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Dave Smith Instruments Mopho - Monophonic Desktop Analog Synthesizer

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Dave Smith Instruments' Mopho Monophonic Desktop Analog Synthesizer comes in a compact and powerful package. Utilizing the voice architecture of the ...Click To Read More About This Product

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An affordable, fully programmable mono synth with a 100% analog signal path.

Dave Smith Instruments' Mopho Monophonic Desktop Analog Synthesizer comes in a compact and powerful package. Utilizing the voice architecture of the award-winning Prophet ™08, an eight-voice synth with a 100% analog signal path, Dave Smith Instruments added two sub-octave generators “ one per oscillator “ to deliver wider and more crushing basses. The audio input allows you to process external audio and combine Mopho' own audio output back in pre-filter to create feedback effects ranging from understated distortion to punishing skronk. You can play a specific note or latch notes and sequences on the manual trigger œPush It! button. The Mopho can pace through a sequence to produce short melodic lines without a keyboard and can utilize a MIDI controller or external sequencer.The Mopho Monophonic Synthesizer is completely programmable with parameters controlled from the front panel. Ideal performance control is provided through four Assignable Parameter controls designated per program. If the Prophet œ08 is already part of your set-up, you will be happy to know that most of Moph' parameters can be controlled via MIDI from the Prophet' front panel. Programming can be simplified with a free editor available for Windows and Mac OS.Mopho' affordability makes it an ideal choice for those wanting to experience the ins and outs of true analog synthesis without dropping a bundle and is perfect for the DJ wanting to create a bit of old-school sonic spice in their setups. The Mopho Monophonic Synthesizer can simply be appreciated by any musician looking for a great-sounding and portable mono synth.

  • 100% analog signal path
  • Two oscillators
  • One classic Curtis low-pass filter (switchable 2- or 4-pole)
  • Analog VCAs
  • 3 envelope generators (ADSR plus delay)
  • 2 sub-octave generators (one octave down and two octaves down)
  • External audio input with feedback
  • 4 assignable performance controls per program
  • Gated 16 x 4 step sequencer (one sequence per program)
  • Arpeggiator
  • Fully programmable (includes free downloadable software editor for Mac OS and Windows)
  • 384 programs
  • I/O: MIDI In, MIDI Out/Thru, Audio In, Left and Right Audio Out, Headphone Out
  • Dimensions: 7.5"W x 1.4"H x 5"D
  • Weight: 1.5 lb.

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I couldn't have made a better choice

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  • Huge Sound
  • Portable
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Small footprint


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    Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Mopho - Monophonic Desktop Analog Synthesizer:

    I'm a wind player that purchased this for use with a MIDI Wind controller (the Yamaha WX5). My needs are quite different from what I expect is the typical target market. This was my first synth, and I had no prior synth programming background.

    After a year of owning this I can definitely say this is a well built unit, both in build quality and sound possibilities. Because I use it with my wind controller, my primary sounds are sustained lead or bass tones - I don't use the sequencer at all. For my purposes it's very responsive to the wind controller when the patch is well made, and the sound palette is what you would expect from a two voice analog synth, with lots of tonal possibilities depending on how good you are at programming. I have no real frame of reference for what other analog synths sound like except from the music I've listened to, so I can't talk too much about the particular qualities of the basic sounds possible. It's definitely easy enough to get HUGE lead and bass sounds out of this thing though.

    What I am very glad for - and I had no way of knowing this going in - is the ample number of modulation sources and four assignable LFOs. For me, I need to assign Midi Breath to at least two parameters per patch, so I take full advantage of the modular nature of the assignable mod sources. Because Midi Breath already has a dedicated mod source as well, I can assign it to five parameters if I really wanted. Having so many LFOs, I guess 4 is a lot on most mono synths, gives me more options in how the sound changes over time, which for me is very useful. After looking at other analog synth units since getting to know this one, I can say that this is a perfect analog companion to wind controller and EWI users.

    The only gripe one might have is that it's nearly impossible to program this unit from the unit itself. You pretty much have to use the computer software with USB-Midi cables. This is fine I think, as there are so many slots for patches if you spend some time getting patches ready you shouldn't need to edit much on the spot, but you can control some parameters on the fly if you need. I've also noticed that a lot of synth players like to manipulate knobs of the synth while playing the keyboard to a greater extent than this unit would really let you. You can't play this unit the same way you can play a Moog Minotaur, for example, the knobs just aren't that responsive. But it's not really intended to be that way I don't think. For me, I always have to have two hands on my instrument, so it's a total moot point. I set it to the patch I want and leave the unit alone.

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    from Saratoga Springs, NY

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    Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Mopho - Monophonic Desktop Analog Synthesizer:

    I am surprised that I am the 1st to review the Mopho given that I?m a guitarist. I received mine last week and went about listening to all 384 programs and twiddling the knobs. The sounds are utterly amazing from classic leads, basses, sequences, to just plain noise. Wonderful phat & wet analog heaven!The price of the Mopho along with an Axiom 25, MIDI cable, and power supply nets you an analog synth for almost half the price of the ?Little Phatty?. I could not be more thrilled!

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    Killer Synthesizer

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    Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Mopho - Monophonic Desktop Analog Synthesizer:

    Hands down the best sounding, most well thought out Synthesizer for under $1000. In fact, I give it higher marks than it's sibling's because I love how compact it is.


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    By Biff Blumfumgagnge

    from Madison, WI

    Comments about Dave Smith Instruments Mopho - Monophonic Desktop Analog Synthesizer:

    I've had the Mopho in my working rig firing off of a pitch to midi interface. This synth really is killer; from the software editor to the fat, FAT sounds of the Smith analog oscillators, this pup really is a super deluxe value.
    I think DSI is a great company. Buy their stuff, you won't be dissapointed. I also own an Evolver.

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