Sequential Rumored to be Preparing Release of Take 5 Synthesizer

Updated: Aug 21


Upcoming Take 5 synthesizer © Sequential

You may remember that San Francisco-based synth manufacturer Sequential, who has been busy as ever with their expanding catalog of modern variations of the iconic Prophet synthesizer, filed for a patent last May for a new synth in the works that is to be called the "Take 5".


Based at least in looks on the popular Pro-3, the Take 5 will be a 5-voice polyphonic synthesizer that will feature the Rev 4 filter from the Prophet-5.


Some of the leaked specs (Thanks to Matrix Synth) for the Take 5 are:


Oscillators Two analog VCOs per voice Continuously variable wave shape (sine, sawtooth, variable-width pulse) per oscillator Hard sync: oscillator 1 syncs to oscillator 2 Square wave sub-octave generator (oscillator 1) per voice Keyboard tracking on/off for each oscillator Front-panel FM (frequency modulation)

Mixer Oscillator 1 amount Oscillator 1 sub-octave amount Oscillator 2 amount White noise amount

Low Pass Filter Four-pole, resonant, analog low-pass filter per voice, based on Prophet 5 Rev 4 design Filter can be driven into self-oscillation with the Resonance control Bi-polar filter envelope amount

Envelopes Two 5-stage envelope generators (ADSR + delay) with variable routing (filter, amplifier, gate) Velocity modulation of each envelope amount Envelopes freely assignable to multiple modulation destinations

Low Frequency Oscillator Five wave shapes: triangle, sawtooth, reverse sawtooth, square, and random (sample and hold) Clock sync (internal or external MIDI clock) Freely assignable to multiple modulation destinations Digital Effects One dedicated reverb with damping, pre-delay, decay and tone One multi-effect with stereo delay, BBD delay, tape delay, chorus, flanger, phaser, ring mod, vintage rotating speaker, distortion, high-pass filter Dedicated Overdrive effect

Vintage Knob Recreates the characteristics of vintage synthesizers by introducing micro-fluctuations in oscillators, filter, and envelopes per voice. Aftertouch Source: channel (mono) aftertouch with bi-polar amount Aftertouch freely assignable to multiple modulation destinations

Clock Master clock with tap tempo BPM control and display MIDI clock sync

Arpeggiator Up, down, up+down, random, assign modes Syncs to MIDI clock Re-latching arpeggiation

Sequencer Polyphonic step sequencer with up to 64 steps with ties and rests

Performance Controls Full-sized, semi-weighted, 3.5-octave premium Fatar keyboard with velocity and aftertouch Spring-loaded pitch wheel with selectable range per program with independently adjustable upper and lower pitch wheel range transpose controls Low-split mode creates two independent performance zones with different octave ranges Hold switch latches held notes on Polyphonic glide (portamento) Unison (monophonic) mode with configurable voice count, from one to all five voices, and key modes Factory switch: when off, the front panel is live; what you see is what you hear

Patch Memory 128 user and 128 factory

I/O 1 MIDI In, 1 MIDI Out, and 1 MIDI Thru port USB port for bidirectional MIDI communication 1 Sustain/footswitch input 1 Expression pedal input Main stereo output (2 x 1/4″ phone jack) Headphone out (stereo 1/4″ phone jack)

Power IEC AC power inlet for internal power supply Operates worldwide on voltages between 100 and 240 volts at 50 to 60 Hz; 14 watts maximum power consumption Physical Specs Premium, 3.5-octave, semi-weighted Fatar keyboard 25″ L x 12.75″ W x 4.4″ H (63.5 cm x 32.4 cm x 11.2 cm) Weight: 17 lbs (7.7 kg)"



There is no official announcement on the Take 5 from Sequential yet, but it is expected that one will be made soon regarding pricing and date of availability. You can stay up to date with more news by following the Sequential Facebook page.

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