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- Fashioned after the vintage cult synths of the 80's.
- 2 oscillators per voice.
- Choice of pulse, triangle and saw-tooth waveforms.
- Oscillator detune and synchronization.
- 24dB low-pass filter with resonance and self oscillation, additional high-pass filter mode.
- ADSR envelopes for amplitude and filter, invertible filter envelope.
- Low Frequency Oscillator with numerous modulation options, LFO-envelope retrigger function.
- Theoretically unlimited number of voices (depending on CPU power).
- 512 freely programmable preset memory slots.
- 576 selected classic and modern analog sounds preprogrammed, 64 sounds by vintage-synth legend John Bowen, and 64 newly programmed presets.
- Velocity sensitivity (optional).
- Real-time MIDI control and automation of all parameters, MIDI learn.
- Two operating modes: analog warmth or digital accuracy.
- Amount of analog inaccuracies freely adjustable.
- Effects unit for chorus, flanging and echo, MIDI-syncable.
- Input for external audio signals.
- Fully compatible with Prophet™-5 MIDI-SysEx program data.
Reviewed By AnotherBob
March 28, 2004
This product is not going to give you rhythmic pads with 32 step eg’s or any type of synthesis other then subtractive, but what you get is of excellent quality. You can fill a lot of parts with Pro53 before having to consider freezing tracks. The bass is good, pads are smooth and leads can cut. It has a better oscillator sync sound than any VSTi I own. This is the sound that helped to make the real Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 an in demand product 20+ years ago. NI’s Pro53 does not stop with features available only on the original Prophet 5. They have added effects, touch response, and more.
Make no mistake, Pro53 not sound just like a real Prophet 5, and no VSTi has reached the point of sounding truly analog. Pro53 has a sound that is just a bit thinner, cleaner and edgier than the real Prophet. Even so, it sounds good and to most, it is close enough. I truly with other products could match the sound/CPU load ratio of the Pro52.
User Interface - Looks nice and is not too large.
Sound - Very good.
Features - Basic subtractive analog with oscillator sync plus effects.
Documentation - A very nice book. One of the best.
Presets - Plenty of usable sounds.
Customer Support - Good considering how many customers NI must have.
Value For The Money - A bit expensive for a basic subtractive VA but worth it for the sound quality and the low CPU requirement.
Stability - Never crashes my system.
Copy Protection - Occasional CD check.
Frequency Of Use - Most every song.
CPU Load - Very light.
Remote Patch Change - Patch increment and decrement works from my keyboard workstation, but bank change has no effect.
Fun Factor - Medium.
I would buy it again, even with all the new competition.Read more
Reviewed By Mighty_Hero
February 5, 2003
This synth is a pretty good replication of the prophet-5 synth, that was used ALOT back in the day.
the GUI makes sense if you read the manual and have some knowledge of programming, whether it be from other synths, or from reading.
The presets for the most part are great, but some sound weak, thin, and some, just plain weird (bleeps and wind type sounds).......but because of these other oddity sounds, this should show you, this synth is capable of making ALL types of sounds/instruments....from pads, to nasty leads, to a taser gun sound, sounding like it came from a toy gun.
Overall, for all the patches you get, the free update from 52/53, the additional patches around, and for the pretty damn close replication of the prophet type sounds.......it is a great value for the money....espically when considering, this is JUST the type of synth to make your own sounds with.
Not sure about the support, since I have had no problems at all registering this synth, downloading things for it, and or had any crashes. But for this, I would have to say their support is good, because I have not needed it at all.
Pro 53 has other really nice features such as the analog dial, which the more you turn it, makes this synth sound less digital and other nice options like saving patches as all files, or just single banks.......and for the fact you can make great sounds with it very quickly. Worth every penny.Read more
Reviewed By AD80
January 26, 2003
Reviewed By coldmachine
November 23, 2002
Reviewed By Rabid
June 7, 2002
This is one of the most CPU efficient VSTi's available. The great sound and low CPU make for a wonderful combination. It does not have the complex multistage eg's found in many newer synths, but it does not really need them. The pads sit well in the background, and the leads are sweet.
The one thing I don't really like about the Pro53 is the patch system. It had a huge amount of patches but there is no real organization. Any new owner needs to spend some time arranging the patches into logical banks. If will save you time in the long run.