Check out this preview of Peter Nyboer (Livid) and Carson Day (DSI) in a “best of both worlds” throw-down. With an unholy union of gear from the Livid and Dave Smith shelves, Carson and Peter conjure up a mad mix of clips, synths, plug-ins, and step sequencers, in a seamless combination of analog and digital sounds.
Livid and Dave Smith Instruments at first glance seem like two opposites in the music tech world: Livid’s controllers are geared toward trends of portability, flexibility, and all-digital, real-time production. Dave Smith’s Tempest is gloriously rooted in traditions of analog audio and all-in one electronic instrumentation. However, both companies are simply fans of electronic music, and wanted to find a way to cross-pollinate these ideas. Keep your eye on your inbox, twitter feed, facebook page, or your tickertape for the upcoming tutorials and downloads that show how to bring these amazing pieces of gear together!
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Track that I made today. Sequenced with the MPC2500. Bassline is the MiniMoog Voyager. Pad is the DSI Prophet 08, lead is the DSI Mopho and the Drums are form the Vermona DRM mkiii.
The Pad is processed with the Moogerfoogers Phaser and MidiMurf. Mopho is processed with the LowPass filter and Analog delay.
Special thanks to my friend Analogmadness for sharing his foogers.
Hope you like it!
Gear used: Elektron Machinedrum as main sequencer, Waldorf Blofeld, Akai mpc500, Korg Ms2000, Clavia Nord Modular G2 and DSI Tetr4.
Checking out the Dave Smith Mopho synth, details below:
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.
In this video they are doing a review of the Mopho synthesizer from Dave Smith Instruments.
“It’s a monophonic analog synthesizer module that I’ve had for about a year. I love the aggressive analog sound it has, plus it doesn’t take up much space on my desktop. In this video I go through the front panel, go through some of the sounds, and show why I feel it’s definitely a great bargain for anyone looking to purchase an analog synthesizer.”
Carson Day demonstrates some factory sounds on the new Mopho x4 polyphonic analog synthesizer. Except for the programs that are obviously played on the keyboard, the x4 is receiving MIDI data from an external sequencer in this demo.
Dave Smith takes us through the Mopho X4 synth, below are the details:
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.
Demo of Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver Keyboard. All sounds programmed by WC Olo Garb. Video editing by WC Olo Garb.
What a little beauty this synth is – lots of knobs, spacey blue colors and LEDs – nice, too bad DSI’s keyboards normally has a pretty hefty price tag
The Poly Evolver Keyboard is DSI’s flagship synthesizer, a nearly-knob-per-function knockout that sounds unlike any other synth out there—except another Evolver, of course! Don’t like a high-end hardware synth that requires wading through endless menus to program? Not an issue with the Poly Evolver’s 78 knobs—60 of them potentiometers—and 58 buttons, incuding a keypad for direct access of programs.
An analog/digital hybrid, the four-voice Poly Evolver features four oscillators per voice—two analog and two digital—in a unique stereo voice architecture with a real Curtis analog low-pass filter per channel. The digital processing does not simply add effects at the end of the signal chain, but is tightly integrated with the analog electronics for tuned feedback, distortion, bit crushing, and synced delays. It can also process external audio and has separate stereo outputs for each voice.
The Poly Evolver is capable of producing sounds ranging from classic analog to more brash and edgy digital sounds. It is also multitimbral, with the ability to play up to four parts simultaneously through separate stereo outputs. And it can process external audio.
The Poly Evolver is not a generic “slab” workstation. If you’re looking for realistic pianos and strings, keep looking. But if you want a truly unique, inspirational, real instrument, look no further.
- Each voice is a complete Evolver with four oscillators per voice, two analog and two digital.
- True stereo signal path with separate Curtis analog low-pass filters in each channel for each voice. Each voice has its own independent effects (feedback, delay, distortion, high-pass filter, etc.).
- Highly accessible sound control for easy, intuitive operation: 78 knobs and 58 switches.
- Clocked, pulsing blue LEDs and hardwood end-panels.
- Each voice has an independent 16 x 4 step sequencer. Everything (sequencer, LFOs, and delay) syncs perfectly to MIDI.
- In Program mode, all four voices play the same sound. In Combo mode, voices can be allocated however desired: stack all 4 for a huge unison sound, split or layer the keyboard in any configuration, and/or play one or all sequences at the same time. Each voice can respond to a different MIDI channel.
- Each voice has its own stereo output in addition to the mix and headphones outputs.
- Stereo audio input that can be routed to any or all of the voices, enabling parallel audio processing of external stereo or mono signals. The output of one voice can be routed to the input of another for interesting double-processing effects.
Made entirely of analogue oscillators on the DSI Tempest. This is an selection of 11 sounds from 32. Make sure to check out the other parts of this series of DreamProbe sounds.
Made entirely of analogue oscillators on the DSI Tempest. This is 64 analog sounds in the Analogue Drummachine domain.
Made entirely of analogue oscillators on the DSI Tempest. The whole bank of Lead sounds I did are 32 and in this video I show 21 of them.