Archive for October, 2018

Sequential PROPHET XL Synthesizer


Sequential has gone large with the Prophet X and added a larger keyboard and doubled the polyphony with a new performance mode.


The Prophet XL is a 76-key version of the flagship Prophet X and features the same samples-plus-synthesis hybrid engine. Featuring a premium-quality Fatar keybed, the XL now adds a semi-weighted action, which should appeal to the performers.


In addition, the new performance mode increases polyphony to 32 voices when using a single sampled instrument and a single oscillator. In standard performance mode, the instrument provides bi-timbral, 8-voice-stereo, or 16-voice mono operation.


Dave Smith commented: “We designed the Prophet XL for musicians who wanted more of a good thing. By adding an extended, semi-weighted action keyboard and enabling 32-voice performance mode, we’ve made it even more satisfying to play the acoustic and electric pianos and other instruments where increased polyphony is crucial. We’re making 32-voice mode available on the Prophet X, as well, so that all of our users will benefit.”


Both hybrid Prophets- Prophet XL and Prophet X provide 50 GB of internal storage for importing ad-ditional samples and support for user-created sample content is still on the cards and should be arriving in December, 2018.


The Sequential Prophet XL will be available in November of 2018


Novation SL MkIII MIDI Controller


Novation 49SL MkIII, MIDI and CV Equipped Keyboard Controller with 8 Track Sequencer


Novation announces the SL MkIII MIDI controller and CV-equipped keyboard. The launched of Novation latest generation of its long-standing SL keyboard controller range, with the MkIII and it features an 8 Circuit sequences inside.


What looks to be quite the feature-rich studio centrepiece, the SL range comes with a synth-style semi-weighted keybed and light-guides. While the velocity-sensitive RGB pads have multiple functions, so you can either launch clips, use as a step sequencer, or create beats with polyphonic aftertouch. Designed to be all about sequencing, Novation has seen fit to cram in an eight-track poly-phonic sequencer, with a similar workflow to that of Circuit.


The Novation SL MkIII is positively dripping in I/O with USB; MIDI In, Out, Out 2/Thru; three pedal inputs; Analogue Clock Out; and two CV Pitch, Gate, and Mod outputs.


The new Novation SL MkIII is available in 49SL (49 keys) and 61SL (61 keys).