NAMM 2020: Sequential Pro 3 is a three-oscillator paraphonic monster synth

January 15, 2020 Off By Will Betts

NAMM 2020: Sequential has revealed a brand-new hybrid mono/paraphonic synth in the shape of the Pro 3. Described as “a worthy successor” to both the classic Pro-One and the modern Pro 2 by Sequential founder Dave Smith.

At the heart of the Pro 3 are three oscillators: two VCOs with waveshaping and a third digital wavetable oscillator. Being a paraphonic synth, this means up to three notes of polyphony for chords.

All oscillators share the same three filters: a four-pole (24 dB/oct) low-pass based on the Prophet-6 design, a ladder filter with resonance, and a state-variable two-pole (12dB/oct) OB-6 filter.

A multimode arpeggiator is joined by a 64-step, 16-track sequencer that can sync to MIDI clock audio input or CV, making it syncable to your existing hardware or software studio. It additionally has CV outputs if you want to use the sequencer to trigger other devices in your studio.

The Sequential Pro 3 standard edition

To that end, there are four CV ins and out for connecting to modular. CV outputs are fed by a powerful modulation matrix. “The CVs and deep mod matrix make it a mini modular in its own right — without all the patch cables,” says Smith.

For precise control over your sounds, there are three LFOs and fourADSR+delay envelopes. Plus, the Pro 3 provides digital effects for building bigger patches with reverb, delay and more. Getting aggressive sounds shouldn’t be a problem either with analogue distortion and tuned feedback.

The Pro 3 comes in a standard edition and a special edition. The latter – the Pro 3 SE – is the same synth but with a tilt-up control panel and walnut trim so it fits in with your other vintage synths, should you own any.

The Pro 3 is out this month and is priced at $1,599. The Pro 3 SE will be out in February for $2,099. More info from Sequential here. Read more NAMM news here.

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