Dave Smith Instruments today announced Mopho, a desktop monophonic analog synthesizer module based on the popular, multiple-award-winning Prophet 08.
“The challenge was to deliver the renowned sound quality of a single voice of the Prophet ’08 in a package that would be affordable for a much broader group of players and recording artists without sacrificing the performance features so important to making an analog synth really sing,” said Smith. To achieve that end, the user interface was pared down to certain essential controls and four user-assignable controls per program. The assignable parameters
can control any of Mopho’s parameters, so the synth is fully programmable from the front panel. Mopho also includes a basic software editor for Mac OS or Windows.
Never content simply to repeat himself, Smith wanted Mopho to be more than just a monophonic Prophet: “I wanted to give it a character of its own, something to distinguish it from its big brother.” Each of the oscillators has a suboctave generator; oscillator 1’s is one octave down and oscillator 2’s is two octaves down. Mopho also features an external audio input that allows processing of external audio sources as well as the ability to mix the output back in pre-filter for feedback effects. By varying the mix amount, feedback effects can range from a subtle distortion to completely trashed. “It has taken on a life of its own,” enthused Smith. “It’s an inexpensive, feature-rich mono synth that really excels at basses and big, fat lead sounds.”
– 100% analog signal path
– Two oscillators
– One classic Curtis low-pass 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
– Four assignable performance controls per program
– Gated 16 x 4 step sequencer (one sequence per program)
– Fully programmable (includes software editor for Mac OS and Windows)
– 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 (19.05 cm x 12.7 cm x 3.56 cm)
– 1.5 lb. (0.7 kg)
Mopho is shipping now and carries a suggested retail price of $439.00.