The Mopho is actually pretty cool if you treat it like 4 track sequencer.
Mopho is a compact and affordable—but 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. 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. 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!)
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.
- Affordable, fully programmable mono synth with a 100% analog signal path.
- Classic, real analog sound—including legendary Curtis analog low-pass filter.
- Process external audio through the filter and envelopes.
- Just 7.5″ x 5″ (19.05 cm x 12.7 cm).
- Free editor for Mac OS and Windows.
Background video description:
Messing around with the new Mopho. Sorry about the motion, I’m not used to the head mount camera (GoPro Hero 3). Hope nobody gets seasick. This is a Korg ER1 thru a Korg KP3. Dave Smith Mopho keyboard thru a Rogue analog chorus, Behringer vintage analog delay and Digidelay and then the Infinity Looper pedal. You can also see my home made breakout pedal that gives the reverse capability. Send on the mixer is a Hardwire RV7 reverb pedal. No other FX or EQ were added. As you can tell, I love the reverse on the looper and the aftertouch on the Mopho. Everything is midi synced.
A second Prophet 12 demo from INHALT, details below:
For this next installment of demonstrations, I’ve recorded the more atmospheric, etherial, vocal, and ambient patches from the Prophet 12. What’s wonderful about this synth is the fact that envelope times have been designed to give a wide range of times. This means anything from the most percussive sounds to absurdly long release times are possible. As such, making evolving tonal beds is a breeze and they are sure to find a home in any sound designers tool box when working for film, television, and experimental sound.
Just like the previous demonstration, no sequencing nor external effects have been used. Everything you hear was recorded through a Neve Portico Pre Amp into a Digidesign 192 HD io and assembled in Pro Tools.
INHALT goes hands on comparing two classic synths, details below:
This is the comparison I think most of our friends have been interested in. Our Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 is a revision 3.2 and has factory midi. It’s in incredibly good condition and has been calibrated fully, thus the tuning tends to be a lot more stable than on unserviced Prophet 5′s. Because of the MIDI interface we have been able to send the same MIDI sequence from the MPC 2000XL to both the Prophet 08 and the Prophet 5 simultaneously. Both synths were recorded straight into Pro Tools HD via a Precision 8 mic pre and a 192 HD IO audio interface.
Unlike the Oberheim OB 8 comparison, getting patches to sound similar between the Prophet 08 and the Prophet 5 was a lot more work. It felt many times like chasing a moving target–you would modify one synth a little and then bounce to the previous one to get it closer … so on and so forth. However, we were again surprised by the Prophet 08′s ability to get remarkably close to the general tonal characteristic of the infamous Prophet 5.
A couple of observations became apparent during the comparison: it’s very very obvious that the Prophet 5 uses analog components. The VCO’s move around a lot more, especially on held chords and it’s not a linear movement. Even with programming, the Prophet 08 has a more predictable frequency movement. We used the slop function set to the max and it still wasn’t quiet enough to get it close.
Also, this can be observed with envelope times as well. The Prophet 5 feels like each voice is somewhat discrete and exhibits slightly different envelope times for each stage (i.e. ADSR). I’ve simulated this somewhat by routing sample and hold to modulate the envelope stages on the Prophet 08 but it still feels somewhat “obvious” as a programming trick rather than the true discrete voicing as on the Prophet 5. That is not saying anything bad about the Prophet 08, but rather, that the 08 is a lot more precise (digital envelopes vs CEM3310…) in this department than the 5.
The UNISON mode on both synths is very very different. On the 5, it sounds a lot more dialed in especially considering gain staging whereas on the Prophet 08, provisions have to be taken to bring the VCA envelope modulation down so as not to create internal clipping. It also feels like the envelopes work differently on the 08 when in UNISON mode than on the Prophet 5. This is not a comment regarding legato/non legato modes but rather the “feel” of the envelopes themselves. However, I have heard commentary that the 08 unison is like the unison mode on the Roland Juno 106, and as a former user of a 106, I can safely say that it is nothing like that. It’s just a different feeling unison mode that requires a little bit more work on the programming end.
We hope you enjoy this comparison. It was a lot of fun to record and program this.
MrSynthmania treats us with another exploration of the Prophet 12:
Some nice presets dedicated to all people who want to hear them. All sounds played live and are recorded directly without any equalization, other effects or something else…this is the raw DSI Prophet 12 sound. It´s a mix around to define what a modern synthesizer is. Hope you enjoy it.
Sorry for playing some wrong keys
For technical information see http://www.davesmithinstruments.com/p…
A little instrumental track made with Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12. All sounds, except the HiHats, are coming from this Synthesizer and recorded directly to Cubase.
“Hope you like it and you can check the very good quality of its sound.
As soon as possible I will make a video showing some of the best presets.”, Mr.Synthmania
Often changing from even to odd time meter. Reverse Effect parts from Lexicon MX300 preset. Sequenced on Elektron MonoMachine SFX-60 Mk1, and sound fx added with DSI MonoEvolver keyboard.
It’s mostly the MonoMachine you are hearing, the Evolver comes in at around (0:23) with a buzzing outdoor ambient like texture. The point of this piece isn’t for the listener to figure out the time signature counts, rather listen for where the drums rhythmically modulate meter from a fusion feel to a half time feel, as it does here (1:01) back to fusion feel (1:14) etc…from this perspective you can hear over the barlines easier.
More info: http://bit.ly/12pRSK6
In this video tutorial, DJ Kiva explores the creative possibilities of midi sync and audio routing between Dave Smith Instruments’ Tempest drum instrument and Ableton Live.
The Dave Smith Instruments Tempest is an analog drum machine that was created by two of the top minds in the industry: Dave Smith and Roger Linn. Together they have developed an instrument that takes the traditional drum machine into new realms of sound and control. While exploring the instrument in our studios, Dubspot Ableton instructor DJ Kiva recorded this tutorial in which he syncs the Tempest with Ableton Live and records the Tempest’s multiple outputs as individual audio tracks in Ableton. To finish off the session Kiva plays back the recorded parts and adds his own custom delays through send channels in Ableton Live.
Special thanks to Peter Dyer! Peter Dyer plays keyboard for Mariah Carey, Aloe Blacc, Van Hunt, and others.
More info at: www.peterdyer.net. Available in 1080p HD.
Peter demonstrates some Mopho x4 factory sounds. Drums provided by Tempest, some effects used where noted.
Here is a new video featuring the DSI Tempest. Tempest is a professional drum machine that generates its sounds using six powerful analog synthesis voices, and uses an innovative, performance-oriented operating system that permits an extraordinary level of control to create, edit, arrange, and manipulate beats in real time without ever stopping.
“This is the first of two videos were I recorded the Tempest 6 individual outputs live in one take into Logic and then afterwards mixed it.
I recorded the DSI Tempest 6 individual outputs straight into the UAD Apollo sound card in one take. Then I played 2 overdubs on the Tempest pads with polyphonic synth sounds.
The reverb, EQ and compressor are from the UAD Apollo and recorded live at the same time. Then some mixing/mastring in Logic. All synth sounds made by DreamProbe.
Check out my website: www.dreamprobemusic.com
There you can listen to my music, download sounds/samples etc.”