Hubert Eaves of "D-Train" used Prophet 5: bass, leads, strings, brass, F/X. You can recognize it after having one for awhile, plus he said this in an interview. Prophet 5 in particular was the central analog synth in NY club music for the first half of the 80s. In the studio, Eaves used the Prophet-5 as his main instrument, a keyboard that was developed by analog synth guru Dave Smith and widely used during this era. Citing Herbie Hancock as his main inspiration, Eaves emerged from the funk hotbed of Minnesota with piano skills learned from his father.
Duke Bootee : I did some tricky things – like slipping the track around and playing percussion backwards. But otherwise, I kept it simple. I was into what I call “trance music,” I didn’t want any bass-line changes. Skip was the only other player. It was the first Sugar Hill track where Skip, Doug and Keith didn’t play together. It’s DMX drum machine, me on Prophet 5 synthesiser, my percussion, Skip’s guitar. Then the vocals.
Producer – Reggie Griffin : Piano, Synthesizer [Korg, Prophet, Oberheim, Voyetra, Yamaha Dx7], Drum Programming [Dmx, Drumulator]
Kae Williams: Linn, Piano, Sax, DX-7 Rhodes, Prophet, Organ, DBX, horn, harp, synthesizer, drum machine
Producer [Assistant], Arranged By [Rhythm], Backing Vocals, Handclaps, Piano, Synthesizer [Moog, Moog Bass, Prophet] – Kashif