|The Dave Smith Instruments Mopho is a compact and affordable—but powerful—monophonic analog synthesizer. The voice architecture is similar to a single voice of the Prophet ’08, but with a couple of twists to distinguish it from its award-winning sibling. We’ve 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. The Push It button is a manual trigger that lets you play a specific note or latch notes and sequences on. It can also step through a sequence to play short melodic lines without a keyboard. Of course, Mopho can also be used with a MIDI controller or external sequencer.
Mopho is fully programmable and all parameters can be tweaked from the front panel. The four Assignable Parameters controls are assignable per program for optimum performance control. A free editor is available for Mac OS and Windows to facilitate programming. (And if you already have a Prophet ’08, most Mopho parameters can be controlled from the Prophet’s font panel via MIDI.)
Mopho is perfect for people who want to learn the ins and outs of real analog synthesis without spending a bundle, DJs looking to add some old school sonic spice to their setups, and musicians who appreciate a great-sounding, very portable mono synth.
|Dave Smith Instruments (DSI)
|4 LFOs with triangle, saw, reverse saw, square, random
|2 DCOs, 2 Suboscillators. sawtooth, triangle, saw/triangle, and variable pulse width square waves, with hard sync
|24 or 12 dB/oct selectable lowpass with ADSR
|1 Analog VCA; 3 ADSR Envelopes w/Delay (VCA, VCF, Assignable)
|Feedback (routes output back into input!).
|384 user patches
|Gated 16-step sequencer (one sequence per program). 4x sequences per patch. Up, Down, Up/Down, Order Played
|2008 - 2008
|Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
|Voltage Controlled Oscillator
|Digital Controlled Oscillator
|Low Frequency Oscillator
|Voltage Controlled Filter
|Voltage Controlled Amplifier
|As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key.
|Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
|Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.