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
February 17, 2012 @ 6:11 am
You have to give Dave Smith credit for bringing out a proper analog synth of this quality for the price.. if you can afford it then go for the keyboard version.
Support people making amazing, affordable analog synths not people who just want to make a killing on Ebay selling older synths at inflated prices. It maybe doesn't have quite the rawness of older analog's but has its own strengths and sounds to find.

The square wave for instance can get very close to that classic Roland sound.
I prefer this to the Evolver but both are first rate.
Rik Marston
February 3, 2012 @ 7:59 pm
I love my MOPHO, it's AWESOME! Presets are the thing that almost lost me. I don't use them, but trying to show this little box off didn't impress some. Lots of useless ones! But when I tweaked & made my own sounds..THIS THING IS STELLAR! The release can go on into infinity!! I love this synth sooooo much! I recommend this synth, but the videos & audio demos [beep] online. Try one yourself, play it for yourself--you will see... ! :)
January 12, 2012 @ 12:18 am
Really considered one of these before picking up a Moog LP. Sounds fat as can be, but the only thing that put me off of it is the filter resolution is only about 167 points vs. the Moog's 4,095 point knobs (and cv in.) Played with a friends Mopho and really loved the sound. USB midi makes things way easier as well.
December 28, 2011 @ 10:26 pm
True, this yellow brick is not for heads who looking for classic old skool sonic. But it's best to keep one in the collection cuz it will become modern classic machine. I just got one 2nd hand, & I'm now learning to like it.
Ps I didn't try this much to like my slim phatty tho'.
November 22, 2011 @ 6:51 am
Unbelievable price for a very good synth, very versatile when compared to my Slim Phatty. Don't get me wrong both great synths, Phatty is a very simple machine. If you want to go deeper into programming the Mopho wins. Overall sound? Phatty a tad more sophisticated. Design - forget it Mopho! Mopho looks a little like the kids learn electronics kit I bought my nephew for Xmas! Although if it keeps the prices down...
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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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