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Old 10th July 2018
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Originally Posted by jabar View Post
The notion of ‘best’ is invalid. If someone wants the Prophet 5 sound, getting the original is the simplest way without concerning oneself with digital emulation or recreating the nuances on a similar-enough modern analog.
simplest? i doubt that. apart from the logistics of tracking down a decent example, it could have faulty voices, a lot of noise etc.

two prophet 5's (which are decades old by now) could sound very different from each other, for a multitude of reasons. one might have the magic you are looking for (which is just an ideal in your head). both might - even if they sound different. but none of them might. then you are landed with something physically imposing and expensive to ship.

at least an emulation will offer sonically what most people think of as that synth's trademark character. and as an instant download, for 100 bucks. i can't see how sourcing a fragile original, possibly from a different country, is the simplest way forward.