
Sequential says that at its heart the Prophet XL is a “bi-timbral, 8-voice-stereo, 16-voice mono, 32-voice paraphonic synth,” that boasts a new sound engine which powers two simultaneous 16-bit, 48kHz sample-based instruments and two high-resolution digital oscillators, all processed through creamy analogue filters.
The Prophet XL’s synth engine gives you what Sequential claims is, “the power of a classic Prophet,” with the two digital oscillators featuring classic waveshapes as well as a supersaw for more timbral possibilities.
Like the Prophet X the XL has 150 GB of internal samples to use through the units powerful sample engine. The samples were created by the acclaimed sound developers 8Dio, known for pioneering “deep sampling.”
On the XL, 8Dio co-founder Troels Folmann stated that, “For us, it’s all about giving musicians the best tools to express themselves. The Prophet XL is a great enhancement of the original Prophet X concept because it gives artists more room to breathe. More keys and more voices means more room to explore and create.”
The XL’s polyphonic step sequencer offers up to 64 steps and up to 6 notes per step and can sync to an external MIDI clock, making it an awesome tool for live use as well as composition.
On top of this, the big new Prophet has a dual effects engine, allowing you to apply two effects in each layer, with effects options including, multiple reverbs, 2 delays (standard and BBD), chorus, phase shifter, flanger, vintage rotating speaker, high-pass filter, and distortion. All of these tasty tweaks can be further modulated through the built-in mod matrix.
Sequential founder Dave Smith stated, “We designed the Prophet XL for musicians who wanted more of a good thing… By adding an extended, semi-weighted action keyboard and enabling 32-voice performance mode, we’ve made it even more satisfying to play the acoustic and electric pianos and other instruments, where increased polyphony is crucial. We’re making 32-voice mode available on the Prophet X, as well, so that all of our users will benefit.”
For more information take a look at the Sequential product page, or click here to check out a documentary on the history of the Prophet synthesiser.