Lord of synths, shredder of guitars, and ace of percussion (except the bells), Protovolt mixes modern vision with 80s nostalgia into a style that’s equal parts John Carpenter and John Hughes. With influences ranging from the arcade to the silver screen to retro technology, he lends his style to film scores, artist collaborations, and cross-genre production.
We chatted with Protovolt on how he’s using the Prophet X in his music:
What made you choose the Prophet X?
“Honestly, there wasn’t much to think about once I read what it could do. A Sequential synth that combined all the best features in one. Massive sample capabilities as well as amazing oscillators that can all be blended together and routed in a seemingly infinite way. Also, 8DIO is top tier when it comes to samples. I bought it the morning it was released. No brainer.”
How are you using it?
“How am I not using it? I use it for everything. Personally, I write more 80’s style synth pop and new wave. But I write all genres for other artists as well, and it can do it all. I’ve also started scoring for films. It’s definitely a desert island synth.”
What’s one of your favorite things about it?
“When I walk into my studio and need to compose something new, the PX is the first synth I play. Its vast range of abilities allow me to create something wild and out of this world or program rich, classic sounds that everyone loves. Also, something I never read about with the PX is the amazing drum kits and sounds it has. Of course, the synth engine is great but don’t scroll past the drums. They’ll shake the building.”
What does it give you that other synths might not?
“I feel like I’m being redundant in my praise but I suppose that’s not a bad thing. It’s a synth that can do everything. Not many hardware synths can claim that. It can do everything and it does it all well.”
Any interesting Prophet X tricks or techniques you’d like to share?
“Don’t be afraid to dive in and mess with as many parameters as you can. This synth can do so much that’s not advertised. The menus are very straight forward and easy to get around. Mess around a bit you can get “Wall of Modular” sounds real fast.”
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