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Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard Synth  

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Overview
  • Affordable, fully programmable mono synth with a 100% analog signal path
  • Two oscillators capable of producing sawtooth, triangle, saw/triangle, and variable pulse width square waves, with hard sync
  • One classic Curtis low-pass filter (switchable 2- or 4-pole) with audio rate modulation, self-oscillating in 4-pole mode
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The Mopho Keyboard delivers renowned Dave Smith Instruments' sound in an ultra-portable, feature-rich performance synth.

The Mopho Keyboard is a compact, affordable, and powerful monophonic analog synthesizer. The voice architecture is similar to a single voice of Dave Smith Instruments' Prophet '08, but with a couple of twists to distinguish it from its award-winning sibling. Dave Smith Instruments has added two sub-octave generators (one per oscillator) for additional girth and crushing basses. It also has an audio input that lets you process external audio and mix Mopho's own audio output back in pre-filter for feedback effects that can range from subtle distortion to extreme skronk. It features the same semi-weighted keyboard action as Dave Smith Instruments' Prophet.

The Mopho Keyboard is an affordable, full-featured mono synth with a 100% analog audio path. The Mopho Keyboard features 32 full-sized, semi-weighted keys with velocity and aftertouch in a package about the same size as most 25-note controller keyboards. Choose from its 384 preset sounds or craft your own sounds with 25 soft-touch knobs and 20 switches.

The Mopho Keyboard features 2 oscillators, 2 sub-octave generators, a classic Curtis low-pass filter (2- or 4-pole), 3 five-stage envelope generators with ADSR (Attack Decay Sustain Release) plus delay, 4 LFOs (low-frequency oscillators), and real analog VCAs (voltage-controlled amplifiers). In addition, it also includes an arpeggiator, a gated 16 x 4 step sequencer (with 1 sequence per program), feedback, the ability to process external audio, and an extensive modulation matrix. Hit the Tap Tempo button to beat match or sync the arpeggiator, sequencer, and match LFOs to MIDI clock.

The Mopho Keyboard is fully programmable and all the parameters are logically arranged for easy access on the front panel. A free editor is also available for Mac OS and Windows to facilitate programming.

You can integrate and automate the Mopho Keyboard with your computer and other hardware using standard MIDI jacks or with a direct USB connection. The eagle-eyed musician may find it odd that a monophonic synth has a unison on/off parameter, but when paired with a Dave Smith Instruments' Tetra (sold separately), the Mopho Keyboard makes an incredibly compact, extremely powerful five-voice poly synth. So for a ridiculously compact analog poly synth, use the Poly Chain output along with the Dave Smith Instruments' Tetra (sold separately) to expand the Mopho Keyboard's polyphony.

Features
  • Affordable, fully programmable mono synth with a 100% analog signal path
  • Two oscillators capable of producing sawtooth, triangle, saw/triangle, and variable pulse width square waves, with hard sync
  • One classic Curtis low-pass filter (switchable 2- or 4-pole) with audio rate modulation, self-oscillating in 4-pole mode
  • Analog VCAs
  • Three envelope generators (ADSR plus delay)
  • Two sub-octave generators (one octave down and two octaves down)
  • Feedback loop with programmable level and gain
  • White noise generator
  • 4 LFOs
  • Gated 16 x 4 step sequencer (one sequence per program)
  • Arpeggiator
  • Glide (portamento): separate rates per oscillator
  • 32-note (F to C) semi-weighted keyboard action with velocity and aftertouch
  • Spring-loaded pitch wheel
  • Fully programmable with three banks of 128 programs (384 total)
  • Full-sized keys with velocity and aftertouch
  • USB connectivity
  • Free downloadable software editor for Mac OS and Windows
  • Real analog sound
  • Immediate, hands-on control of all aspects of its sound and performance
  • Extremely compact yet has full-sized keys and wheels
  • Couples well with Dave Smith Instruments' Tetra (sold separately) for expanded polyphony
  • Dimensions: 3.6" H x 18.65" W x 11.1" D
  • Weight: 9.4 lb.
  • Ins and outs:
  • USB, type B receptacle
  • MIDI in, out/thru, and poly chain
  • Audio input: 1/4" unbalanced
  • Left and right audio outputs: 1/4" unbalanced
  • Sustain pedal input
  • Expression pedal/control voltage (3.3 VDC max.) input
  • Headphone output: 1/4" stereo phone jack

Get the same voice architecture and specs of DSI's Mopho Desktop Synth but with additional enhancements when you order the Mopho Keyboard today.

 
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Dave Smith InstrumentsMopho Keyboard Synth
 
4.7

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3.0

Sent it back (got a Tetra)

By drips

from NYC

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Pros

  • All-in-one Synth Solution
  • Portable
  • Sounds Great

Cons

  • Iffy Keys Knobs

Best Uses

    Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard Synth:

    I loved the insides of this thing, but not the external hands-on bits. I had three keys that behaved poorly and a few knobs (digital encoders) that did the same. I probably just got a lemon, but I was put off by the fact that the things I touched were kinda lame.

    But… the sound and controlliness was so great I had to get another DSI synth. Wound up swapping for a Tetra (MF was great about this) and I love that little box. YMMV (probably will) because the key issue doesn't appear common, so if you want a cool mono synth the Mopho Keyboard may just be the ticket. If you own another MIDI keyboard you like and don't need portability, I'd say check out the Tetra for more voices (but less knobs) at a similar price. The editor helps a lot with less knobs and you get all the goodness of 4 Mopho voices.

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    5.0

    Kicks Butt!

    By Paul McCann

    from Ohio

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Lots of knobs
    • Portable
    • Pre-programmed music
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys
    • Unbelievable sounds
    • Usb

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Electronic Music
      • MIDI
      • Travel

      Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard Synth:

      I compared this with the other affordable analog on the market, Moog Little Phatty, and this just offered so much more bang for your buck. This has more features than the Moog, at $300 less! As soon as got it home I plugged it into my guitar amp and was stunned at how amazing it sounds. I then bought a good keyboard amp and I am now beyond hooked. True analog, this is the real deal!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This is EXACTLY what I needed!

      By poorness

      from Omaha, NE

      Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard Synth:

      I have been in the market for a monophonic analog synth (to replace my Micron) for some time. It seemed the only choices were the Moog Little Phatty, and the DSI Evolver. While I think both of these are excellent synths, I thought the Moog was a bit overpriced compared to other synths in the same price range. Likewise, I thought the Evolver was a fantastic value, but I found the interface to be a bit clunky compared to the Moog. Then... along came the Mopho... at first, I dismissed it because it did not have 37 keys... then I played one. I was immediately smitten. So much so, that I bought it on the spot. I don't regret it at all!
      This tiny little board is loaded with features! The sound of it is pure analog goodness! The sub oscillators sound great, the action is smooth, the presets are fantastic, I love the layout of the controls, and the filters are amazing. Upon playing with the Mopho, I found it to be immediately intuitive. All the knobs are in the natural places. The only thing I don't like is the way you have to press the program button to get back to the sound banks after editing a parameter. It's not a big deal, but I wish it would switch back to the sound bank after a few seconds like my Roland synths. BTW... the Poly Chain feature is AWESOME!!!!!!!!
      This thing appears to be built very solid. I love the feel of the action on the keys, especially the aftertouch. The mod/pitch wheels are very smooth as well. All the of encoders and pots turn without trouble and seem like they could take some abuse. DSI's support is fantastic as well. I contacted them about a few questions I had and recieved responses in less than an hour. I really have no compalints about the quality.
      I really don't think you can touch the Mopho for the price. The only competition it really has is Arturia's Minibrute. However, if you buy a Mopho keyboard AND a Mopho module, that will set you back about $1250. Then you can Poly Chain them and have a DUOphonic 100% analog synth that absolutely kills! To put that in prespective... it's less than the price of a Moog Little Phatty and 10 lbs. lighter but doulbe the voices. Isn't that a no brainer?

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      5.0

      Analog Love

      By dMon

      from Dallas, TX

      Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard Synth:

      This is a really nice little monster. It's sturdy, well-made and fun to play. The knobs are all there to allow you easy access to real-time tweaking. I play the mopho in a completely different way than I do my VA synths. The basses are amazing, and you can get a nice gritty sound by adding feedback. I actually chose this over the Moog Slim Phatty. I liked that it had more LFOs and more knobs. I'm sure the Moog filter is still supreme, but I'm very happy with my purchase. It's fun to turn this thing on and just tweak.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sick Little Monophonic Synth

      By JP

      from Miami, FL

      Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard Synth:

      I would recommend this synth for someone exploring analog synths as well as experienced users alike. This product was designed by the father of MIDI, enough said! Add the Moogerfooger FreqBox with an expression pedal and you will go NUTS!
      100% analog signal path2 oscillatorsOne classic Curtis low-pass filterAnalog VCAs3 envelope generators2 sub-octave generatorsWhite noise generator4 LFOsGated 16 x 4 step sequencerArpeggiator32-note (F to C) semi-weighted keyboard action with velocity and aftertouchSpring-loaded pitch wheelFully programmable with three banks of 128 programs (384 total)Free downloadable software editor for Mac OS and Windows EASY TO USE
      This keyboard is build like a tank in USA. I wish the knobs were the same ones they use on the Tetr4 or the Prophet but I guess this is why the price is much more accessible.
      I had other synths before buying this one such as the Moog Slim Phatty and the DSI Tetra... to me this is by far the best value 100 Analog synth in its price range!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Dave has done it again!

      By Joe--.8sI

      from Georgia

      Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard Synth:

      The Mopho keyboard is one of the finest sounding and feeling synthesizers on the market today. The fact that it is analog means that it sounds fat and can be dirty or extremely clean. After touch is a nice addition along with the available parameters. I love keyboards that actually include knobs. Most new synths nowadays only include three or four knobs, but the Mopho is decked out, and the sub-oscillators sound great! they really add a punch to the sound. People say that it doesn't sound as good as a Moog, but i say it just sounds different. Moog and Dave Smith both make amazing synthesizers! This synth truly is a predecessor of the prophet!

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Mopho going up?

      Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard Synth:

      I hate to see something going up 100 bucks in price just because they start to sell. This is a great little synth but it has some quirks and you should ck the dave smith forum before buying this and the tetra have the need for a os update to fix midi issues. A lot of the presets sound the same and could have used a real sound designer instead of whoever programmed them but you aren't buying a analog synth for the presets are you? Even so its nice to have points of ref of what a real sound wiz can get out of the machine,if you are contemplating this or the tetra I would have a listen first because the tetras combos (4 mophos layered) presets sound great, better than great they kik analog ass, the ones that are on go, but no sound designer there either. 4 layered mophos will kik your butt though.I own both, the tetra I use mostly. Its got a whole world in it thats yet to be unlocked by anyone.

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