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Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Synthesizer Keyboard

Affordable, fully programmable mono synth with a 100% analog signal path. USB, Full size key, velocity and after-touch,

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Product Description for the Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Synthesizer Keyboard

The Mopho Keyboard 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 have 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. It features the same semi-weighted keyboard action as the Prophet.

The Mopho Keyboard’s voice architecture features two oscillators, two sub-octave generators, selectable 2- or 4-pole low-pass filter, feedback, and a ton of modulation options, including three envelope generators, four LFOs, and a 16 x 4 step sequencer. It has a full-sized, semi-weighted, 32-note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch and full-sized pitch and modulation wheels. The Poly Chain feature enables expanded polyphony using other DSI synths. For example, combining a Mopho Keyboard with a Tetra results in a very portable five-voice poly synth. Other features include USB and the ability to process external audio through Mopho’s filter and VCA.

The Mopho Keyboard is fully programmable and all the parameters are logically arranged for easy access on the front panel. A free editor is also available for Mac OS and Windows to facilitate programming. The Mopho Keyboard delivers classic analog sound in a remarkably compact package and—perhaps best of all—it's affordable!


  • Affordable, fully programmable mono synth with a 100% analog signal path.
  • Classic, real analog sound—including legendary Curtis analog low-pass filter.
  • Full-sized keys with velocity and aftertouch.
  • USB connectivity.
  • Measures approximately 18.65" L x 11.1" W x 3.6" H (47.4 cm x 28.2 cm x 9.1 cm) and weighs under 10 pounds (~4.5 kg).
  • Free editor for Mac OS and Windows.
  • Monophonic analog synthesizer
  • 100% analog signal path
  • Two oscillators capable of producing sawtooth, triangle, saw/triangle, and variable pulse width square waves, with hard sync
  • One classic Curtis low-pass filter (switchable 2- or 4-pole) with audio rate modulation, self-oscillating in 4-pole mode
  • Analog VCAs
  • Three envelope generators (ADSR plus delay)
  • Two sub-octave generators (one octave down and two octaves down)
  • Feedback loop with programmable level and gain
  • White noise generator
  • 4 LFOs
  • Gated 16 x 4 step sequencer (one sequence per program)
  • Arpeggiator
  • Glide (portamento) : separate rates per oscillator
  • 32-note (F to C) semi-weighted keyboard action with velocity and aftertouch
  • Spring-loaded pitch wheel
  • Fully programmable with three banks of 128 programs (384 total)
  • Free downloadable software editor for Mac OS and Windows
  • Dimensions : approximately 18.65" L x 11.1" W x 3.6" H (47.4 cm x 28.2 cm x 9.1 cm)
  • Weight : 9.4 lb. (4.25 kg)

Ins and Outs

  • USB type B receptacle
  • MIDI In, Out/Thru, and Poly Chain
  • Audio input : 1/4" unbalanced
  • Left and Right audio outputs : 1/4" unbalanced
  • Sustain pedal input
  • Expression pedal/control voltage (3.3 VDC max.) input
  • Headphone output : 1/4" stereo phone jack
Brand Dave Smith
Weight 13.8000
Dimensions (WxHxD) 18.65" x 3.6" x 11.1"

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Review by sam
The Mopho is true analog and the bottom line is that it is a excellent analog synth for the price. Your options for true analog mini keyboard synths are not that diverse but even so, the mopho is magnificant. I also purchased this year, the korg R3, microkorg XL, microstation,the Alesis Micron and Akai Miniak. The mopho is so much fatter than VA. Yes its analog but has a modern twist to its sound and I dont mean digital like the other VA synths. Among them all the mopho stands out in sound. The miniak is capable of the most tricks and the microkorg was weakest in ability to program easily.I say \'was\' because I had to let the XL go. A lot of the controls that were in menus in the desktop version of the mopho are now in switches and knobs on the control panel and logically laid out although a few changes from your basic moog prodigy or typical classic analog. I\'ll mention just a few feature that really make this a special analog synth,It has a sequencer and arpeggiator.It also has switchable two/four pole filter that is real useable with wide range in settings esp when tweaked with the resonance. The sound of this synth is warm and nice very bold. It is not squelchy or harsh and is even difficult to make sound bad. I have so many synths and have collected them for years. Only a few make such a impression that I know I will have them a long time. This mini keyboard is top shelf analog and It is not going anywhere except onto recordings. Great synth Dave Smith. The Pro Audio Star guys respond quickly and I don\'t have to explain things to them in detail because they are on it. I like that these guys are consistently able to offer me great deals on the equipment I want, when I want it. This purchase was no different thanks Rob Steve and everyone in the Pro Audio Star crew. (Posted on 9/17/10)

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