Dave Smith Instruments Mopho x4

Synthesiser

  • 4 Voice polyphony
  • 44 Semi-weighted velocity-sensitive keys
  • Aftertouch
  • 100% Analogue signal path
  • Two oscillators
  • 1 classic Curtis Low-Pass filter (switchable 2- or 4-pole)
  • Analogue VCAs
  • Three envelope generators (ADSR plus delay)
  • Two Sub-Octave generators
  • Four assignable performance controllers per program
  • Gated 16 x 4 step sequencer
  • Arpeggiator
  • Fully programmable (free software editor for Mac OS and Windows can be downloaded)
  • 1024 programs (512 factory presets + 512 user presets)
  • MIDI In / Out / Thru and Poly Chain
  • Left and Right Audio Out
  • Headphone output
  • USB (MIDI)
No JavaScript? No Audio Samples! :-(

Sound samples

 
0:00
  • Arp 1
  • Arp 2
  • Filtering

Further information

Number Of Keys 32
Touch-Sensitive Yes
Aftertouch Yes
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel Yes
Amount of simultaneous tones 4
Sound Engine Analogue
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out, 1x Thru
Storage Medium None
USB-port No
Effects None
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 2
Digital Output No
Display Yes

Come up with your own creative bundle and save

If you order this product together with others as part of a bundle, you can save up to %3 additionally!
Dave Smith Instruments Mopho x4 + Millenium KS-2010 +
8 more
Configure bundle now
starting from €915
42 customer ratings:
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
4.8 / 5.0
  • handling
  • features
  • sound
  • quality
25 written ratings Read all reviews
Total
handling
features
sound
quality

Great and versatile analog polysynth

Ben Z., 16.08.2013
I found this one while looking for an analog poysynth. I started out using softsynths and virtual analogs and wanted to expand my setup with analog hardware.
I quickly found out that it was easy to recreate the sounds I had made on softsynths on this one and it sounded much better.
I had for some time been interested in the Prophet 08 but the price point of this one and the added features such as the feedback loop and the sub oscillators made it an easy decision. The option to polychain this one with another Mopho or a Tetra for more voices or for layering is very compelling and is something I consider at a later point. However, so far I have had good results multitracking it for layering and it sounds really well.
The sound is clear and distinct so it is good for lead sounds, pads, effects, percussion and quite mellow all the way to harsher bass sounds. Do not expect deep, smooth Moog sounds from this but this is not what it is designed for and in my opinion the two characters complement each other really well in a mix with each having their own identity.


What is does really well:

Modulation. The modulation options for this are very good and with 4 LFO's, 3 envelopes, 4 track step sequencer, 4 additional modulation slots and probably more that I have forgotten to mention are plenty enough for creating complex and dynamic patches.

Sequencer. Although the manual states that each step will retrigger the envelopes, this can be easily disabled so you can use it to only modulate what you want which was a great surprise.

The Oscillators. They are very stable and good sounding. The available waveforms are good for this type of synth and the added Triangle-Sawtooth hybrid sounds cool. Only missing is a sine wave.

Sub oscillators. I use these mostly for pads actually and find that they work well for it if played quite high in the registers. They add a rich tone and full tone while the regular oscillators create nice overtones.

The Filter. I really like the sound of it. The option to switch between 2 and 4 pole is good to have. The resonance on the 2 pole mode is very subtle but the 4 pole can be driven to self oscillation with full resonance. This way it can be used as an oscillator to good effect for whistling sounds and similar. With filter modulation applied, you can get rather good FM-effects and create nice bells or just random weirdness. One thing I found out is with keytracking turned off, it does not open up fully but once turned up you can get really nice and buzzy sounds when desired so that could be something to look for.

The Keyboard. I like the 3 and a half octave size (F-C). The keys feel nice and the addition of aftertouch makes it very expressive to play.

The Controls. The layout is logical and the number of knobs are enough to control most thing so the hands-on experience is very good and although there is an editor available it is not a must have for sound creation. One thing the editor is really useful for is creating sequences since that is a little bit tricky on the unit itself. However I do not see how they can make it easier to do this on the hardware without adding dedicated controls for it, which would not be worth it in my opinion. Also, there is not much need for menu-diving and when you need to the menu is layed out pretty ok. The build quality seems very good as well and does not feel cheap in any way.

What could be improved:
The feedback is cool for weird effects, but it is difficult to use that for adding a good melodic overdrive. It goes quickly from subtle to too much and when it's too much, it looses pitch easily. Using it on quite static sound works well but with modulation of filter or amplitude it easily overdrives to a droning noise. It takes a while to get to know how to handle it well. It is still very useful, though.

In summary I would really recommend this to anyone who wants an all analog polysynth. The option to expand it makes it a good starting point. I like the sound of it a lot and I feel that it is easy the create your own sounds on it and it covers a lot of ground.
Helpful · Not helpful · Report review
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Total
handling
features
sound
quality

Cool synthesizer with amazing sound

maxwellmurder, 31.07.2018
It's been 2 years since I started to use this synth and recorded one EP and one full album with it. So I think now is a good time to speak about it.
When I bought Mopho x4 my main aim was to use it both for bass/lead department and pad department. So far it was amazing in both types. Stabil DCO's are really "fat" sounding just like any VCO and sub oscillator for both two DCO's is a really nice addition. I think there is nothing you can't do with good sounding and full range DCO paired with sub oscillators. So Mopho X4 (like any other DSI product in the last decade) is a winner in the sound department easily.
I am also using/used similar and cheaper and more expensive products like Behringer Deepmind 12 and Prophet family (8 and Rev2). You can really get very very similar results (soundwise) with Prophets, I MEAN REALLY SIMILAR results. If 4 note polyphony is not a problem go for Mopho X4, you won't regret it. And if you compare it with the likes of Deepmind you can easily spot the sound difference and hell yeah it is not even a competition!
So go for it mate!
Helpful · Not helpful · Report review
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
€899 £791.05
Free shipping incl. VAT

The price in GBP is a guideline price only!

Available immediately
Available immediately

This item is in stock and can be dispatched immediately.

Standard Delivery Times
Live Broadcast from our Departments
Our sales team will be happy to demonstrate any piece of equipment you want to see live from our store.
Visit department
Live Broadcast from our Departments
You have almost reached our store!
1. Browser
is compatible

This service is compatible with most web browsers. Should you encounter difficulties, you might try changing to Firefox or Chrome.

2. Mikrophone
no connection

In order for our representative to be able to hear you, you must have a microphone that your browser can access.

3. Security
is compatible

During your consultation we can hear you but not see you.

Live Broadcast from our Departments
What is this?
Using our Live Video Consulting service, you can visit our departments live and have us demonstrate any piece of equipment you want to see. You are perfectly free to ask questions of our representatives or give them instructions. And don't worry: we can hear, but not see you.
How can I use it?
Live Video Consulting is available for selected products. Whenever a sales representative is available, an icon which allows you to make us of the service will appear on the product page
How does that work?
You require a PC or Mac with a microphone and an up-to-date browser. It's best to use the current version of either Chrome or Firefox. Before initiating the connection, your browser will ask your permission to access your microphone.
Possible problems
We are still in the testing phase with this system, and our representatives are still finding out how to give you the best possible experience. Therefore, it may happen that we do not understand you (please speak clearly in either German or English only), that equipment is being tried out by other customers temporarily, or that there are problems with the connection. Please do not hesitate to give us feedback whenever anything like this happens, so that we may learn from this and improve our service.
Share this product
Your Contacts
Phone: +49-9546-9223-30
FAX: +49-9546-922328
Free test reports
Online Guide
Synthesizers
Synthesizers
There are a wealth of synthesisers available today, ranging from hardware keyboards to virtual software instruments.
free download
Online guides
Synthesizers
Synthesizers
There are a wealth of synthesisers available today, ranging from hardware keyboards to virtual software instruments.
 
 
 
 
 
Download
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
test results:
Offers include 20% British VAT and are valid as long as stocks last. Shipping costs to the U.K. are 10 EUR (approx. £7), free shipping on orders above 149 EUR. Please click here for international Shipping Costs and Delivery Times. We do not accept liability for typographical errors or inaccurate information of any kind. *RRP = manufacturer's / distributor's recommended retail price in Germany
Native Instruments Traktor S2 MK3 Native Instruments Komplete 12 iZotope RX 7 Advanced iZotope Spire Studio Roland TD-1DMK V-Drum Set Fun Generation SePar Hex LED RGBAW UV IR Swissonic Professional Router 2 Turbosound iP2000 V2 Fender SQ Jaguar Special Bass CAR ESP LTD EC-256FM STAQMB QSC CP8 Fender SQ Affinity Strat Pack HSS BSB
Recommended
Native Instruments Traktor S2 MK3

DJ controller and audio interface with Traktor Pro 3 software DJ performance system with 2 channels and a sample deck channel, 3-Band EQ per channel, Hot cue buttons, 14 cm Precision jog wheels, 16 RGB pads, Pro mixer layout,...

to the product
€289
Recommended
Native Instruments Komplete 12

Plugin Bundle Comprising software instruments and sample libraries from Native Instruments, Contains a total of 45 instruments and effects, such as shape, replica, strummed acoustic guitar, Una Corda, Discovery Series "India", Reactor 6 including Block, Kinetic Metal, Contact 6,...

to the product
€589
Recommended
iZotope RX 7 Advanced

iZotope RX 7 Advanced (ESD); audio restoration software; profound process control with extensive set of parameters and less artifacts; Instant Process allows fast revisions inside the spectrogramm; Dialogue Contour features pitch correction processing that is tailored to speech and designed...

to the product
€789
Recommended
iZotope Spire Studio

iZotope Spire Studio; mobile recording studio with battery operation; built-in microphone enables studio quality recordings; battery operation allows mobile recording for at least 4 hours; automatic level optimization at the push of a button prevents distorted recordings; up to 8...

to the product
€398
(1)
Recommended
Roland TD-1DMK V-Drum Set

E-Drum Set Entry-level model into the world of Roland V-Drums, TD-1 Drum module with 15 drum kits, 15 Songs, 10 Coaching functions, Metronome, 3.5mm Stereo Jack Mix In, 3.5 mm Stereo jack headphone and line output, USB for MIDI...

to the product
€699
Recommended
Fun Generation SePar Hex LED RGBAW UV IR

6-in-1 LED Flat Par 5 Powerful Hexa-Colour LEDs in the colours red, green, blue, amber, white and ultraviolet, Very bright beam with compact dimensions, The flexible mounting options make it ideal for mobile DJs, entertainers and clubs, Rubber feet...

to the product
€66
Recommended
Swissonic Professional Router 2

Swissonic Professional Router 2, Wireless Dual Band Router (2,4 and 5 GHz), 19'' / 1 U, diversity, detachable antennas, 1x WAN port, 4x LAN port, locking RJ 45 sockets on front panel, internal PSU, housing dimensions (without powercable / antennas)...

to the product
€199
Recommended
Turbosound iP2000 V2

Powered Modular Column Speakers With 1 x 12" Subwoofer, 16 x 2.75" Neodymium mid driver and 1 x 1" compression driver, Klark Teknik Spatial Sound Technology, Digital Mixer, Bluetooth Audio Streaming and iPhone / iPad Remote Control, Dimensions SUB...

to the product
€799
Recommended
Fender SQ Jaguar Special Bass CAR

Electric Bass Body: Agathis, Neck: Maple, Fretboard: Indian Laurel, Neck shape: C, Scale: 762 mm (30" / short scale), Nut width: 38 mm, 20 Frets, Pickups: 1 J-Style and 1 Split Coil single coil, 3-Ply black pickguard, Ex-Factory stringing:...

to the product
€198
(1)
Recommended
ESP LTD EC-256FM STAQMB

Electric Guitar Model exclusively available from Thomann, Body: Mahogany, Top: Flamed maple, 3-Piece set neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Jatoba, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Neck profile: Thin U, Scale: 629 mm (24.75"), Nut width: 42 mm, 22 XJ Frets, Pickups: ESP...

to the product
€399
Recommended
QSC CP8

2-Way Active PA Speakers Loudspeaker configuration: 8" woofer, 1.4" compression driver, Power: 500 W RMS / 1000 W Peak, Class D amplifier module without fan, Beam angle: 90° axisymmetric, 55° monitor inclination, 6 EQ presets, High-performance DSP corrects nonlinear...

to the product
€444
Recommended
Fender SQ Affinity Strat Pack HSS BSB

Electric GuitarSQ Affinity Strat Electric Guitar Body: Poplar, Neck: Maple, Fretboard: Indian Laurel, 21 Medium jumbo frets, Nut width: 40,9 mm (1.61"), Scale: 648 mm (25.5"), Pickups: HSS humbucker (bridge) and 2 single coils, 6-Saddle Vintage-Style...

to the product
€298
Feedback Found an error or want to give us feedback about this page?

We're looking forward to hearing from you and aim to solve any problems as soon as we can.

Please leave a comment. Please enter your e-mail address.