Dave Smith Mopho Keyboard Ships

Keyboard version of the desktop synth module is available now      06/05/10
Dave Smith Mopho Keyboard Ships

Dave Smith Instruments tell us that the new Mopho Keyboard is now shipping. Here's their press release... Dave Smith Instruments has released a keyboard version of Mopho, DSI's popular desktop synthesizer module. The Mopho Keyboard is a monophonic synthesizer with an all-analog signal path, an expanded user interface, and a full-sized, semi-weighted keyboard action.
From a functional perspective, the Mopho Keyboard does not do anything radically different. It is what most players desire and expect from an analog mono synth. DSI's goal was ambitious in other ways, though. "It goes without saying that it had to sound good, but we've also managed to create a very portable, very playable instrument without sacrificing the performance features people want. And we did it without compromising and resorting to things like smaller, cheaper keys," said founder Dave Smith. "At the same time, we recognize that the cost of analog synths has long been a barrier for many would-be players, so the challenge was to make the Mopho Keyboard available at a price more people can afford. As I've said before, designing synthesizers is great, but it's hearing what people do with them that makes it really fun."
DSI's Andrew McGowan added,"When we released the Mopho module we heard from many people that it was not just their first analog synthesizer, but their first hardware synthesizer. And that after experiencing a real analog synth they finally 'got it.' We hope the Mopho Keyboard gives even more people an opportunity to 'get it.'"
The Mopho Keyboard's voice architecture is essentially the same as DSI's Mopho and Tetra desktop synthesizer modules. It 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 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).
Pricing and Availability:
The Mopho Keyboard is available now with an MSRP of $879.00 and an MAP of $799.00. More information:


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5 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Benedict Johnson    Said...

I see the "push-it!" button still makes a pseudo appearance, despite the 30 or so other "push-it!" buttons just inches away..

Not much to complain about (but I think the GAIA synth looks cooler)

07-May-10 11:00 PM

Trus1te    Said...

You think the GAIA synth looks cooler?

Sure, if you like lots of features with a moderately acceptable sound .

Its like saying that a Peavey Vypr looks cooler than a 5150.

08-May-10 11:34 AM

panama Jack    Said...

GAIA synth is a plastic toyish looking thing, this looks classy, funky , and is analog.. kicks GAIA out the door..

09-May-10 05:07 PM

nhoj    Said...

Apples and oranges my friends. No point in comparing GAIA and MoPho since they are for different markets.

11-May-10 05:04 PM

jim    Said...

GAIA looks naff to me - while the keyboard MOPHO looks and, I would hazard a guess, SOUNDS like the dog's...

25-May-10 04:05 PM

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