Dave Smith

Dave Smith Instruments Rebrands

In a move that coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Prophet-5 poly synth, Dave Smith Instruments has announced it will rebrand itself as "Sequential" — the company's original name.

"It seems incredible, but this month marks the 40th anniversary of the Prophet-5," said Dave Smith, company founder. "That's a huge milestone. And it felt like the right time for us to completely restore the Sequential brand and bring our journey as a company full circle. The name change also reflects the fact that our instruments are the result of a team effort. It's not just me, it's the entire company."

Founded by Smith in 1974 as "Sequential Circuits," the company quickly established itself as a major innovator in the then-nascent field of electronic instruments. In 1978, Sequential Circuits' flagship keyboard, the Prophet-5, was the first fully programmable polyphonic synthesizer — and the first musical instrument with an embedded microprocessor.

Sequential Circuits ceased operations in 1987, and the company's name — shortened to "Sequential" in the mid-1980s — and assets were acquired by Yamaha. Smith went on to consult for Yamaha and Korg, developing the Wavestation and other products.

In 2002, Smith established Dave Smith Instruments to concentrate on solo hardware designs and released the Evolver hybrid analog/digital synthesizer. The DSI product lineup grew to include 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 Smith as a gesture of goodwill.

"Once Kakehashi-san and Yamaha enabled us to reacquire the Sequential name, I knew we'd fully adopt it again when the time was right," Smith said. "That time has arrived. The best part is that we have the same sense of excitement and enthusiasm for making the world a more creative place as we did 40 years ago. Sequential is back, better than ever."