Gear Of The Year: Best hardware synth of 2021
‘Legend’ is a term too often thrown around, but with this synth, it’s certainly warranted.
WINNER: Sequential Prophet-10 Rev4
Given the stature of Sequential’s Prophet-5 and -10 synths, coming back with a fourth revision was a task which its creators didn’t take lightly. It’s all the more impressive then, that the Prophet-10 stays well-deserving of its status as a legendary synth over 50 years on from its introduction.
The key was in keeping things classic where it should and introducing new tricks that make sense in 2021. Two standout features we loved were a toggle switch to move the Prophet-10 between filter behaviours of older versions, a well as the Vintage dial, which meanders between the super-stable tuning of the Rev4’s oscillators to the unpredictable pitch-tracking of Revs 3, 2 and 1.
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- Korg Opsix
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