Dave Smith Mopho x4 vs. Studiologic Sledge

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Dave Smith Mopho x4 vs. Studiologic Sledge

Postby keys81 » Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:07 pm

I'm a fairly experienced keyboard player but new the synth world. I'm looking for something for live performance, polyphonic, warm, with tweakability without too much menu navigation in a live context. Around $1500 or less. I've been eyeing both the Dave Smith Mopho X4 and the studiologic sledge but don't live anywhere I can get my hands on either to try them. I've long been a fan of this sound from multimoog:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=lC2zkkBIlmg#t=212s

Wondering if people have thoughts on how these two stack up against one another. I've heard the mopho is a bit edgy and crisp, but is the sledge worth the price difference? Intended genre is funk/soul to be used alongside hammond organ and electric piano. Which would get me closer to the sound above? Thanks, and happy to hear of other contenders if you think neither of these two fits the bill.
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Re: Dave Smith Mopho x4 vs. Studiologic Sledge

Postby madmarkmagee » Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:52 am

Youtube. Best way to get a rough and crude idea of how synths sound is to spend some time looking for videos were they are played.

I have a tetra. It's pretty much the same synth as the mopho x4 except it has some different features, no keyboard and no where near as many knobs.

Sounds kind of refined and brassy.
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Re: Dave Smith Mopho x4 vs. Studiologic Sledge

Postby Rick N Boogie » Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:47 pm

MoPho is analog, Sledge is a digital Waldorf engine, related to Blofeld. Tough choice, as both are capable and sound great. I have a Blofeld, and it's got much more polyphony if that matters to you, but I've also owned MoPho, and really love that synth too. If you're looking for a more "Moog" type of sound, I'd go MoPho.
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Re: Dave Smith Mopho x4 vs. Studiologic Sledge

Postby Z » Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:32 pm

Wavetable synths are awesome, but I certainly don't think of "funk & soul" when I think of wavetable synths. If funk is what you're after, then the Mopho x4 is probably what you need.
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Re: Dave Smith Mopho x4 vs. Studiologic Sledge

Postby keys81 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:54 pm

Thanks for feedback! Any opinion of which of these two gets closer to the sound I linked in the original post. That is the #1 target for me. Both sound great on youtube but hard to know how close either could get to dialing in that tone without having my hands on them.

Beyond this tone, the rest of the sounds I am aiming for are similar to whats found on stevie wonder, herbie hancock, and jamiriqoui records. Not the bass parts, but the leads.

Blofeld sounds great but as an entry point to synthesizers I'm hoping to have lots of knobs in front of my face to get used to the workflow. Thanks again!
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Re: Dave Smith Mopho x4 vs. Studiologic Sledge

Postby Z » Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:35 pm

Definitely any DSI synths over digital wavetable synths. But I sure do love me some PPG, just not in funk.
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Re: Dave Smith Mopho x4 vs. Studiologic Sledge

Postby meatballfulton » Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:00 am

Tough call...DSI is real analog but not a Moog, Sledge is digital and not a Moog.

I'd say DSI will get closer but the Moog filter sound is very recognizable and nothing else really nails it but another Moog.
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Re: Dave Smith Mopho x4 vs. Studiologic Sledge

Postby Rick N Boogie » Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:41 am

A Moog Little Phatty, or the new Sub Phatty is what you may be looking for.
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Re: Dave Smith Mopho x4 vs. Studiologic Sledge

Postby maindeglorie » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:00 am

X4 all the way for what music you jam - definitely. I've watched Bernie Worrell play DSI pieces many times and did his thing with them. You won't be disappointed. You can get those nice polyphonic stabs that he did with the Talking Heads with it too.
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Re: Dave Smith Mopho x4 vs. Studiologic Sledge

Postby keys81 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:10 pm

Rick N Boogie wrote:A Moog Little Phatty, or the new Sub Phatty is what you may be looking for.


Thanks - you mean that the little phatty would get me closer to the sound in that link than either the mopho or sledge? If so, I would probably give up the polyphony if I could replicate that tone more faithfully.
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Re: Dave Smith Mopho x4 vs. Studiologic Sledge

Postby lazerface » Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:37 pm

since you're a live player, i'd go the Mopho because it has aftertouch. The Sledge doesnt.
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Re: Dave Smith Mopho x4 vs. Studiologic Sledge

Postby madmarkmagee » Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:20 pm

lazerface wrote:since you're a live player, i'd go the Mopho because it has aftertouch. The Sledge doesnt.


I think the sledge has after touch too.
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Re: Dave Smith Mopho x4 vs. Studiologic Sledge

Postby Jabberwalky » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:47 pm

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Re: Dave Smith Mopho x4 vs. Studiologic Sledge

Postby natrixgli » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:08 pm

I'm gonna go with the dissenting opinion and say the Sledge would probably be better for the type of music you're after.

I can see it's bell tones and and cool percussive stuff that you can't get with analog being far less limiting. Plus I have a blofeld and it will do convincing enough analog-ish sounds as well.

I would immediately remove the case and paint it black though. Yuck!
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Re: Dave Smith Mopho x4 vs. Studiologic Sledge

Postby Polarelch » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:50 am

Honestly.. the Sledge.

It's not analog, but it's a LOT of fun to play, and I'd say for beginners, it has the by far better interface than the Mopho.
I myself have to choose my next poly synth soon, and the Sledge is on my list, the Mopho x4 isn't. I love my Mopho Keyboard (the mono version), but maybe it's because I love yellow synthesizers more than black ones :?
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