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      Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard Synth (585419)
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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.

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard Synth 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
    Includes power supply for 100V - 240V AC operation and operation manual




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  • plesently suprised

    As reviewed by ross halverson on 2/15/2012

    i was all ways one of those ppl who thought vsts were just as good.. WOW was i wrong.. Analog really is king and is now the end all be all for this guy!... i love it the key pad is so expressive it really is prob one of the coolest synths in this range. only thing i can say against it is that there isnt any init patches it bothers me to wrie over factory sets forsome reason also u have to pay for the pro editor.have no fear though the free editor (downloaded)works good enough for me. the construction is very good metal knobs are sturdy and I dont for see any probs there. all in all this guy is awesome.. love the DSI so much i just baught a DSI evolver to go with it comes tomorrow and im stoked!

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  • I own it

    As reviewed by Juan Jose on 8/27/2011

    I have it and alls I have to say is ..get that mopho.

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  • Great little Mono Synth!!

    As reviewed by Dave O on 10/26/2010

    I have had a few synths, some digital like the Alesis Micron, DCO synths like the Juno 106, to full analog like my favorite, the Minimoog Voyager. This little guy has some great analog sound and a very reasonable price. Not to mention super light and portable. Really much to be said about the small package when the Minimoog is like 45 pounds, I was paranoid to bring it anywhere, but this one is no sweat! Great sound, pretty easy to program, suboscillators fatten up the sound nicely. The arpeggio and sequencer are nice, lots of LFO's, tons of syncing possibilities with all those features. I really like the aftertouch on this one, makes it feel more expressive then some other synths. The sound is a little different between DCO's and VCO's, I feel the DCO's are a bit more tame and VCO's are more organic sounding, but really no complaints about the sound of this guy, analog is totally worth it! The feel, sound, look, versatility, and fun are well worth it. Very recommended little monosynth!!!

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