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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breand
July 25, 2011 @ 5:31 pm
Brilliant, absolutely amazing. I own the keyboard version and it truly is a great piece of kit. The sound is huge, warm and versatile. Sure it's a monosynth, but so what? It's priced accordingly and it's that limitation that gives it its own character and makes you explore the sound more. Anyway, it sounds truly massive and is bursting with features and modulation options. A lovely keyboard with aftertouch, tasty wooden ends, analogue power, and bright yellow! What's not to love?
Eivind
July 5, 2011 @ 10:28 am
I have the desktop version, and find it a bit awkward to program. It’s partially due to few knobs, but programming is much easier, actually pure fun, on my microKorg which has even fewer knobs. You actually have to prepare the patches before jamming in the studio, while you can build them during the jam with the microKorg.

But when it comes to sound, the microKorg isn’t even close. This little box sounds huge, and the filter is lovely. It does not sound very vintage, but it certainly sounds analogue. The sound more than makes up for the awkward programming, and it’s cheap!
alan elson
July 3, 2011 @ 11:34 am
Simply amazing little monsynth. As a relative newcomer to subtractive synthesis, this little yellow wonder has it all. Very easy navigation of all parameters, intuitive design, and superb sounding. Nearly HALF the price of Moog's Little Phatty, which itself is a great piece of gear, and yet the MoPho is capable of so much more. The 16x4 sequencer alone makes it stand out, but add to that 4 LFO's, and nearly limitless modulation options- then add a Tetra module and you have an excellent 5 voice polysynth and still around the price of the Moog. Total WIN.
Benny
June 23, 2011 @ 4:09 pm
There is every reason to buy a Mopho, even if you happen to own a Pro-One, they might sound similar in certain aspects but Mopho is more of a spiritual successor than a replacement for an aging vintage classic, but who cares.. Mopho ITSELF is an incredible synth with plenty of versatility, wether it be spaceous drones, ripping leads or wallrumbling basses, thin sound!? Don't embarass yourselves.. This is a proper full-on analogue monosynth with lots of balls and grit, keyboard version HIGHLY recommended, not only do you get a great keyboard and knobs, it'll make a sweet poly paired with Tetra!
carl
May 25, 2011 @ 4:48 pm
@alex
Why did you buy a mopho if you have the pro-one?????LOL
 
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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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