Dave Smith Instruments rebrands as Sequential

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  • The name change comes after Yamaha returned the rights to the Sequential brand in 2015.
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  • Dave Smith Instruments is now Sequential. Dave Smith originally founded Sequential Circuits in 1974, which shot to prominence four years later with the release of the Prophet-5, the world's first fully programmable polyphonic synthesiser and the first to contain a microprocessor. After shortening the name to Sequential in the mid-'80s, Yamaha acquired the rights to the brand in 1987. The return to the Sequential name arrives on the 40th anniversary of the Prophet-5's release. Yamaha returned the rights to the name to Smith at the urging of Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi in 2015. "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. "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." Sequential released other groundbreaking synths in the '80s; the Prophet VS launched digital vector synthesis, and the Prophet 600 was the first synth equipped with MIDI. Smith's namesake company, launched in 2002, offered a slew of popular products such as the Tempest drum machine, Prophet '08 poly-synth, Evolver, Mopho and more. The most recent release is the Prophet X.