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Old 31st August 2018
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DSI rebrand as Sequential

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Dave Smith Instruments Officially Becomes “Sequential”!

Dave Smith Returns to Sequential Brand to Mark 40th Anniversary of Prophet-5 Poly Synth

San Francisco, CA—August 31, 2018—In a move auspiciously timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of his legendary Prophet-5 poly synth, Dave Smith today announced that Dave Smith Instruments will rebrand itself as “Sequential” — reclaiming the mantle of Smith’s original, ground-breaking company. Going forward, all products and services will bear the Sequential® brand.

Company founder Dave Smith explained the decision: “It seems incredible, but this month marks the 40th anniversary of the Prophet-5. That’s a huge milestone. And it felt like the right time for us to completely restore the Sequential brand and bring our journey as a company full circle. The name change also reflects the fact that our instruments are the result of a team effort. It’s not just me, it’s the entire company.”

Founded by Smith in 1974 as “Sequential Circuits,” the original incarnation of the company quickly established itself as a major innovator in the then-nascent field of electronic instruments. In 1978, Sequential Circuits’ flagship keyboard, the Prophet-5, took the music world by storm as the world’s first fully-programmable polyphonic synthesizer—and the first musical instrument with an embedded microprocessor.

Numerous other ground-breaking products soon followed, including the hugely popular Pro-One monosynth, the Prophet 600 (the world’s first MIDI-equipped instrument), the Six Trak (the first multi-timbral synthesizer), and the Prophet VS (the first instrument to feature digital vector synthesis). Sequential Circuits ceased operations in 1987 and the company’s name (shortened to “Sequential” in the mid-1980s) and assets were acquired by Yamaha. Smith went on to consult for Yamaha and Korg, developing the Wavestation and other innovations.

In 2002, Smith established Dave Smith Instruments to concentrate on solo hardware designs and released the Evolver hybrid analog/digital synthesizer. The DSI product lineup steadily grew to include the Prophet ’08, Mopho, Tetra, Tempest drum machine, Prophet 12, Pro 2, Prophet-6, OB-6, Prophet Rev2, and the Prophet X.

In 2015, with the encouragement of Roland’s Founder, Ikutaro Kakehashi, Yamaha returned the Sequential name to Smith in a gesture of goodwill. “Once Kakehashi-san and Yamaha enabled us to re-acquire the Sequential name, I knew we’d fully adopt it again when the time was right. That time has arrived,” said Smith. “The best part is that we have the same sense of excitement and enthusiasm for making the world a more creative place as we did 40 years ago. Sequential is back, better than ever.”

About Sequential
Originally launched in 2002 as Dave Smith Instruments, Sequential is helmed by legendary musical instrument designer and Grammy® award winner Dave Smith. Dave’s many accomplishments include the creation of the Prophet-5 — the world’s first fully programmable polyphonic synthesizer—and his legacy as the primary driving force behind MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface).

The company’s products are used by an ever-growing roster of well-known musicians and are available from music retailers worldwide. Instruments include the Prophet-6, OB-6, Prophet Rev2, Prophet X, and the Tempest analog drum machine. Sequential is based in San Francisco, where its instruments are also manufactured. For more information, visit We are currently undergoing maintenance - Dave Smith Instruments.
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Loving my Sequential Tetras.
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DSI was such an handy acronym thought
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Dave Smith Returns to Sequential Brand to Mark 40th Anniversary of Prophet-5 Poly Synth
So the next logical step to make this anniversary complete is...a Prophet-5/10 reissue?!? I mean eventually someone had to say out loud what everyone thinks about when reading that note.

But of course - won´t happen or will it? Vco and filter chips are available again as we all know. One can dream
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So the next logical step to make this anniversary complete is...a Prophet-5/10 reissue?!? I mean eventually someone had to say out loud what everyone thinks about when reading that note.

But of course - won´t happen or will it? Vco and filter chips are available again as we all know. One can dream
Dave seems very averse to redoing the past. It would be a huge money-spinner though. It would also be an acknowledgement that the P6 isn't quite up to scratch.
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Dave seems very averse to redoing the past. It would be a huge money-spinner though. It would also be an acknowledgement that the P6 isn't quite up to scratch.
All true and exactly my thoughts.

Maybe he´d do a reissue P5/10 but 'with a twist'. Or really just bare bones P5/10 without velocity/aftertouch/fx etc. etc. for a fraction of the original costs. Just pure vintage sounding synthesis plus metal and wood, oh yeah...
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All true and exactly my thoughts.

Maybe he´d do a reissue P5/10 but 'with a twist'. Or really just bare bones P5/10 without velocity/aftertouch/fx etc. etc. for a fraction of the original costs. Just pure vintage sounding synthesis plus metal and wood, oh yeah...
Hmm, I think they'd charge top money for it. Like with Moog's Minimoog and modular reissues, they have the name and reputation.
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Whew, now I will stop confusing Dave Smith's DSI with the Nintendo DSi
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Big Briar -> Moog Music
Dave Smith Instruments -> Sequential

So when does Tom Oberheim get his name back? ;P
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The Dave Smith Instruments are now historic collectors items!
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The Dave Smith Instruments are now historic collectors items!
Whoo hoo I have one the the very first DSI Rev2's it's gonna be worth a fortune!
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Whoo hoo I have one the the very first DSI Rev2's it's gonna be worth a fortune!
Yeah, look after it...it's price is gonna go way up now...start stockpiling 'em!
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That explains why my Prophet X doesn't actually have Dave Smith Instruments written prominently anywhere on it – just the cardboard box it came in.
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Rog needs to return to the linndrum and mpc, as Rossum needs to emax and sp
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Is this a change in regards to legacy? Or just cuz.
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I will never forget buying the desktop Evolver from Novamusik when they were first released. The first time I turned it on, it blew my mind what it could do because before then, there wasn't anything like it. Even still now, but so so much more so at that time. It felt revolutionary with the sounds you could get out of it. Cool to see this all full circle.

Pro 2 and Evolver, 4 eva.
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I would buy a Prophet 5 reissue instantly.

Would be cool if it had some extras ala Moog Model D reissue like: switchable to 10 voices and velocity (filter cut off and amp) and aftertouch
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Now my Sequential Prophet '08 sounds elite af
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Yay! Wherever it says DSI, cross that out and change it to SCI!
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Makes sense. Dave isn't getting any younger either. No offense. When the day comes, the company will continue without him, and by then the Sequential name will be well established to it's former glory, or more so. None the less, I do hope Dave is with us for a long time, I'm a big fan.
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So when does Tom Oberheim get his name back? ;P
Doesn't Gibson own it? Now that they're bankrupt maybe Tom can somehow get it back.
Old 31st August 2018
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I wonder if they'll put the Sequential logo on existing products that are labeled DSI on the front (P12, Tempest, Rev2, etc.).
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I love the look of the Sequential logo. It's not quite the Oberheim "Note" Logo, but it's good.

Does this mean my non-Sequential Rev2 is now the "Signature Edition"?
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Goodbye to that mistral font logo
There’s some thread somewhere where some guy says it’s not a bad font, it’s his signature!

I’m looking forward to a $199 nameplate upgrade on my REV2!
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Why not Sequential CIRCUITS? To me sounds and looks much cooler, but then, english is not my first language, so I can miss something. To me it's like something missing. Like if Microsoft was resurrected as Micro or Texas Instruments was Texas or Led Zeppelin was called Led or...

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Like if Microsoft was resurrected as Micro or Texas Instruments was Texas or Led Zeppelin was called Led or...
Or Apple Computer was rebranded Apple? Sometimes it works.
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Or Apple Computer was rebranded Apple? Sometimes it works.
This still looks superior:


But really Apple computers... I mean computers made by Apple had one word logos on them since 1977, - you've seen full name at the back only when you set it up. And all synths and drum machines Sequential Circuits is known for were made with two/three (+inc.) word logos visible from both sides.
Doesn't help 'sequential' being adjective. Sequential... what? Like a chord waiting for resolution.

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