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
April 21, 2011 @ 7:45 pm
For those who still wonder: the mopho doesn't sound anywhere near a pro one or any other vintage synth. I'm sorry to have to say that vintage synths sound warmer and
harmonically richer than the much too accurate and thin sounding mopho.
I own a korg polysix, which is not as versatile but much more interesting to me
because of it's magic and fluid sound.The mopho is worth its price, nothing less, nothing more.to me it sounds just a tiny little better than a softsynth
Versatility means nothing if the thing doesn't sound right.
Chris Walsh
April 13, 2011 @ 12:35 pm
Absolute beast! After trying to decide what synth to get next I thought it would be regrettable when I sold it and got a Tetra just because it would sound too similar and I wanted something new... No. DSI are doing some amazing things and I suggest if you love it a ton get the stackable 4 voice big brother Tetra! Hereing chords of my favorite Mopho patches coulda brought tears to my eyes the first day, and Unison mode makes it fatter than John Candy. If you can't afford that, Mopho is fantastic though.
April 13, 2011 @ 9:56 am
@ jay. In listen to Youtube videos of both the Pro-One, and as an owner of the Mopho, I have to say there are many similarities. In fact, on the circuit-board of the Mopho is printed "Pro-One II".
April 9, 2011 @ 8:13 am
I love the sound of the Pro-One but they are almost impossible to find! So since Dave Smith also made that one... do the two synths sound alike or at least have some similarities?
April 6, 2011 @ 7:58 am
I've bought Mopho more than a year ago and still happy - I'm reaaly in love with this synth. It sounds simply awesome - rich, fat sound, full of harminics. Oh, he's just well by it's self, but if you pass it thru some effects it will blow your mind and you'll start to worship Mopho. Definitely, it worth every cent.
The other side of Mopho - it's cheap and made of cheap components. Pots are bad, I had to replace most of them in less than a 6 month. Not so great design. But I must say - it's pretty convenient: 8 controls are enough to edit sound rigth on the stage.
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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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