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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57 Visitor comments
Alex
May 21, 2011 @ 2:52 pm
@ carl

have you ever use a pro one ? i have both here the pro one & the mopho. the mopho sounds 99 % like a pro one if you know how to use it. and in the final mix you will never hear the difference.
Benny
May 7, 2011 @ 8:03 pm
Mopho keyboard is great, I'll spend a little more time with it before I reach a final verdict but the overall impression was positive, LOTS of modulation for an analogue synth, pretty decent oscillators + 2 sub-oscillators that add extra meat to the sound, great sounding filters, nicely adjustable envelopes, and aftertouch!! The worst part about it? Its mono.. This machine could really use a Tetra to really take it beyond, its still a GREAT little mono though. :)
Jay
April 23, 2011 @ 5:55 pm
I bought the MoPho Keyboard a few weeks ago, and absolutely love it and it sounds amazing! It has the same Curtis filter as the old Sequential stuff and that can easily be heard!

From it's warm fat bass sounds to it's crisp leads... I can only praise this little synth! I'm so happy that I gave it a chance... this is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks DSI!
carl
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.
 
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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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