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Korg Prophecy
audio demoCountry: Japan
Weight: 5,7 Kg
Dimensions: 740 (w) x 280 (h) x 100 (d) mm
audio demo trend price : 250€
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Korg Prophecy
Solo Synthesizer (1995)

 

 

A complex machine with virtually infinite sounds based on MOSS technology: a mix of virtual analog and acoustic emulation.

solo synthesizer
algorithm

info KEYBOARD 37 velocity keys with aftertouch.
The main panel features a 40 X2 lines display, 7 knobs and 40 push buttons. In addition 5 assignable knobs for real-time parameters, 2 wheels for pitch bending and modulation with an extra special 3-axis wheel with ribbon control.


Back panel terminal connectors:
- card slot for memory card
- stereo out
- Midi interface
- input for special EC-5 external controller
- footswitch input.



 

edit TECH CPU UPD-70433GD manages 1 voice based MOSS Multi Oscillator Synthesis System - MOSS synthesis is complicated but offers great sonic possibilities aimed to emulate modelled acoustic brass and reed instruments.

STRUCTURE
: a patch is created by a layer of 4 elements:
- MOSS digital oscillator 1
- MOSS digital oscillator 2
- digital white noise
- suboscillator 4 shapes: sine, square, saw and triangle.


multi mode

 

waves OSCILLATOR each digital MOSS oscillator features:
pot1 5 Virtual Acoustic sound generations
multi mode Special APM generates 3 sub-models.
The sound generators that can be chained in pair following 12 different algorithms models.
TECH: *Acoustic physical modeling APM cannot use combinations for DSP limit.

Alg. OSC1 OSC2
1 Standard OSC Standard OSC
2 Standard OSC Comb Filter OSC
3 Standard OSC VPM OSC
4 Standard OSC Modulation OSC
5 Comb Filter OSC Comb Filter OSC
6 Comb Filter OSC VPM OSC
7 Comb Filter OSC Modulation OSC
8 VPM OSC VPM OSC
9 VPM OSC Modulation OSC
10 APM Brass OSCĀ  *
11 APM Reed OSCĀ  *
12 APM Pluck OSC *



VA SOUND GENERATORS BRIEF DESCRIPTION:


pot1 Standard Osc is a virtual analog emulation of traditional analog synthesis based on DSP basic waveforms: sawtooth, triangle and rectangular with variable width.

pot1 Comb filter Osc is a comb generated filter, feedback loop with lowpass filter that extracts harmonics contents out of a white noise. Comb filter generates some metallic and eerie sounds.

pot1 VPM frequency modulation based on simple 2OP Operators structure modulated by waveshaping process: a waveform amplitude distortion that alters the harmonic spectrum contents, previously implemented on older KORG 01W synthesizer.

pot1 Modulation Osc is a classic modulation processor able to create ring modulator, frequency sync and crossmodulation between oscillators.

pot1 Acoustic physical modeling (APM) acoustic instruments physical recreation characteristics like air pressure into reed or brass instruments with variable sound articulations and expressions controls.
This physical modeling generates 3 submodels: apm pluck, apm reed and apm brass:

multi mode APM Pluck Osc an ihnarmonic generation of plucked waves like guitar of bass models. Typical parameters: pluck attack intensity based on finger to plectrum, bridge simulation with variable inharmonic contents.

multi mode APM Reed model emulates reed instruments characteristics like air pressure, noise and modulation or breath. There are 13 reed templates ready to go including oboe, sax and recorder.

multi mode APM Brass model offers 3 main parameters definitions:
- Pressure defines the breath strength
- Lip Simulates the lips tension on the instruments changing the sound colors.
- Bell attenuate the tone signal like muted brass instruments.



not EDIT INTERFACE: some real-time tweaks but MANY functions in MANY sub-menus:


korg prophecy


edit CARD EXPANSION some different models were available, but they are basically plain sysex you can find on the net, we will soon share the file (DOWNLOAD) as these cards are no more available on the market.

Model Title Pic Download
KORG PHC-11 "Analogue & Vintage " n/a n/a
KORG PHC-12 "Modern Models" korg phc12 n/a

 



lfo LFO
up to 4 delayed digital modulators, frequency range from 0 to 60 Hz also syncable to external Midi clock like sequencer or drum machines. A vast array of 26 shapes with variable phase offset.


LFO




adsr ENVELOPE
up to 6 EGs, 4-segments structure + 5 time levels:
- EG 1 is routed to amplitude
- EG 2 is routed to pitch
- EG 3-4-5-6 are freely assignable to quite any parameters
The Prophecy response also features 8 dynamic curves.


EG



filter FILTER features 2 identical filters at -12d/B octave combined in both serial or parallel way.
Each filter can be set to a 1 of 3 filter modes:
- lowpass
- highpass
- bandpass and reject.


filter

fx EFFECT DSP generates 7 models: distortion, wah, EQ, chorus, flanger, delay and reverb.





edit ARPEGGIATOR 5 preset patterns, adjustable velocity and gate length and 3 directions: up, down and random. Both arpeggiator and LFO can be synched to external Midi clock, but it is reported that earlier Prophecy operating systems OS have some tempo issues.
Last eprom sets (2) are OS #20.





memroy MEMORY;

- 128 editable memory patches
- 1 custom arpeggio slot
- 64 others on S-Ram card model Korg SCR-512.
Factory patches are stored in ROM for immediate recall, check out the procedure described in the right column.
BATTERY REPLACEMENT: a cr2032 3V in a battery holder, quite easy.

battery replacement


memroy CUSTOM
the Prophecy seems to be widely used in eastern Europe countries (the amza) and Balkans, appreciated for matching some typical music with different scales interval tones.
Below custom model with :


custom2 prophecy arabic
touch keyboard by Ken Mc Beth funny accordion keys

 

 

memroy PROPHECY EDITORS:
- Soundquest (PC/MAC commercial) PIC
- Progenie (old PC OS , commercial) PIC
- Prophy (Atari ST / Falcon, FREE) PIC
- CTRLR panel (open source, FREE) pic below


custom prophecy accordion version

family RELATED FAMILY:

korg z1

Z1 polyphonic brother with more APM modeling models, enhanced analog emulation with progressive waveforms. The big polyphonic brother totally obscured the Prophecy.

KORG SOLO-TRI board

SOLO-TRI board optional adds MOSS synthesis to Trinity keyboards.


 

 

effet VST PLUGIN / SAMPLED VERSION no official Korg plugin, however some physical modeling synthesis plugin VST are availabe- some free and commercial samples set:

  name price demo
free sample pack rhythm lab 35 MB free sample pack
n/a



demoAUDIO DEMO

demo factory song with flute, moog
demo digeridoo
demo flangered
demo padlayer
demo various electronic sounds
demo full prophecy track + loops kindly sent by Federico Pasiecznik- thanks!
demo full prophecy track + loops kindly sent by Federico Pasiecznik- thanks!
demo please do send some of your Prophecy audio clips :)



 

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Korg Prophecy Product Overview Korg prophecy Korg prophecy  patches KORG PROPHECY DEMO
Product Overview patches DEMO

 

Company: Korg
Model: Prophecy
Class: synthesizer
Keyboard: 37 keys
Dates: 1995
Price: 250€
Synthesis: virtual acoustic
Algorithms: 12
Polyphony: 1 voice
Oscillators: 2
Filter: 2 X LPF / HPF / BPF
LFO: 4

Effect: 7
Demo: 7

 


manual
MANUAL


manual
SERVICE MANUAL

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PROPHECY FACTORY reset

Go to "GLOBAL" screen 19 then press "ENTER".
Patches should reset also.

 

edit

PROPHECY OS DOWLOAD
(firmware update - A very NICE gift from Edward dtech.lv (website)

manual
-TMS 27C240-10 + TMS 27C210A-10 OS DUMP package V1.6 + V2.0

 

manual
-More demo
-FREE samples collection

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW " Moody solos at your fingertip! Not as good as Yamaha VL for breath emulation, also Prophecy lacks a decent breath control. If you prefer chords and pads check out the Korg Z1 model instead"

manual manual
- Performance control -Hard to tame
MOSS sound
-display
-now affordable - No good breath controls

 

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Korg prophecy 3 out of 5 based on 58 ratings. price €200