Dave Smith Instruments Mopho

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Dave Smith Instruments is back with another excellent and affordable analog monophonic synthesizer. The Mopho is a single voice from the mighty Prophet ’08 with the addition of one sub-oscillator per DCO. It offers a stereo output and an audio input for processing external sound through its fantastic Curtis lowpass filter. The Mopho's 2+2 oscillators, fully analog signal path, extensive modulation capabilities, and characteristic DSI lowpass filter makes big analog sound available at an astonishingly low price!

The desktop module version includes dedicated knobs (detented encoders) for pitch, volume, program selection, filter, and basic envelope controls as well as four knobs that can be assigned to any other parameters the user chooses. The interface is somewhat limited, but easy to learn and navigate. To overcome this limitation, there is a free Mac/Win software editor included, and there are a few third-party software editors available as well. Additional features include four LFOs, a gated 16-step sequencer, three ADSR envelope generators and an arpeggiator. There is also a "Push-It" button which auditions patches, can step through a sequence or function as a tap-tempo button.

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The keyboard version adds a USB interface, as well as a 32 key (2.5 octave) semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and aftertouch. With much more front panel real estate available, far more parameters are immediately accessible via 25 knobs as opposed to the desktop version's 10. Pitch Bend & Mod Wheels and classic wooden end panels are nice additions too.

Both versions include a prorietary Poly Chain socket which allows you to connect and control other Dave Smith Instruments synthesizers for expanded polyphony and a much bigger sound. This works particularly well with the Prophet '08, and the Tetra.

The Mopho is an excellent choice for anyone looking for large, aggressive analog sound combined with extreme flexibility at a very low price. It's tempting to make the Pro-One comparison, but it's much more accurate to think of the Mopho as a descendant rather than a reproduction. It shares the same spirit and function, but has a soul and personality that is all its own.

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Aidar
April 24, 2014 @ 1:56 am
I had a desktop version, but it was a hassle to use and, what's even more important, the software editor for it is [beep] ed up. I then acquired a keyboard version, and I'm ultra-happy with it. Had it for some years. Even bought a dedicated software controller from DSI, but rarely use it. Twisting knobs on the spot is definitely more fun than drawing envelopes in Ableton. Some of the music I made with this wonderful synth: https://soundcloud.com/shopengauers/be-your-fool
Paul Smith
April 21, 2014 @ 2:52 pm
Loved this so much I bought another then another and another so I have 4 altogether and I run these as a 4-voice polysynth (using Mutable Instruments Midipal) similar to the Mpho x4 but with 4 audio inputs and 8 audio out. By buying them 1 at a time I bought cheap 2nd hand so cheaper than an x4 and easier to pay for 1 at a time rather than all at once. This also saves valuable space too.

AWESOME synth with many possibilities.
sianhoward
April 21, 2014 @ 3:51 am
I had one of these for a while (keyboard version) then sold it when I 'upgraded' to a Prophet 08 rack. It is indeed an amazing little monosynth with tricks up its sleeve that most of the other new wave of mono-analog synths don't have, e.g. a stereo output. Each oscillator can be panned separately, and then when you add modulation, you get nice stereo phasing effects. 4 LFOs and 3 EGs and overdrive means it easily beats any of the old analogs monos for routing possibilities. It makes both very lush sounds and harsh ones. I never have quite been able to get such good bass sounds with my P-08.
Fewfuzz
March 5, 2014 @ 1:43 am
Mopho really sounds great and has a small price. Unfortunately I found many sounds to be best played as polyphonic wish led me to buy the more expensive Tetra.
skriptico
March 2, 2014 @ 2:34 pm
big love for the mopho, make great couple with the evolver, that despite some commenter opinion, is a _completely_ different animal.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Multitimbral - 1 part
  • Oscillators - 2 DCOs, 2 Suboscillators
  • Waveforms - sawtooth, triangle, saw/triangle, and variable pulse width square waves, with hard sync
  • LFO - 4 LFOs with triangle, saw, reverse saw, square, random
  • Filter - 24 or 12 dB/oct selectable lowpass with ADSR
  • Envelope - 1 Analog VCA; 3 ADSR Envelopes w/Delay (VCA, VCF, Assignable)
  • Effects - Feedback (routes output back into input!), Glide/portamento (keyboard version)
  • Sequencer - Gated 16-step sequencer (one sequence per program)
  • Patterns - 4x sequences per patch
  • Arpeggiator - Up, Down, Up/Down, Order Played
  • Keyboard - 32 keys w/velocity and aftertouch (keyboard version only)
  • Memory - 384 user patterns
  • Control - MIDI In, Out/Thru; USB (keyboard version only)
  • Date Produced - 2008 - Current

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