Four Voice Mopho From Dave Smith

Named the Mopho X4 - what else?      02/08/12

Just in from Dave Smith  - news of yet another synthesizer - prolific is how I'd describe them, when you consider that they are a small company - its good going. I think in our review I described the Mopho as a poly-synth trapped inside a mono-synth - and now it has emerged in its pure form as the Mopho X4 with four voices - here's the press release from Dave Smith Instruments.

It's a polyphonic Mopho keyboard!
Mopho x4 is the newest addition to DSI's revered line of analog subtractive synthesizers. Building upon the same award winning voice architecture of the Mopho and Mopho Keyboard, the Mopho x4 boasts huge sound and 4 voice polyphony in an ideally sized, portable, and elegantly designed package. Use it to create huge unison basses, creamy leads, maniacal sequences, and ethereal pads.

4 times the voice 4 your pleasure
Each of Mopho x4's four voices is composed of two analog oscillators, two sub octave generators, selectable 2- or 4-pole famed Curtis low-pass filter, three 5-stage envelope generators, four LFOs, a re-latchable arpeggiator, and a 16 x 4 step sequencer. Its voice also comes packed with 20 modulation sources and almost 50 destinations!

FM the filter to create metallic bell-like sounds and use the feedback path to add subtle or destructive harmonic content to your sound. Mopho x4's 100% analog signal path is powerful, monstrous, and sonically dynamic!

Work less, play more
Mopho x4 is intuitive and inviting. Every parameter is fully programmable and editable from the front panel. The controls are logically laid out, lending themselves to quick access so you can tweak knobs without missing a beat.

The x4's full sized 44-note semi-weighted keyboard has aftertouch and velocity sensitivity. The sturdy full sized pitch and mod wheels are freely assignable and sport smooth reliable action.

It grows with you
Expand Mopho x4's polyphony using it's Poly Chain port. Mopho, Tetra, and Prophet '08 can all be connected to the x4 to increase its voice count. You can Poly Chain up to three Tetras with Mopho x4 to create a 16 voice analog super synth!

The Mopho x4!
Dave Smith Instruments is the only company pioneering and producing fully programmable polyphonic analog synthesizers. In fact Dave's been at it for 35 years!

Designed and manufactured in San Francisco, Mopho x4 has the high quality sound and build for which DSI is renowned. From its feature packed analog voices and unmatched sonic versatility to its refined design and engaging interface, you won't find a polyphonic analog synthesizer like this anywhere else.





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Dr. Feelgood    Said...

VERY nice.

02-Aug-12 11:03 AM

raphus    Said...

I was really hoping for a Tetra keyboard (i.e. multitimbral), but DSI says it would be too expensive, about the same price as a P'08. Too bad. This one looks very nice, just not quite enough to make me grab my wallet now.

02-Aug-12 11:26 AM

Peter K.    Said...

Aaahhh... THAT'S why they can't call it the Tetra keyboard - no multitimbrality.

02-Aug-12 12:40 PM

George    Said...

Can we bear in mind the fact that those who wanted some polyphony from a Mopho were considering purchasing the original or the small keyboard version (both of which are in a reasonable and affordable price bracket). Therefore they're being asked to pay almost double/quadruple for some polyphony, extra keys and maybe a couple of bells and whistles? When I first saw this I was like 'Yes! Finally!'. As soon as I saw the price I was disappointed. If I'm going to spend that kind of money for such a subtle difference I'd rather just save up that bit more and buy and even better synth such as the Prophet.

02-Aug-12 04:47 PM

raphus    Said...

I thought of just saving more for a P'08, too, but the bells and whistles on this one are very enticing: the new latch mode (at last!), the sub-oscillators, the feedback loop, the audio inputs… For about the same price, I could get this new keyboard, or I could get the original MoPho keyboard and a Tetra. ( really like the Tetra's multi mode for what I do.) Neither option is enough to make me drop all that money, though.

02-Aug-12 07:42 PM

raphus    Said...

I don't think DSI is gouging anyone, just to be clear--I'm sure their prices are fair. I'm just not rich. Alas.

02-Aug-12 07:43 PM

S R Dhain    Said...

its not multi-timbral?...

oh no, what a missed opportunity imho. If it was even bi-timbral it would have been supersonic. I dont get why it would have been too expensive to make it multi..isnt that side of it all in software?

03-Aug-12 07:32 AM

mattsynth    Said...

Very Cool, and thank God it is not yellow. You can always count on Dave to put out quality instruments. I love my Prophet 08, it is on every track I produce. The FM would be a great addition to my music. Nice work Dave.

03-Aug-12 08:48 AM

Peter K.    Said...

I'm cool with it being just the way it is. I just traded my Prophet '08 in towards a Nord C2d because this keyboard, coupled with my amazing Tetra, will give me everything I need from a good analog board.

I liked my Prophet '08, but once I played the Tetra, I really missed those sub oscillators and especially the extra feedback routing. This will give me the best of both worlds. I almost never used multitimbrality live, and can still set up the Tetra for that if I need. Perfect.

05-Aug-12 02:56 PM

Andy    Said...

I just wish it was yellow!

17-Aug-12 02:52 AM

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