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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55 Visitor comments
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.
SARIN
October 15, 2013 @ 3:00 am
I got this over the minibrute and ms20mini. I even just saw the novation bass station in a shop, and after playing around with that i'm still happy with the choice I made. All the analog goodness with modern conveniences. Get the keyboard version if u can. The desktop version seemed harder to tweak all the settings. You have to [beep] around with the LCD much more. I like the yellow, but I wish they did it the way the WASP looks ^_^ The wood is a nice touch. AND Dave Smith tech support was really really good.
thaneco
August 30, 2013 @ 8:40 am
A very versatile modern analogue synth from Dave Smith. It can make huge bass sounds, screaming leads, and complex arpeggios. If you get the desktop model make sure you buy the mopho editor from soundtower. Its easy to make sounds and very fun to play!
Jab
July 26, 2013 @ 12:03 am
I have had the desktop version for a little over one year. Sometimes it really surprises me, and sometimes I feel like I need a Moog. This all depends on my willingness to keep tinkering with it until I get something that sounds great. I must say that it is possible to really make this synth work like a horse. But it should not be the one and only synth in anyone's arsenal. For the price though, it is truly an amazing way to get into the door of the analog world. It will quickly teach you that software synths are like the walking dead.
 
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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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