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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59 Visitor comments
March 29, 2011 @ 10:52 pm
Very impressive and highly affordable monophonic synth . Aggressive and brassy sound
2 OSC , 2 subs , 4 lfo's , 3 env , audio in ,4 x 16 step seq , super flexible for analog and especially for a mono .
If you are new to analog , on a tight budget , or just love mono's it's a no brainer !
jared Hahn
March 27, 2011 @ 2:23 am
This aggressive DCO beast is the bomb!, but if you start getting clicky sound with your original sound, lower ENV to AMP to about 99/127. I'ts got a great sound, but I'm not as big a fan of the triangle-core oscs, as I prefer sawtooth core oscs, but they still sound cool :)
March 25, 2011 @ 11:22 pm
Just got the Keyboard version recently. It is a beautiful looking, sounding, and feeling synth. Ugly DSI knobs and buttons gone yeah! Weak I/O switch, wallwart power adapter, one note poly aka mono, love monos, if don't know mono don't get mono. Sequencer bit misrepresented, not entirely, its more individually, assignable, stepped LFOs rather than a programmable arp. Routable, not to everything tho, not sure keys are pitching it for vocoding, but still doing some interesting filter and amp modulation. Wishin for an HPF too. Otherwise, a really bad arse machine.
March 25, 2011 @ 7:00 pm
I bought one of the desktop models about a year ago. I quickly fell in love with it. For a while, it was my main synth for basslines until I got my Doepfer MS-404. I have yet to really find a sound I can't make with this thing. The crazy modulation possibilities make for a lot of great sound effects while the incredibly large sounding DCOs make for a great bass or lead sound. The fact that the left output is hardwired back into the audio input for a feedback loop is awesome because you can come up with some wonderfully insane distortion effects. Simply put: I love this synth.
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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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