Softube revives the Prophet-5 with its new Model 80 synth plugin

Softube has quietly been building up quite a roster of classic synth plugins. We’ve always had emulations of Roland’s SH-101 (Model 82) and Juno-106 (Model 84) and the Minimoog (Model 72), and now the Swedish developer has paid another visit to the hall of fame and come back with the Model 80.

As with the other plugins, the number on the end of the name indicates the year that the instrument being emulated was released: in this case we’re talking 1980 and the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5.

Softube doesn’t actually namecheck the P5 in its press release, but Model 80’s design makes it pretty clear that this is where the inspiration came from. We’re assured that every detail of the synth has been carefully modelled, and all the original presets are here, too.

The Voice Mod section is also present and correct; the addition of the Invert Voice Mod button gives you some extra modulation envelopes. Other enhancements include Voice Pan Spread, quantise filter cutoff, and velocity and aftertouch modulation.

Model 80 runs on PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats. You can also use five of its modules separately in Softube’s Modular synth. The regular price will be €159, but you can currently purchase Model 80 for the introductory price of €99, and there’s a demo version, too.

Find out more on the Softube website.

Softube Model 80

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Ben Rogerson

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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