“Hello and thanks for reading this listing for my truly beautiful 1985 Sequential Circuits Prophet 2000 sampler. I really do think this one of the best 12-bit samplers of the era due to the flexible multi-timbrality, build quality and that fantastic rich Curtis resonant filter (as used in many a classic analogue synthesizer, as I am sure you know).
This Prophet is near as damn it in PERFECT condition. Barely a mark on it. I have recently serviced it, and cleaned every key contact ensuring every velocity-sensitive key works and also does so over midi, controlling other modules as required.
The fantastic futurist membrane-buttoned panel works perfectly with every button and LED working as it should. What a great design it is. No crackles from the balance or volume potentiometers. When cleaning the unit I did take note of how easy it is to gain access – 6 screws and the lid flips up, and another 2 release the whole keyboard bed for straightforward cleaning. It’s even signed by a Sequential Circuits engineer inside the case.
Not only is it in amazing condition but this particular 2000 has a library of about 40 disks loaded onto SD Drive which is fitted into the drive bay. This frankly makes the unit far more usable and you can add more to your hearts content. Oberheims, DX7 presets, Hammond samples, Emu library sounds, Synclavier and Fairlight library sounds, even complete EMU SP12 and TR808 kits spread across multi-samples….they are all on here at your fingertips in their 12-bit glory. Truly amazing what you can do with only 256kb of RAM. You can still buy a 512kb upgrade online, but this one is as it came out of the factory and this is just how I like it. If you want to start using the sampler to double up each sample and work in stereo I would suggest investigating that upgrade – Personally I have always used it in mono mode which to my mind gives it the true sound for which it is famous. In either case you have options to expand should you wish.
Did I mention the fantastic sound of this sampler enough already? Pop it through a reverb and away you go…instant Faltermeyer, Jan Hammer, Art of Noise etc. It’s a really, really rich and evocative sound. With a half-decent sequencer and a little planning you could produce a whole track with this item.” Click here to search for synths on eBay