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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.
  • shyplayshyplay

    Dave Smith Instruments MophoPublished on 03/05/14 at 08:02
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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?

    Wi…
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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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  • paradiesparadies

    Good introduction but better version of BCP KB

    Dave Smith Instruments MophoPublished on 12/09/12 at 07:53
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Analog Module COD, 3 banks of 128 presets, little sequencer, arpeggiator small.
    Publisher mac / Pc is not dévelloppé by DSI and plant too often
    Mopho is monophonic.

    + Size! the one carried everywhere!
    + The sound definitely analog ...
    + Chassis smétal


    - No switch on / pff
    - Publisher pc / mac buggy
    - Mode polychain bad.
    - Protege lcd super thin and fragile

    UTILIZATION

    The general configuration is not so simple ... ie in relation to the possibilities of modulation of the machine (4 lfo for example ...) it's a little light to do everything with four assignable encoders ... but it is possible, and it makes sense. Not too much to say the beginner. Mopho keyboard …
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    Analog Module COD, 3 banks of 128 presets, little sequencer, arpeggiator small.
    Publisher mac / Pc is not dévelloppé by DSI and plant too often
    Mopho is monophonic.

    + Size! the one carried everywhere!
    + The sound definitely analog ...
    + Chassis smétal


    - No switch on / pff
    - Publisher pc / mac buggy
    - Mode polychain bad.
    - Protege lcd super thin and fragile

    UTILIZATION

    The general configuration is not so simple ... ie in relation to the possibilities of modulation of the machine (4 lfo for example ...) it's a little light to do everything with four assignable encoders ... but it is possible, and it makes sense. Not too much to say the beginner. Mopho keyboard is MUCH more intuitive.

    Polychain mode suffers from the worries that go for me unusable. It is indeed one Mopho desktop chaining a Mopho keyboard to have a duophonic. But here's the problem. When you play two notes, the first note is played by the Mopho 1, the second separated the two Mopho. You need to have exactly the same sound on both bikes, of course. so if ke plays "DO / MIB and RE / FA" rigorously at the same time, it works well we hear two notes ... but if I keep pressing a key (eg do) and I play mib mib ground and then it shit! and yes because my C is played by Mopho 1, mib the mopho2, and instead play the floor with the Mopho 2, since one is always busy with my basic, not the one he sought, which I cut I do: I have not yet found the smenus a way to change it, but it really is NUL, the polychainage and suddenly unusable pianistically speaking ...

    SOUNDS

    Not bad for a preset "push in" (the button that launches an arpeggio, as if that played with a finger) But hey, ets a synth should make your own sounds.

    I'm not a huge fan of curtis filter, but hey it's still big sound.

    OVERALL OPINION

    j have the Mopho keyboard since a month, the desktop for 2 days. I play in monophonic moog little phatty on, Poly on juno2, jx3p, Oberheim Matrix etc..

    I quite like this module but its great frer "keyboard" it is very much higher.

    Its main asset is its ridiculously low price for a great sound.
    the publisher can, the polychain unusable and the lack of its main switch its flaws.

    If you can afford it really is best to go directly to the Mopho keyboard or x4 tetra see ... Mopho desktop that is only if you have a budget session on the grass ...

    I put 7 in total, 8 for musicians on the go, while the Mopho keyboard deserves a big 9.
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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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  • suntsusuntsu

    heavy weighs 700gr

    Dave Smith Instruments MophoPublished on 11/25/10 at 22:15
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    This is a monophonic analog synthesizer in the format "Desktop", with 2 main VCO with a VCO-SUB available for each VCO ...
    In addition, four LFOs are available as well as 48 different destination for modulation (by updating the OS v1.4).
    It also has an arpeggiator offering more than a dozen different ways (via update in the OS v1.4).
    There is also a 4-track sequencer 16-Steps with different time signatures.
    It should be noted that the problem of 3dB more left now is corrected via a global parameter of panning (via update in the OS v1.4).


    UTILIZATION

    Configuration is very simple for me. I used to work blind on the other machine and even if the software package for editing can…
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    This is a monophonic analog synthesizer in the format "Desktop", with 2 main VCO with a VCO-SUB available for each VCO ...
    In addition, four LFOs are available as well as 48 different destination for modulation (by updating the OS v1.4).
    It also has an arpeggiator offering more than a dozen different ways (via update in the OS v1.4).
    There is also a 4-track sequencer 16-Steps with different time signatures.
    It should be noted that the problem of 3dB more left now is corrected via a global parameter of panning (via update in the OS v1.4).


    UTILIZATION

    Configuration is very simple for me. I used to work blind on the other machine and even if the software package for editing can be handy to have an overview, with its training program patches do not pose problem!
    The English manual is comprehensive and clear and updated versions are available on the website of the manufacturer as well as OS updates and the "factory soundbank"

    SOUNDS

    This machine can do many things and has a very wide scope as it has no need of polyphony ;-)
    Frankly I am convinced by this purchase

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for several days now in a very intensive! This is my second analog synthesizer. To be honest, it's the Korg Monotron who gave me the virus and only after a long market research that I came to choose this synthesizer.
    There is only one thing that annoys me with this synth is that there is no on / off switch!
    The value for money is incomparable, and if it over again, I do it again without hesitation! From
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  • Audiofanzine FRAudiofanzine FR

    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:

    http://fr.youtube.com/wa…
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    (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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