Sequential Prophet X Synthesizer sample import with up to 50GB of own sound content (16-bit, 48kHz) is available now as a free update!
Looking back on the Superbooth 2018, the Sequential Prophet X Hybrid Synthesizer was one of the highlights, as it not only relies on classical synthesis but also on samples, a kind of “sampler”. Pity was that the instrument doesn’t allow live sampling but only can play and manipulate onboard samples.
Just before Christmas, Dave Smith from Sequential presents the Prophet X/XL customers with a huge update that makes the whole synth much more exciting. From now on you can also load up to 50 GB of own user content (samples in 16-bit, 48 kHz) with the help of a new application from 8DIO. In my opinion, this is a huge update, which increases the sound spectrum of the Prophet X / XL significantly and more and more grows to a flag-ship hardware sampler, but unfortunately still without real-time sampling.
The Prophet X now allows users to import their own samples to create custom instruments and content. Sample import and mapping is done via an easy-to-use software application created by 8Dio, the factory sample content provider for the Prophet X. The application is available for download as a free public Beta from 8Dio’s website.
Because the Prophet X was designed to accommodate up to 50 GB of 16-bit, 48 kHz user content, custom sample import has been a highly anticipated feature of the instrument since its introduction in June of this year. The 50 GB of user sample storage, along with the 150 GB of internal factory samples make the Prophet X the most capacious of any hardware instrument supporting sample playback available today.
Sample playback is only part of the Prophet X package, however, as the instrument’s sound engine actually powers two simultaneous sample-based instruments plus two high-resolution digital oscillators, and adds a full complement of traditional synthesis tools, all processed through analog filters. Dual digital effects and a 64-step polyphonic sequencer round out the package. In standard performance mode, the instrument provides bi-timbral, 8-voice stereo, or 16-voice mono operation. 32-voice performance mode, which is a feature of the new 2.0 OS, allows paraphonic filter operation when using a single sampled instrument and oscillator.
“Letting users import their own material was an essential part of the Prophet X design from the beginning,” commented Dave Smith. “It makes what’s already our most sonically versatile instrument truly open-ended. We can’t wait to hear where musicians take it now. Things are going to get pretty wild.”
The new update for the Sequential Prophet X/XL is available now free of charge.
More information here: Sequential
Available here: Sequential Prophet X/XL