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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March 29, 2013 @ 11:39 pm
Max: You are correct, I only realised after I had bought 2 desktops. It might be possible to run a number of the desktops as a polysynth using a Mutable Instruments Midipal, it splits the chord to send to multiple Mono synths which do not need to be the same models, it does lots of other stuff too.

It would be great to hear from somebody who has done this already before I splash out again. The MophoX4 is too costly all in one go and, like the Tetr4, it does not have any external inputs for me to run my other stuff through (great fun).

March 26, 2013 @ 12:06 pm
Just a corrrection: Mopho Desktop doesn't have teh dedicated PolyChain MIDI OUT, though it can be part of a PolyChain (but only as last "ring" of the chain, not being able to forward notes to another Mopho or Tetra)
February 18, 2013 @ 10:54 pm
Mopho and Evolver have some similarities but also enough differences to justify buying both I've owned both but sold my Evolver to help fund a bigger purchase. At some point I will be buying an Evolver again.
January 11, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Just to clear concerning my post below, I'm referring to the Mopho Keyboard.
January 11, 2013 @ 6:58 pm
IMHO, this is Dave Smith's best instrument. Compact size, audio inputs, and enough audio manipulation possibilities to last a lifetime. Sure, you could get an X4 for more polyphony but, you lose the audio input. If you've already got another favorite source for polyphonic sounds, don't pass this up for basses and leads. You won't be disappointed. I'm using this in conjunction with an Analog Four and M3 and I'm losing my mind. ;-)
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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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