Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard
Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard

Mopho Keyboard, Analog Synth from Dave Smith Instruments.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 9 reviews )
 6 reviews67 %
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Mr Kay11/11/2014

Mr Kay's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Yellow Bonus"

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard
The Mopho Keyboard is the entry level model of the "neo-retro" line derived from DSI Prophet '08, a small synthesizer 32 keys of a difficult set to miss a yellow.

The construction of good quality (metal frame, wooden side), the knobs are more robust than the fragile encoders first P'08 and Evolvers, but compete with those that can be found on the North or the Virus.


Argued that without large (DSI Poly Evolver, Prophet '08, Prophet 12), the ergonomics of Mopho Keyboard is much more pleasant than with the module version, the interface offers significantly more controls.

The panel is divided into sections (oscillators, filter, envelopes ...) and links with the screen allows the advanced user to navigate quickly.

The manual, in English only, is clear, even if it requires a minimum of knowledge synthesis.


The synth is expressive, versatile, allowing roots to sound as aggressive and pretty crazy things, a DSI synth respectable offering many opportunities for modulation.

And as it is a DSI, the grain is quite distinctive and the Curtis filter is more interesting than 24 dB 12 dB,


I have four years, I was looking a little like first monophonic analog to expand my set with space constraints and budget.

At the time, the choice of this model was evident as there was in front of the Moog Little Phatty more expensive, larger and more limited.

Since the choice is less clear for other models have appeared on this segment (Novation Bass Station II Minibrute Arturia Moog Subphatty, Korg MS-20 Mini), as well as the catalog of DSI has expanded with a polyphonic version the Mopho and the Pro-2, a different caliber ...
Kori G08/30/2013

Kori G's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" DSI big sound"

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard
Mono Bi-timbral synth
Sensitive keyboard
Publisher pc etc ...
Very strong and I still practice a lot of trouble with the DSI system and I think it is not very intuitive, I mean, then it takes some time to master the bignou and that's why that I sold!
But with the desktop version prophet08.Pe poly-chain, this is a powerhouse with a real big sound really great to live as solid, compact and relatively lightweight analog.


Probably easy to use after a long learning functions and a thorough study of the manual (in English only).
Some functions are only available with the editor and it's unfortunate for those who do not use a computer to make sound. (And yes, it still exists ....)


My opinion is mixed on this point but the tastes and colors ....
I just think the morpho tends to very, too, quickly saturate the aggressive sounds and lose definition in the attack.
On the softer sounds nothing to say.
The touch-sensitive keypad and a little light and I struggled to play with precision velocity, but I'm not keyboardist so this is a personal impression.


I bought it for me to use poly-chain with prophet08.PE desktop, making nine in all ways. I just sold it two for one reason, I do not have the patience to learn to master. They are very good machines with a real big analog sound and it's a nickel for the live configuration and operation via a DAW or other live kind.
The machine Dave Smith have bright future.

AlexandreC's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Small but powerful!"

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard
Monophonic analog synthesizer
Keyboard 32 keys velocity sensitive and the pressure (aftertouch)
Pitch wheel, modulation wheel, 5-octave
DIN MIDI compatible (in, out, thru) and USB (out), CV (in) assignable
Auxiliary input for processing an audio signal pre-existing

COD 2 each with a sub, hard sync and a kind of X-mod with the filter. 3formes wave PWM + fixed each
1 white noise generator
1 Curtis low-pass filter 2/4pôles
3 envelope generators DADSR: 1 for VCA, one for the filter, and assignable.
4 syncable LFOs separately on the keyboard and / or the clock.
1 4-track sequencer 16 steps
1 arpeggiator


Operation is completely intuitive for someone who is familiar with subtractive synthesis. The modulation possibilities are absolutely huge.
The manual is in English only, but the console is very intuitive: the pots are arranged by module, like the semi-modular systems.


The keyboard is very expressive. Its level, bravely confronts the beast synths much more expensive: I compared with a little phatty and I prefer the Mopho would do for modulation possibilities. The machine is capable of producing both big bass punchy well as soft leads.
Among the enormous modulation possibilities I particularly like the three envelope generators DADSR, 4 LFOs and the ability to redirect a control voltage to multiple destinations.
PS: Yes, there is a "filter bleed" but I do not understand why this is annoying


This is a monophonic instrument. I therefore recommend as first keyboard. In contrast to supplement an existing installation, you can go for it: you've got a very expressive instrument and well crafted (metal chassis, sides varnished wood, impeccable quality acoustic).

For the price of a consumer device, you've got a beautiful musical instrument.

paradies's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Force Yellow ..."

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard
Keyboard 2 octaves and a half feel.
Stereo output, audio input, midi in and out / thru, polychain to chain a tetra or a prophet 8.
Utility pc / mac is not stable enough, no effect, monophonic.

Full of buttons, large modulation possibilities.
3 banks of 128 sounds.

Width it is about the same as a battery rack 1u, with beautiful wooden blanks.


The configuration is very simple: it is necessary to know the subtractive synthesis to benefit the most from the machine, but almost everything is accessible via a modified via encode destination switch (eg serie 5 AADSR encoders, which are used to adjust one: the filter housing, 2 the amplitude envelope, 3 ... An envelope assignable

The manual is small but adequate for my taste.


J loves the character of the Mopho ... despite the curtis filter, which I do not like the moog but brings something else.

curious detail, the presets are not in the same order as on the desktop version, which is not practical for usper polychain ...


I used for a month. For now my only disappointment is the use of fashion polychain for me unusable. Indeed a score of 2 is sent to the module 1 and a score of 2 in Module 2, even if a note is held, which has the effect of a mute can be fundamental ... is there a setting has do, but I have not found the time rto and frankly, I find this completely absurd way in the state.

+ Construction metal frame, wood side.
Its analog + staff
+ Plenty of buttons to edit the front
+ Value extraordinary price
+ Opportunities modulations

- Editor buggy
- Protects lcd very end and not at the rest of the bike (incompréhensible. .. it looks like scotch ...)
- Mode polychain absurd.
- Filter bleed (see other review)

I would still prefer the little phatty, but Mopho costing almost twice cheaper, and is not so good. it is just different, possibly even more advanced! The Mopho is to consider very seriously, even compared to a vintage overpriced and full of faults.

It deserves the nickname well PRO2 (As shown on the motherboard, filliation its ancestor the Pro one)

thejammer's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" EXCELLENT!"

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard
See the features on the site DSI.


configuration: yes it is simple, but it's still a screen has two lines ...
manual is clear and sufficient.
The edition is very simple.


The sounds are really excellent. The sub oscillator is sick!


I use it for more than a year.
I tried a few synths, and I kept it there, the virus C and Novation KS5.
I would do the choice anytime!

Master_M's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Beautiful beast"

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard
See reviews for précédants technical characteristics.


Nice to plan even with some submenu for modulation.

Grip very fast.
Printed manual, which is increasingly rare and that goes critical.


I must say I am quite surprised how it sounds, it is far from being ridiculous face synth more upscale or "vintage".

2 oscillators subs do their job but do not expect to recreate the depth of a pro-one or a minimoog.
Feedback is to my taste too "fat", a distortion which is not one which seems to me difficult to control. Question of taste can be.

Envelopes very effective reminds me of the Pro-one.

Very good modern analog synth entry level and very convenient to carry.
I find the sound rather strange (it's my only DSI) and just for that I find interesting.


I bought it for its size and modern side to live no more lugging an old analog converter over CV / Gate Midi cable and all adapters that come with it and avoid the risk of technical problems, wear etc.. . And this is perfect!

There is of course no reference to weight façe vintage synth analos but he is doing pretty good plus it is new and the money back!

For a first purchase or supplement, go for it head down, you get your money.

I do not currently use it in one of my prods (it might change when I get further) but for live it is perfect.

I would do my choice without hesitation!

revega's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" AWESOME!!"

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard
Mopho is the fourth concept of family ISD. After Evolver (excellent hybrid), the Prophet 08 (excellent polyphonic) and Tetra, here's the latest before the stables of Mr. Smith, having appeared after the Tempest.
For any specific has been said.


Simple but a little knowledge in computer is never wrong because the manual does not give you any information in this regard.
Well we must admit that the architecture is rather transparent and we're going fast enough to navigate.
The manual is in English only and is useful only for some hidden functions (eg Clock Divide).
Editing sounds is a breeze.


For sound there is in, very powerful and analog.
Beautiful expression with aftertouch all likeable.
Both COD and filtering has 2/4 pole and there was a massive sound and very present. Effects and not somewhere better as it is rare for this to work on the synths. Use as an external rack.
It is capable of good bass, expressive leads, FX and well-dressed room nuanced. Brief able to go far, far away.
But there is strong or Mopho is at its arpeggiator and above its sequence. We then have a standalone tool capable of simple and complex sequences especially modulation capabilities with enough amazing synth for its size.
Here argues that an intelligent demo better than any speech:


For me it took me a significant observation time before acquiring the Mopho, the first demos I was not convinced at all (too many sequences Sub and too flashy). But once in my hands I felt the same impression as to the Mono Evolver Key, the feeling of having one of the most powerful synthesizers of his generation (Vince Clark himself was very impressed).
While a mono analog sounding with two COD, a modulation matrix, a 4 pole filter, a 4-track sequencer, an arpeggiator, USB, MIDI, long memory, light, robust and modern for 660 €! Suffice to say it sends a packet of old outdated and overpriced cuckoos in the closet without problem.
Nothing to say that Dave Smith has behind him the whole legend of Sequential Circuits is again one of the key market players synthesizers and Mopho is only one more confirmation.
In terms of value for money I wish good luck to competition (eg Minibrute).

lambrase's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent"

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard
All has been said before.
Monophonic analog.
Publisher free download especially useful for sequencing. Use with


Some problems with the sequencer (Live8).
Transition to the system 1.2 of synth thanks to the publisher but
impossible because the midi cable via usb (sysex data speed probably).
Manuel simple but adequate.


3 x 128 sounds.
As usual with the presets it depends on taste
but the interest lies in the design and sound
it's really good.
Expression and aftertouch especially excellent.
The finishes are good synths.
The sound differs from plugin (predator, massive TWIN2)
especially with the 4-pole filter and resonance.
The sequencer is excellent.


Used for 2 days.
Excellent value for money.
Finally a synth with character, sound and look
(He must love the yellow)

accordeure's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A monster!"

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard
Keyboard 2 octaves 1 / 2 AEC and velocity aftertouch.Synthèse soustractive.128 analog factory presets, all editable and 100% well sûr.Pitch bend, modulation, everything is là.Connectique noon, usb, stereo, casque.Polyphonie? it is not mono.


I just got it, so I have not studied much but the manual editing of sounds is like a vintage analog, memory and more.


The sounds are incredible! I have a Juno-6, an MS-10 and CS01.Il makes me think of those three to faith!
More with the velocity he géniale.Ajoutez expression to that the arpeggiator and sequencer ... I say no more.


I'll look more closely, but it promises to be génial.Pour the price I got mine from Thomann for 680 euros with the special cover, which is a matter I crois.Je said it can replace several vintage synths Searched for much less.