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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Polyboy
December 4, 2012 @ 11:34 pm
Great that you like it. However that guy is right, a Mopho is just an Evolver with a different UI and ignoring half of the DCO power (the digital oscillators are not used in Mopho).
twitter _GodSons
September 25, 2012 @ 3:36 am
As an owner of a Mopho I have to say it's an amazingly functional synth. The interface is great, sure SYNC is a menu step away, BUT it's a very modern sounding analogue. It can do some more subdued sounds, but they're not it's forte.

It loves to be the attention grabber.

For the guy who said you can do all the stuff a Mopho can do with an Evolver, that's totally not true. I own one as well, for me they're 2 completely different monsters. You cannot chose one over the other.
alexgator
September 12, 2012 @ 11:04 pm
I owned a Mopho and loved the way it sounded so much I sold it and bought a TETRA! 4 Mopho's in 1 box for under $800! Sounds far more sharp and aggressive compared to other analog synths on the market. The dual sub oscillators and feedback loop on this machine will wreck your guts! Great synth!
jimbo
September 6, 2012 @ 3:38 am
Got the Mopho Keyboard and it sounds fat, and more present/powerful than digital.
Johannesburg
August 15, 2012 @ 12:28 pm
I have one of these to play with and I love it! Putting it into mono mode and passing it through some guitar effects pedals I picked up for cheap really helps shape the sounds and bring out its deep, resonant character. Hope to someday have the keyboard version or a prophet in the studio space!
 
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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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