Sequential’s new desktop Prophet-5 synth sounds just as “ballsy” as the keyboard version, but is smaller and cheaper

Sequential Prophet-5 and 10 desktop
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GEAR 2021: Sequential has unveiled desktop versions of its new Prophet-5/10 synths, which arrived in keyboard formats in 2020.

This move could easily have been predicted, as Sequential frequently releases more compact editions of its synths. Aside from the lack of keyboards, it seems that the instruments are pretty much the same.

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“Our introduction of the Prophet-5 and Prophet-10 Rev 4 keyboards has been hugely successful. At the same time, a lot of people have been asking us for an easy way to fit them into a smaller studio space or into a touring rig,” said Sequential founder and original Prophet-5 designer Dave Smith.

“It was an easy decision to create a desktop module to fill that need. The great thing is, we managed to fit the same big, ballsy sound of the full Prophet-5 into a desktop model. It sounds every bit as awesome.”

The good news is that, despite having all the sonic grunt of their keyboard counterparts, the new modules - which come in steel cases and have hand-oiled sustainable black walnut heartwood trims - cost significantly less. The Prophet-5 desktop is $2,499 (compared to $3,499 for the keyboard) and the Prophet-10 desktop is $3,299 (the keyboard is $4,299).

Find out more on the Sequential website.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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