Dave Smith Instruments Mopho x4

Mopho x4, Analog Synth from Dave Smith Instruments.

public price: $1,299 VAT
Will Zégal 10/16/2014

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho x4 : Will Zégal's user review

«  Excellent machine easy first »

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Value For Money : Correct
Analog synth 3 1/2 octaves
4 banks factory + 4 User banks x 128 presets
Pitch bend and modulation. Keyboard with aftertouch
Stereo output, headphone output, MIDI pair, a "Padal / CV" input, a sustain pedal input, USB to MIDI IN / OUT (no audio), taking "polychain" to chain several DSI synths.

Something is missing? Maybe an audio input. And effects section.


>> The general configuration is it simple? Editing sounds and effects is it easy? The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

With virtually all the controls available directly in front, the Mopho X4 is very simple for anyone who knows a little synthesis. Reading the manual is still worth a shot, as most of the time. To my knowledge, the manual is in English.


> The sounds they suit your style of music?
Priori suitable for a wide range of music. The question is silly, besides, if we do not specify the style of music performed.
I think this synth can find its place in all genres.

> Are they realistic?
No. It's his summary, not a sample bank.

> The effects are they effective and responsive?
There are none.

> The expression is good? (Response to velocity, aftertouch)?
Yes. The keyboard, however, is a bit disappointing for a synth of this price.

> What are the sounds you prefer, you hate? ...
Uh ...

The first time I unwrapped just after purchase, I was not home. I had a headphone with me, I plugged in and tried. I scrolled presets and I paid the banana most sounds.

The radius of weaknesses, I think the 4-pole filter lacks a bit of character.

I also like the sounds a little dirty, a little grimey and I think the Mopho, they tend to turn a bit sour, like a bad distortion. Everything is relative, right, but I prefer the Mopho in hot fat and that "dirt" or acidic tones.


> How long have you use it?
About a year.

> What is the particular feature you like best and least?
Most: the sound (sounds big enough, you can go to the soft acid)
Direct access to functions
The four arpeggiator and modulation matrix

- The keyboard could be better
- Organization of presets in banks, it's great nawak it seems that Dave has 504 presets in a bag, shook it all up and dump it as it came within 4 factory banks.
It's a shame when one seeks her where to go.

> Have you tried many other models before buying it?
This is my first personal analog. Previously, I used analos of buddies or my digital synths.

> How would you rate the quality / price?

> With experience, you do again this choice? ...
Probably. I needed a synth:
- With big sound for bass and ground (so a priori, although rather an analog digital know now do that very well)
- Polyphonic
- In memory (required for my current group)
- To work quickly
- Not overpriced

Mopho X4, advised by the friend Synthwalker after analyzing my needs, fits perfectly. If I were to change it, it would probably be a Pro 2 (still with DSI) that not only sounds great sound, but also seems to be well thought out in the middle of a full configuration.

For now, when some other priorities are settled, I probably adjoindrai him MiniBrute seems to me an excellent addition, despite the difficulty of integrating a synth without memory in my current group.