This concept was refined into the far more stylish
'Pro-Soloist' (top left).
The Pro-Soloist was a single oscillator, monophonic synth and so
had limited creative possibilities compared with the Odyssey and
the MiniMoog. However, it was a popular synth for live work (as
you can imagine with those instant presets) and found favour with
a wide range of keyboard players that included Herbie Hancock, Billy
Preston, The Enid (who used the Pro-Soloist to great effect in their
synthesised orchestrations), Vangelis and also Tony Banks of Genesis
who first introduced the synth to the band on the album 'Selling
England By The Pound'... in fact, you can begin to understand the
appeal of the Pro-Soloist when you listen to the lengthy keyboard
solo in 'The Cinema Show' where Banks flicks from preset to preset
- such a performance would have been impossible on any other synth
of the time, especially live. The Pro-Soloist remained a mainstay
of the Genesis sound for many years despite Banks acquiring an ARP
2600 and a host of other synths.
ARP subsequently upgraded the Pro-Soloist concept with the Pro-DGX
and the Pro-DGXII but these were simply variations on the the original
theme (and many claim that they didn't sound as good due to revisions
in the filter circuitry).
Samples donated by 'Stephan from Holland'.