Dave Smith Mopho Monophonic Synthesiser

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Dave Smith Mopho Monophonic Synthesiser


he Mopho desktop synth represents the most affordable way to tap into the analog magic of Dave Smith Instruments! The monophonic Mopho (MOnoPHOnic, get it?) measures a mere 7.5"x5" but it sounds much bigger than that! The 100% analog signal path consists of a pair of oscillators, a classic Curtis filter (switchable 2- or 4-pole), analog VCAs, envelope generators, and sub-octave generators, all of which come together to create a streamlined synth reminiscent of the classic Prophet. Looking for classic analog synth sound on a budget? Check out the Mopho!Dave Smith Instruments Mopho at a Glance:

  • What is it?
  • Controls
  • Who's it for?

What is it?
Mopho is a compact, affordable, and incredibly powerful monophonic analog synthesizer. The voice architecture is identical to a single voice of the Prophet '08, but with a couple of unique twists to distinguish it from its award-winning sibling. Dave Smith Instruments 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 the 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 of Mopho's parameters can be controlled from the Prophet's front panel via MIDI!)

Who's it for?
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 will appreciate a great-sounding, very portable mono synth. In short, anyone can quickly and easily tap into the legendary analog sound of Dave Smith Instruments with this extremely affordable desktop module!

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Features:

  • 100% analog signal path
  • Two oscillators
  • One classic Curtis lowpass filter (switchable 2- or 4-pole)
  • Analog VCAs
  • Three envelope generators (ADSR plus delay)
  • Two sub-octave generators (one octave down and two octaves down)
  • External audio input with feedback
  • Gated, 16 x 4 step sequencer (one sequence per program)
  • Arpeggiator
  • Fully programmable from front panel (also includes "lite" version of software editor for Mac OS and Windows)
  • Four assignable performance controls per program
  • 384 programs
  • I/O: MIDI In, MIDI Out/Thru, Audio In, Left and Right Audio Out, Headphone Out
  • 7.5" L x 5" W x 1.4" H 
  • 1.5 lb.

Classic analog sound in an extremely affordable package from Dave Smith Instruments!

Sound Engine Type(s)Analog
Number of Presets384
ExpansionNo Expansion
Number of Effects0
Effects TypesNo Effects
MIDI Sequencer16 x 4 Step Sequencer
Number of Audio Inputs1
Audio Input Types1 x TS
Number of Audio Outputs3
Audio Output Types2 x TS, 1 x TRS (Headphone)
Number of Digital Inputs0
Digital Input TypesNo Digital Inputs
Number of Digital Outputs0
Digital Output TypesNo Digital Outputs
Weight1.5 lbs.
Power SupplyAC Adapter Included
Manufacturer Part NumberDSI-1201
Dave Smith

Dave Smith is an engineer and musician who has pioneered many groundbreaking music technologies. Smith was responsible for the first polyphonic and microprocessor-controlled synthesizer, the Prophet 5, and later the multitimbral synthesizer. He is also referred to as the "Father of MIDI" for his role in the development of MIDI, now a standard interface protocol for electronic instruments and recording/pro audio equipment. Buy Dave Smith products from Derringers Music online & instore. All prices Challenged.


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