When the Korg Prophecy was released in 1996, it caused quite a stir being the first digital synthesiser to use modelling techniques to create its sounds. Not only that, beneath the modest control panel, this monosynth actually offered three types of synthesis - modelled analogue, pipe and reed modellling and VPM (Korg's name for FM synthesis). As well as seven types of internal effects, it also sported a wealth of real-time controllers and so was no slouch as a performance synth - in fact, that was one of its strongest features.

Whilst monophonic, its voice architecture was impressive with two audio oscillators (with sub-octave), a noise generator, four low frequency oscilators, multi-mode resonant filters (lowpass/bandpass/highpass and notch reject) and three multi-stage envelopes.

The seven effects included distortion, wah, dual parametric EQ, chorus/flanger+delay or reverb and to round it off, there was an arpeggiator with five preset patterns and five user patterns.

However, with all this to keep track of, even the five virtual encoders below the 40 x 2 LCD didn't make programming that easy especially when you delved into the other types of synthesis on offer - this was a deep instrument to say the least. However, it sounded great and in a world awash with 'me-too' polyphonic workstations, this diminuitive synth put lead and bass lines back on the map with many comparing it with a MiniMoog in its ability to cut it in a mix.

The Prophecy (despite its rather high price of £1,200) was an instant success with the likes of The Orb, Jan Hammer, Depeche Mode, Orbital, The Prodigy, Apollo 440, Radio Head, 808 State, the Pet Shop Boys and lots more and is still a staple component in many people's rigs today.

It also has the honour of being the first in a long line of modelled synths from Nord, Novation and Access and, of course, the many software equivalents and in many respects, the Prophecy is to modelled synths what the MiniMoog was to analogue synths - a seminally influential product.

Hollow Sun friend, Roberto Puricelli, has multi-sampled and looped some sounds from his own Prophecy for exclusive use here in Nostalgia.

Of course, given the plethora of real-time control that was available on the Prophecy, these samples are just a 'snapshot' of the fluid lead and bass lines you could potentially create on the original and are arguably not an absolutely true representation but they are damned fine sounds in their own right nonetheless and I am extremely grateful to Rob for the hard work that has gone into creating and supplying them.