Dave Smith Instruments Mopho - Monophonic Desktop Analog Synthesizer

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

The Mopho is a compact and powerful monophonic analog synthesizer from Dave Smith Instruments. The voice architecture is identical to a single voice of the Prophet '08, an eight-voice synthesizer with a 100% analog signal path, yet with a couple of unique twists to distinguish it from its award-winning sibling. Dave Smith Instruments have 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. The "Push It!" button is a manual trigger that lets you play a specific note or latch notes and sequences on. The Mopho Monophonic Synthesizer can also step through a sequence to play short melodic lines without a keyboard. Mopho can also be used with a MIDI controller or external sequencer.

Mopho is fully programmable and all the parameters can be tweaked from the front panel. The four Assignable Parameters controls are assignable per program for optimal performance control. A free editor is available for Mac OS and Windows to facilitate programming. If you already have a Prophet '08, most of Mopho's parameters can be controlled from the Prophet's front panel via MIDI.

Mopho is perfect for people who want to learn the ins and outs of real analog synthesis without spending a bundle, DJs looking to add some old-school sonic spice to their setups, and musicians who will appreciate a great-sounding, very portable mono synth.

Features

  • 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

Add the spice of analog synth with this easy-to-use synth module. Order today.

 
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5.0

amazing sounding little yellow box!

By Scott Reiter

from new york, NY

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

I am a dave smith fan for a few decades now. the Prophet 5 is my fave axe. this little guy( the Mopho) is a wonderful sounding instrument. I wish the knobs were potentiometer style instead of infinite whatever the hell they are. other than that , I love this thing to death.

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5.0

Lives up to its name!

By James Leaver

from Madison, WI

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

Let me first state that I'm a complete amateur when it comes to synths. I'm not a keyboard player. My primary instrument is bass, but I write & produce music and have wanted for some time to get my hands on something affordable that could offer true analog synthesis because I've never been terribly impressed with the sound quality of the analog modeling synths out there. Behold the Mopho! This diminutive (about the size of a trade paperback), brightly colored box houses huge sonic potential. From bone-rattling bass tones to subtle sound beds to frenetic sequenced madness, this unit does about everything one could expect a monophonic synth to do, all with a true analog signal path and for the same price as the most inexpensive modeling units out there. Add even the cheapest MIDI controller and you've got yourself a monophonic powerhouse to rival those big name synths (you know who) costing ten times as much. But you need not even own a keyboard controller to play the Mopho, and this is where the real genius of DSI becomes evident. The "Push It!" button allows you to trigger patches and sequences without any external device. Pop the Mopho, its adapter (no battery option here) and your favorite pair of headphones in your backpack or gig bag and you can lose countless hours to sound experimentation anywhere there's a wall outlet (seriously, if you're on a schedule, keep an eye on the clock because this thing is an extremely effective time-killer). Obviously, the "Push It!" button is not really designed for performance (unless, that is, you're a master of the pitch knob or just looking to trigger a sequence, but this unique feature does allow you to play with presets or do sound design "on the fly," as it were. Hey, we musicians routinely refer to our gear as "toys," so why not let us play with them as such? DSI has this figured out. As previously stated, I'm a novice in this area, but even I had no trouble navigating the interface and accessing all the menu options. While a software editor is available to better facilitate access to all the parameters, I have yet to download or install it. Fact is, all of these are accessible via Mopho's rather spartan interface and with a little practice and patience editing is a fairly painless process. The Mopho manual is well written, but assumes a basic level of knowledge of oscillators, VCAs, LFOs, etc., and how these all come together. But if, like me, you're the sort of gadgeteer who likes to tweak knobs just to see what they do, you'll figure these things out. One thing the manual is not too clear about, however, is the external audio processing capability, which was a major selling point for me given that I'm a bass player at heart. Run any sound source through Mopho and you can get some crazy cool results. One feature barely mentioned is Mopho's envelope follower which can be used to provide classic, funky auto-wah effects to rival those effects pedals that cost nearly as much as this vastly more powerful tool. Add an LFO (or four) to your signal path and the psychedelic possibilities can't help but broaden your sonic horizons. I'll confess that I initially had some difficulty getting consistent results with the envelope follower, due primarily to my own inexperience and ignorance. However, an email to the manufacturer received a prompt response with perfectly clear and concise instructions for which DSI support gets an A+. True, due to all the processing possibilities, this unit will never be as straightforward as a stomp box, but remember that once you've got your patch dialed in, you can always save it for quick recall later when you want to send your guitar, bass or vocals (or anything else, for that matter) straight into outer space. For me, the ability to process external audio is perhaps the coolest of Mopho's features, and worth the price of admission alone.

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5.0

DSI Mopho

By Simon Tee

from Montreal, Quebec

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

Can't go wrong with this unit. Sounds wet and fat. As for the presets... Whatever some of them say, tweek it and you'll get instant results, harsh industrial drones and sequences, basses that'll test your monitors tolerance, this unit stands out, final. Go to the local shop, ask for a pair of headsets and try it out, you'll understand what I'm talking about. How they krammed all this juice in such a box is a feat. Also proud owner of an Evolver, another gem. What a pair. So yeah, for the bucks you have more than you can ever wish for in a mono synth. I'm not paid to write this...

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