Originally Posted by Don Solaris
Partial alternative is a combo of: Microwave I, SQ-80 and Wavestation A/D. In fact you can buy all for the price of VS and still keep a lot in your wallet.
Yes the Prophet VS has magic. And if you're after that specific sound, then let's not fool ourselves, there's no alternative. Best would be to try one.
Yes, I owned a Microwave XT, ESQ-1 and a Wavestation before I bought my VS. I could almost get the crunch/filter sound out of the ESQ, but it's rather static and has no unison stacking. I could get the movement and complex waves out of the Wavestation, but it lacked the crunch and the filter. I could get the crunch and movement out of the Microwave, but the awesome digital filter on the XT is no match for the real thing.
After I got the VS I sold the Wavestation and the ESQ. Kept the XT.
My old DX7 IIFD can be very "VS like" when it comes to the harsh waves.