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Dave Smith Instruments is Now Called "Sequential"
Dave Smith Instruments has officially changed its name to "Sequential", celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Sequential Prophet-5 Synthesizer.
Dave Smith Instruments has officially been re-branded and will now be known as "Sequential". Gear4music customers will be able to find the complete range of former-Dave Smith Instruments' synthesizers from the Sequential product page, and (currently) the Dave Smith Instruments product page will also display all products.
A 40-Year Heritage of the Prophet-5
This name-change represents a return to the company's former brand name, on the 40th anniversary of the release of the ground-breaking Prophet-5 synthesizer.
Dave Smith Founds "Sequential Circuits"
Dave Smith founded "Sequential Circuits" in 1974. The Prophet-5, released in 1978, became the company's flagship product and was the world's first fully-programmable polyphonic synthesizer with an embedded microprocessor.
Sequential Circuits (shortened to "Sequential in the mid-80s) went on to release several ground-breaking instruments including the Pro-One monosynth, the Prophet 600 (world's first MIDI-equipped instrument), the Six Trak (first multi-timbral synth), and the Prophet VS (first instrument with digital vector synthesis).
In 1987, Yamaha acquired the Sequential brand and its assets, while Dave Smith went on to become a consultant for Yamaha and Korg; developing the Wavestation and other innovations.
The Newly-Formed Dave Smith Instruments
In 2002, Dave Smith came back to the market as an independent business and introduced the "Dave Smith Instruments" brand, focussing on hardware designs and going on to create a formidable collection of instruments including the Prophet ’08, Mopho, Tetra, Tempest drum machine, Prophet 12, Pro 2, Prophet-6, OB-6, Prophet Rev2, and the Prophet X.
In 2015, with the encouragement of Roland's founder (Ikutaro Kakehashi), Yamaha returned the Sequential name to Dave Smith in a gesture of goodwill. Now in 2018, on the 40th anniversary of the iconic Prophet-5, Dave Smith Instruments has officially re-branded itself as Sequential.
What does this mean for you?
What does this mean for Gear4music customers? Well, the new Sequential product page will include all former Dave Smith Instruments' products, along with future releases under the new Sequential brand name. So, while the name may have changed, it will still be the same people bringing you those highly-regarded synthesizers you've come to know and love. Here's to the next 40 years!
By Matt Wilkinson
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