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yoTrakkzyoTrakkz

simply powerful

Dave Smith Instruments MophoPublished on 10/06/11 at 20:28
The Dave Smit Mopho is one of my first analog synths. I spent two hours playing with it the day it arrived. There were things in my studio vibrating that never did before. There are types of sounds I'm finding myself jamming on that I never liked the digital emulations of. The tonal capacity of this thing is mind blowing, from speaker-damaging bass tones to vintage & modern sounding lead sounds with TONS of expressive possibilities.

UTILIZATION

Midi setup between Sound Editor and Midi USB keys still have bugs. Manual is nice but could be a little more helpful and laid out better.
The keyboard version is out so if you are a serious tweaker, save your cash and get that instead.
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The Dave Smit Mopho is one of my first analog synths. I spent two hours playing with it the day it arrived. There were things in my studio vibrating that never did before. There are types of sounds I'm finding myself jamming on that I never liked the digital emulations of. The tonal capacity of this thing is mind blowing, from speaker-damaging bass tones to vintage & modern sounding lead sounds with TONS of expressive possibilities.

UTILIZATION

Midi setup between Sound Editor and Midi USB keys still have bugs. Manual is nice but could be a little more helpful and laid out better.
The keyboard version is out so if you are a serious tweaker, save your cash and get that instead.

SOUNDS

Sounds amazing. If you have been working with soft synths as I have for years instead of hardware, you will immediately know the difference. All the knobs needed for the beginner are here and for the intermediate to expert everything else should be pretty intuitive.
It's also got plenty of quirky patches & sound FX. I haven't delved into editing yet, but out of the box it's easily the most fun I've had playing in years. The endless encoders are kind of annoying, but the price paid for this level of sound quality crushes any little gripes I have. You should have a good MIDI controller for playing anyway, the knobs are just fine for editing, perhaps even better suited. Yeah, I just can't say enough good things about this unit.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, I`ll have to put my Alesis Qs7 into the audio input and see if I can`t use a couple LFO`s to turn my full organ sound into The Who`s Baba O`reilly intro. You owe it to yourself to get one of these as soon as possible this thing is great! Buy It!
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Dave Smith Instruments MophoPublished on 12/04/08 at 02:16
(Originally written by pvi/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Mono synth:

• Two oscillators + white noise generator

• Low-pass Curtis filter (2 or 4 poles)

• Analog VCAs

• Three envelop generators (ADSR plus delay)

• Two octavers (one and two octaves below)

• External input with feedback

• Four assignable controllers per program

• Four non-assignable additional controllers for cutoff, resonance, attack, decay/release

• 16 x 4 step sequencer

• Comprehensive modulation matrix

• Arpeggiator

• MIDI in, MIDI out/thru, audio in, L/R audio out, headphone out

• Free PC and Mac editor software

Lots of videos on youtube:

(Originally written by pvi/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Mono synth:

• Two oscillators + white noise generator

• Low-pass Curtis filter (2 or 4 poles)

• Analog VCAs

• Three envelop generators (ADSR plus delay)

• Two octavers (one and two octaves below)

• External input with feedback

• Four assignable controllers per program

• Four non-assignable additional controllers for cutoff, resonance, attack, decay/release

• 16 x 4 step sequencer

• Comprehensive modulation matrix

• Arpeggiator

• MIDI in, MIDI out/thru, audio in, L/R audio out, headphone out

• Free PC and Mac editor software

Lots of videos on youtube:

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=6rNvZqt6Uc4&feature=related

UTILIZATION

Easy sound editing thanks to the Mac/PC editor, many routing possibilities, complicated sequenced sounds.

You can change the assignment of the four controllers directly on the synth, but it's not very practical in emergency situations (you need 10-20 seconds to do it).

The knobs are encoders so they have a unusual response, which requires a certain time to adapt to them. They don't have a linear response so it's sometimes difficult to set the parameter value you want. Certainly an OS upgrade will solve this problem.

Another disadvantage is that the attack and release controls affect the overall sound, in other words you change all three envelopes simultaneously, which is not convenient for all presets.

To keep it short, you'll need a sequencer or a control surface to get the best out of this synth.

SOUNDS

The sound is the main asset of the synth. The circuitry is 100% analog and you can hear it. The sound has an impressive presence even without using the sub-oscillators.

The envelopes have a great punch. The device produces deep and percussive bass sounds as well as great lead and techno sounds (check the Introverted program).

OVERALL OPINION

Nice synth considering its price.

It's perfect to get a big and powerful bass sound in my home studio.
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manachildmanachild

robust and reliable, I recommend

Dave Smith Instruments MophoPublished on 09/11/14 at 09:47
(This content has been automatically translated from French)
Technical data sheet

UTILIZATION

Very easy to use, you plug in midi and all is well! No need to book for the issue is simple. A novice will need can be a manual but accustomed to various synths, I m never serve.

SOUNDS

The sounds are great. C is therefore pêchus Dave Smith. One can draw good fxs, fat basses at will. In compo trance goa, this yellow bike has become essential in my home.

OVERALL OPINION

For a year I use the, I learned to get out of the big huge sound. Bought on eBay for 300 euros, I do not regret that choice.
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shyplayshyplay

Dave Smith Instruments MophoPublished on 03/05/14 at 08:02
(This content has been automatically translated from French)
* What type of keyboard (synth, piano ...)? How many octaves?

No keyboards, it is a desktop synth

* How many sounds, effects? What styles? Are they edited?

It is similar so we just edit any ad infinitum. Large numbers of presets not very flattering compared to what can be done to this machine spit leaning over.

* What connection (Audio, MIDI, pedals ...)

Audio In (Jack) Audio Out L - R (Jack x2), MIDI In, MIDI Out

* What polyphony?

Monophonic

UTILIZATION

* The general configuration is it simple?

It must go through a software that communicates with the MIDI synth to really get into it. Normal for this price.

* Editing sounds and effects is it easy?

With...…
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* What type of keyboard (synth, piano ...)? How many octaves?

No keyboards, it is a desktop synth

* How many sounds, effects? What styles? Are they edited?

It is similar so we just edit any ad infinitum. Large numbers of presets not very flattering compared to what can be done to this machine spit leaning over.

* What connection (Audio, MIDI, pedals ...)

Audio In (Jack) Audio Out L - R (Jack x2), MIDI In, MIDI Out

* What polyphony?

Monophonic

UTILIZATION

* The general configuration is it simple?

It must go through a software that communicates with the MIDI synth to really get into it. Normal for this price.

* Editing sounds and effects is it easy?

With the software yes. Without not.

* The manual is clear and sufficient?

Yes

SOUNDS

* The sounds they suit your style of music?

Yes, electronica, deep house, nu disco, trip hop, hip hop, techno

* Effects are they effective and responsive?

No effects, just a 4-pole filter very very cool

* Are they realistic?

This is analog, they are more realistic than they are real (and very hot and beautiful when you know how to use)!

* The expression is good? (Reaction velocity, aftertouch)?

Yes, I was even impressed.

OVERALL OPINION

* How long have you use it?

3 months

* Did you try many other models before buying it?

In stock, yes. In particular, I hesitated with the Doepfer dark energy of the NANOZWERG of mfb and MiniBrute from Arturia.

* What is the particular feature you like best and least?

+ The full bass. Warm leads. Very beautiful tablecloths. Sub Osc 2's!

- The software but this one allows for such an object for so little money

* How would you rate the quality / price?

Excellent

* With experience, you do again this choice?

Yes
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  • Manufacturer: Dave Smith Instruments
  • Model: Mopho
  • Category: Analog Synth Racks/Sound Modules
  • Added in our database on: 09/27/2008

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