Dave Smith may have just created the analog keyboard to beat.

The Mopho x4 is a new, bigger sibling to the Mopho keyboard – itself a nice, cute, yellow analog monosynth. The x4 takes that synth, quadruples the voices so that you get polyphony, and adds more-playable controls and functionality. You get a nice complement of hands-on controls, but you also don’t break the bank: US$1299 is the list.

Dave Smith himself shows off the creation in a video — he, the father of MIDI and some of the best-loved synths over the years (from Sequential to his own DSI). And Dave, while unassuming as always in his presentation style, gets some great sounds out of the thing.

Specs:

  • 4-voice polyphony
  • Each voice has two analog oscillators and two sub-octave generators
  • 2- or 4-pole Curtis low-pass filter
  • Three 5-stage envelope generators
  • Four LFOs
  • Re-latchable arpeggiator
  • 16 x 4-step sequencer. The sequencer is actually really intriguing, analog-style in design, though fairly complex and deep. Most likely, this is the one part you will program from software, not the front panel (see the bundled, free editor in the vid). Not only can you create elaborate patterns, but you have a range of possible modes and routings.
  • 20 modulation sources, 50 destinations
  • FM filter modulation, feedback path
  • In addition to being able to route the LFO to the oscillator, there are “tuning drift” controls for creating some random pitch fluctuation (since the digitally-controlled analog oscillators are always in tune!)
  • 100% analog signal path… okay, yes, all-analog can become a sales gimmick (and DSI has built some great instruments without the analog signal path), but the important thing is, knowing what the Mopho sounds like, this is a terrific sonic architecture.
  • 44, semi-weighted keys and velocity and aftertouch, plus full-sized pitch and modulation wheels.
  • USB, MIDI, CV, and a full range of audio and pedal jacks

You can also chain this with other DSI instruments. And it’s made in the USA, in San Francisco. See the video for a sense of what this looks like:

So, let’s get this straight:
It’s analog.
It’s polyphonic.
It’s fully programmable.
It’s still priced like many digital synths.

Clarification: The only real bad news is, you could achieve more interesting multi-timbrality by chaining multiple analog synths; not everyone wants big, stacked sounds. But you do get some flexibility here. From the documentation, you can operate either polyphonically (and chain together more DSI stuff for added polyphony), or switch to a unison mode:

Unison On/Off—When on, Mopho x4 behaves like a monophonic synthesizer and only one note will play at a time. Unison Mode—Sets how voices are allocated and tuned when unison is on.

[Unison modes]
1 Voice: Classic, two oscillator, monophonic mode
All Voices: All four voices in unison
AllDetune1-3: All four voices in unison with increasing levels of detuning among the voices

Yep, I want to try one. After all those intriguing keyboards we’ve seen this year, having a 4-voice, playable analog synth with this sonic range and functionality to me makes the Mopho x4 stand out. But stick around for a hands-on review when we can get one over to Germany or do a shoot in San Francisco.

http://www.davesmithinstruments.com/products/mophox4/index.php

  • Saw

    nice!  would have been ace if it was multi timbral too. i was awaiting a tetr4 keyboard for some time now…   probably prefer a normal tetr4 over this.  

    also: hope to see that arp latch mode on my mopho desktop too, please DSI..

  • Saw

    nice!  would have been ace if it was multi timbral too. i was awaiting a tetr4 keyboard for some time now…   probably prefer a normal tetr4 over this.  

    also: hope to see that arp latch mode on my mopho desktop too, please DSI..

  • Saw

    nice!  would have been ace if it was multi timbral too. i was awaiting a tetr4 keyboard for some time now…   probably prefer a normal tetr4 over this.  

    also: hope to see that arp latch mode on my mopho desktop too, please DSI..

  • Spazmatron

    How are this and the tetr4 different? In not being a smart ass, I actually don’t know how they differ. I thought the tetr4 was 4 mophos combined? Looks awesome either way.

    • Saw

      tetr4 is multi timbral, you can play 4 monophonic parts individually…

      • Spazmatron

        I wonder why not a tetr4 keyboard instead of the mophox4?

        • Mailmansanta

          Obvious marketing is obvious: so that you had to buy tetr4 too, if you find you need multi-timbrality and do not find it in your mopho x4…

        • The Cody

          Because it’s a performance keyboard. I’m pretty sure this wasn’t intended as a multi-timbral sound module. All the DSI instruments tend to follow the whole “performance oriented” philosophy. So, it makes more sense as a MoPhoX4 than the Tetr4.

        • Spazmatron

          The tetr4 has combos (I think that’s what they all them). With different combinations of voices. Like one mono bass with 3 voice poly, split at whatever note, or layers and whatnot. Would have been a little cooler than just 4 voice poly. Still not hating, I’d love any 4 voice analog poly at the moment.

        • ToneHead

          Personally, I think Dave has somewhat undervalued the multi-timbral instruments his companies have produced, possibly because his fame came with the first great polysynth, and I don’t think he personally designed the Six-Trak, which as the first multi-timbral MIDI synthesizer I also consider a landmark. Dave, if you’re out there listening, I’m one of your biggest fans, but I only want the multi-timbral stuff!

        • Jeff

          @Modlan7777

      • rlw

        not right. tetr4 can either be a polyphonic 4 voice synth, or a multi-timbral monophonic one.

  • Spazmatron

    How are this and the tetr4 different? In not being a smart ass, I actually don’t know how they differ. I thought the tetr4 was 4 mophos combined? Looks awesome either way.

    • Saw

      tetr4 is multi timbral, you can play 4 monophonic parts individually…

      • Spazmatron

        I wonder why not a tetr4 keyboard instead of the mophox4?

        • Mailmansanta

          Obvious marketing is obvious: so that you had to buy tetr4 too, if you find you need multi-timbrality and do not find it in your mopho x4…

        • the_cody

          Because it’s a performance keyboard. I’m pretty sure this wasn’t intended as a multi-timbral sound module. All the DSI instruments tend to follow the whole “performance oriented” philosophy. So, it makes more sense as a MoPhoX4 than the Tetr4.

        • Spazmatron

          The tetr4 has combos (I think that’s what they all them). With different combinations of voices. Like one mono bass with 3 voice poly, split at whatever note, or layers and whatnot. Would have been a little cooler than just 4 voice poly. Still not hating, I’d love any 4 voice analog poly at the moment.

        • ToneHead

          Personally, I think Dave has somewhat undervalued the multi-timbral instruments his companies have produced, possibly because his fame came with the first great polysynth, and I don’t think he personally designed the Six-Trak, which as the first multi-timbral MIDI synthesizer I also consider a landmark. Dave, if you’re out there listening, I’m one of your biggest fans, but I only want the multi-timbral stuff!

        • Jeff

          @Modlan7777

      • rlw

        not right. tetr4 can either be a polyphonic 4 voice synth, or a multi-timbral monophonic one.

  • Spazmatron

    How are this and the tetr4 different? In not being a smart ass, I actually don’t know how they differ. I thought the tetr4 was 4 mophos combined? Looks awesome either way.

    • Saw

      tetr4 is multi timbral, you can play 4 monophonic parts individually…

      • Spazmatron

        I wonder why not a tetr4 keyboard instead of the mophox4?

        • Mailmansanta

          Obvious marketing is obvious: so that you had to buy tetr4 too, if you find you need multi-timbrality and do not find it in your mopho x4…

        • the_cody

          Because it’s a performance keyboard. I’m pretty sure this wasn’t intended as a multi-timbral sound module. All the DSI instruments tend to follow the whole “performance oriented” philosophy. So, it makes more sense as a MoPhoX4 than the Tetr4.

        • Spazmatron

          The tetr4 has combos (I think that’s what they all them). With different combinations of voices. Like one mono bass with 3 voice poly, split at whatever note, or layers and whatnot. Would have been a little cooler than just 4 voice poly. Still not hating, I’d love any 4 voice analog poly at the moment.

        • ToneHead

          Personally, I think Dave has somewhat undervalued the multi-timbral instruments his companies have produced, possibly because his fame came with the first great polysynth, and I don’t think he personally designed the Six-Trak, which as the first multi-timbral MIDI synthesizer I also consider a landmark. Dave, if you’re out there listening, I’m one of your biggest fans, but I only want the multi-timbral stuff!

        • Jeff

          @Modlan7777

      • rlw

        not right. tetr4 can either be a polyphonic 4 voice synth, or a multi-timbral monophonic one.

  • Spazmatron

    As cool as this is, I think in much more exited about the upcoming Ambika from Mutable Instruments.

    • Saw

      nice hint! 

    • Kabel

      Apples and oranges comparison. Or, rather, analog and digital. Not to mention the many other differences. Like the Ambika is a kit. It’s polyphonic, though, I’ll give you that.

      • ski

        Ambika has analog resonant LP/BP/HP filters, so half apple, half orange – best of both worlds. I personally don’t care for analogue oscillators and rather prefer the flexibility of the Ambika’s. Having one built as we speak.

  • Spazmatron

    As cool as this is, I think in much more exited about the upcoming Ambika from Mutable Instruments.

    • Saw

      nice hint! 

    • Kabel

      Apples and oranges comparison. Or, rather, analog and digital. Not to mention the many other differences. Like the Ambika is a kit. It’s polyphonic, though, I’ll give you that.

      • ski

        Ambika has analog resonant LP/BP/HP filters, so half apple, half orange – best of both worlds. I personally don’t care for analogue oscillators and rather prefer the flexibility of the Ambika’s. Having one built as we speak.

  • Spazmatron

    As cool as this is, I think in much more exited about the upcoming Ambika from Mutable Instruments.

    • Saw

      nice hint! 

    • Kabel

      Apples and oranges comparison. Or, rather, analog and digital. Not to mention the many other differences. Like the Ambika is a kit. It’s polyphonic, though, I’ll give you that.

      • ski

        Ambika has analog resonant LP/BP/HP filters, so half apple, half orange – best of both worlds. I personally don’t care for analogue oscillators and rather prefer the flexibility of the Ambika’s. Having one built as we speak.

  • Was never as impressed as most are with DSI synths. I remember getting excited when I bought my evolver and it was soooo meh.  Played with a Mopho for a while and just didn’t find anything unique about it. 

  • Was never as impressed as most are with DSI synths. I remember getting excited when I bought my evolver and it was soooo meh.  Played with a Mopho for a while and just didn’t find anything unique about it. 

  • Was never as impressed as most are with DSI synths. I remember getting excited when I bought my evolver and it was soooo meh.  Played with a Mopho for a while and just didn’t find anything unique about it. 

  • They should have made this the Tetra Keyboard.  All the features of the Tetra but with a keyboard.  I’ve already got a Mopho Keyboard, so I’ll probably just get a Tetra at some point for poly.  There’s already a ton of Mopho Keys on eBay since this news hit, so expect the used price on those to drop some.

  • They should have made this the Tetra Keyboard.  All the features of the Tetra but with a keyboard.  I’ve already got a Mopho Keyboard, so I’ll probably just get a Tetra at some point for poly.  There’s already a ton of Mopho Keys on eBay since this news hit, so expect the used price on those to drop some.

  • They should have made this the Tetra Keyboard.  All the features of the Tetra but with a keyboard.  I’ve already got a Mopho Keyboard, so I’ll probably just get a Tetra at some point for poly.  There’s already a ton of Mopho Keys on eBay since this news hit, so expect the used price on those to drop some.

  • John Truckosaur

    I’ve been edging toward my first hardware synth for a while, this one definitely hits the sweet spot of polyphony, price and controls.  If I’m going to throw down a grand+ on a synthesizer, I want to get as far away as possible from the experience of working with a soft-synth, at least in terms of programming, so while the polyphony/multi-timbrality of the Tetra seems cool, your stuck either at the computer or menu-diving.

    •  If I didn’t have a Mopho Keyboard right now and I wanted to buy a hardware synth, I’d get this.  I still think getting a Mopho Key and a Tetra would be a better option.  You get a some more options, but it’s a little more complicated.  With the Mopho 4x, it’s much more simplified, but with a little less bells and whistles.  For me, this just seems a little lackluster.  With the Mono Evolver being discontinued, I figured maybe they’d have something new up their sleeves.

  • John Truckosaur

    I’ve been edging toward my first hardware synth for a while, this one definitely hits the sweet spot of polyphony, price and controls.  If I’m going to throw down a grand+ on a synthesizer, I want to get as far away as possible from the experience of working with a soft-synth, at least in terms of programming, so while the polyphony/multi-timbrality of the Tetra seems cool, your stuck either at the computer or menu-diving.

    •  If I didn’t have a Mopho Keyboard right now and I wanted to buy a hardware synth, I’d get this.  I still think getting a Mopho Key and a Tetra would be a better option.  You get a some more options, but it’s a little more complicated.  With the Mopho 4x, it’s much more simplified, but with a little less bells and whistles.  For me, this just seems a little lackluster.  With the Mono Evolver being discontinued, I figured maybe they’d have something new up their sleeves.

  • John Truckosaur

    I’ve been edging toward my first hardware synth for a while, this one definitely hits the sweet spot of polyphony, price and controls.  If I’m going to throw down a grand+ on a synthesizer, I want to get as far away as possible from the experience of working with a soft-synth, at least in terms of programming, so while the polyphony/multi-timbrality of the Tetra seems cool, your stuck either at the computer or menu-diving.

    •  If I didn’t have a Mopho Keyboard right now and I wanted to buy a hardware synth, I’d get this.  I still think getting a Mopho Key and a Tetra would be a better option.  You get a some more options, but it’s a little more complicated.  With the Mopho 4x, it’s much more simplified, but with a little less bells and whistles.  For me, this just seems a little lackluster.  With the Mono Evolver being discontinued, I figured maybe they’d have something new up their sleeves.

  • Spazmatron

    I had a mopho keyboard for a while, and it is programmable from the panel, but it’s still a hundred times easier with the software editor.

    • John Truckosaur

      Really? In what respect?  I’m borrowing a friend’s Mopho desktop and I’ve found the software editor completely unusable on the Mac (I actually still need to look into why this is, but basically it only correctly sends/receives about half the input).  I can see how programming the sequences would be easier through a GUI, though it seems to have sufficient controls for general synth programming.

      • Spazmatron

        Don’t get me wrong, the panel knobs are fine. I just like visual feedback of where parameters are set. When you switch patches, you have to fiddle around to figure out where everything is set. And some of the sections are shared. Like the envelope section, you can press a button to choose 1, 2, 3, or all.
        Like I said, it works just fine, and is way better than the desktop box menu diving. But on my pc monitor, I can see all the parameters at a glance. I use PC, it worked fine. Maybe something with the Mac version?

        • Mdolan7777

          I agree – the editor is not particularly slick, but is very fast once you get used to it. I’ve programmed Dave Smith instruments via software since the Six-Trak and Commodore 64 in the 80s. The software editor works fine for me on Mac, sorry to hear it didn’t work out for John. I use the Mopho with MIDI on a MOTU audio interface (which tend to do MIDI well in my experience), and Tetra with its internal USB and these have worked pretty much 100%. I did shell out for the pro version of the software, if that makes a difference. The first thing I would look into is whether the MIDI interface is capable of handling dense sys-ex data streams (some do choke) … f I recall correctly, there’s a parameter in the software to vary the rate of data transmission, so you can slow it down for an interface that can’t handle it full speed.

          Anyway, I’ve already got enough DSI stuff, so this doesn’t interest me, but since it’s apparently not multi-timbral, I would pass on it in any case. I’ve always used the multit-imbral instruments from Dave as if they are multiple Pro-Ones. I personally prefer the sound of multiple independent analog voices to big keyboard chords played on a polysynth …

  • Spazmatron

    I had a mopho keyboard for a while, and it is programmable from the panel, but it’s still a hundred times easier with the software editor.

    • John Truckosaur

      Really? In what respect?  I’m borrowing a friend’s Mopho desktop and I’ve found the software editor completely unusable on the Mac (I actually still need to look into why this is, but basically it only correctly sends/receives about half the input).  I can see how programming the sequences would be easier through a GUI, though it seems to have sufficient controls for general synth programming.

      • Spazmatron

        Don’t get me wrong, the panel knobs are fine. I just like visual feedback of where parameters are set. When you switch patches, you have to fiddle around to figure out where everything is set. And some of the sections are shared. Like the envelope section, you can press a button to choose 1, 2, 3, or all.
        Like I said, it works just fine, and is way better than the desktop box menu diving. But on my pc monitor, I can see all the parameters at a glance. I use PC, it worked fine. Maybe something with the Mac version?

        • Mdolan7777

          I agree – the editor is not particularly slick, but is very fast once you get used to it. I’ve programmed Dave Smith instruments via software since the Six-Trak and Commodore 64 in the 80s. The software editor works fine for me on Mac, sorry to hear it didn’t work out for John. I use the Mopho with MIDI on a MOTU audio interface (which tend to do MIDI well in my experience), and Tetra with its internal USB and these have worked pretty much 100%. I did shell out for the pro version of the software, if that makes a difference. The first thing I would look into is whether the MIDI interface is capable of handling dense sys-ex data streams (some do choke) … f I recall correctly, there’s a parameter in the software to vary the rate of data transmission, so you can slow it down for an interface that can’t handle it full speed.

          Anyway, I’ve already got enough DSI stuff, so this doesn’t interest me, but since it’s apparently not multi-timbral, I would pass on it in any case. I’ve always used the multit-imbral instruments from Dave as if they are multiple Pro-Ones. I personally prefer the sound of multiple independent analog voices to big keyboard chords played on a polysynth …

  • Spazmatron

    I had a mopho keyboard for a while, and it is programmable from the panel, but it’s still a hundred times easier with the software editor.

    • John Truckosaur

      Really? In what respect?  I’m borrowing a friend’s Mopho desktop and I’ve found the software editor completely unusable on the Mac (I actually still need to look into why this is, but basically it only correctly sends/receives about half the input).  I can see how programming the sequences would be easier through a GUI, though it seems to have sufficient controls for general synth programming.

      • Spazmatron

        Don’t get me wrong, the panel knobs are fine. I just like visual feedback of where parameters are set. When you switch patches, you have to fiddle around to figure out where everything is set. And some of the sections are shared. Like the envelope section, you can press a button to choose 1, 2, 3, or all.
        Like I said, it works just fine, and is way better than the desktop box menu diving. But on my pc monitor, I can see all the parameters at a glance. I use PC, it worked fine. Maybe something with the Mac version?

        • Mdolan7777

          I agree – the editor is not particularly slick, but is very fast once you get used to it. I’ve programmed Dave Smith instruments via software since the Six-Trak and Commodore 64 in the 80s. The software editor works fine for me on Mac, sorry to hear it didn’t work out for John. I use the Mopho with MIDI on a MOTU audio interface (which tend to do MIDI well in my experience), and Tetra with its internal USB and these have worked pretty much 100%. I did shell out for the pro version of the software, if that makes a difference. The first thing I would look into is whether the MIDI interface is capable of handling dense sys-ex data streams (some do choke) … f I recall correctly, there’s a parameter in the software to vary the rate of data transmission, so you can slow it down for an interface that can’t handle it full speed.

          Anyway, I’ve already got enough DSI stuff, so this doesn’t interest me, but since it’s apparently not multi-timbral, I would pass on it in any case. I’ve always used the multit-imbral instruments from Dave as if they are multiple Pro-Ones. I personally prefer the sound of multiple independent analog voices to big keyboard chords played on a polysynth …

  • Impressive synth, but having to pay that much money for it and just getting an LE software editor, why sell you a pro version of the editor does not make any sense to me. I respect the idea that making a software editor the synth and all, have a huge amount of cost, But for that and a little more money you could get a virus ti desktop, and it has a free software.

  • Impressive synth, but having to pay that much money for it and just getting an LE software editor, why sell you a pro version of the editor does not make any sense to me. I respect the idea that making a software editor the synth and all, have a huge amount of cost, But for that and a little more money you could get a virus ti desktop, and it has a free software.

  • Impressive synth, but having to pay that much money for it and just getting an LE software editor, why sell you a pro version of the editor does not make any sense to me. I respect the idea that making a software editor the synth and all, have a huge amount of cost, But for that and a little more money you could get a virus ti desktop, and it has a free software.

  • active

    that giant X4 is kind of…..ugly. that is going to be addition to this discussion. and that is all. =o)

  • active

    that giant X4 is kind of…..ugly. that is going to be addition to this discussion. and that is all. =o)

  • active

    that giant X4 is kind of…..ugly. that is going to be addition to this discussion. and that is all. =o)

  • ChatoyantHoochie
  • Ats711

    kinda reminds me of my freinds korg monopoly only problem is that a used prophet 08 is only 200$ more

  • Ats711

    kinda reminds me of my freinds korg monopoly only problem is that a used prophet 08 is only 200$ more

  • Ats711

    kinda reminds me of my freinds korg monopoly only problem is that a used prophet 08 is only 200$ more

  • Yuri Kazaslov

    There is still another, truly new synth on the way from DSI. It will probably be announced at Winter NAMM. It won’t be another slightly-different-Prophet-08-voice synth, like the Mopho and Tetra are. I’m hoping it’s as exceptional as the Evolver synths. Not to take anything away from the X4, seems a nice synth and definitely makes me GAS for it. Just some info for anyone who may be thinking DSI is getting redundant.

  • Yuri Kazaslov

    There is still another, truly new synth on the way from DSI. It will probably be announced at Winter NAMM. It won’t be another slightly-different-Prophet-08-voice synth, like the Mopho and Tetra are. I’m hoping it’s as exceptional as the Evolver synths. Not to take anything away from the X4, seems a nice synth and definitely makes me GAS for it. Just some info for anyone who may be thinking DSI is getting redundant.

  • Yuri Kazaslov

    There is still another, truly new synth on the way from DSI. It will probably be announced at Winter NAMM. It won’t be another slightly-different-Prophet-08-voice synth, like the Mopho and Tetra are. I’m hoping it’s as exceptional as the Evolver synths. Not to take anything away from the X4, seems a nice synth and definitely makes me GAS for it. Just some info for anyone who may be thinking DSI is getting redundant.

  • prof_lofi

    I own the Evolver and the Tetra. The Evolver is brilliant, the Tetra is a sham…too many problems to even go into (google Gearslutz for Tetra OS issues for a 98 post long list of problems)…DSI made it and then dropped any real bug fixes in order to push out the Tempest and I guess this thing, leaving those of us who had invested in that BRICK out in the cold. Too bad as I was a die-hard DSI evangelist post-Evolver, but after the Tetra, NEVER again.

    • tennis_racket

      Over the past few years DSI have earned a reputation for prematurely releasing gear packed full of bugs, and then focusing their energies on the next product.  Last I heard they have just one guy coding for them.  That’s just one guy to write and maintain the code for their entire lineup.  I think they’re just now _looking_ to hire a 2nd programmer.

      The attached image was posted to the “unofficial” DSI forum dsiforum.org.

      • Billthompson

         Too true I’m afraid. Like I said, Mono Evolver=Brilliant, Tetra=Brick.

  • prof_lofi

    I own the Evolver and the Tetra. The Evolver is brilliant, the Tetra is a sham…too many problems to even go into (google Gearslutz for Tetra OS issues for a 98 post long list of problems)…DSI made it and then dropped any real bug fixes in order to push out the Tempest and I guess this thing, leaving those of us who had invested in that BRICK out in the cold. Too bad as I was a die-hard DSI evangelist post-Evolver, but after the Tetra, NEVER again.

    • tennis_racket

      Over the past few years DSI have earned a reputation for prematurely releasing gear packed full of bugs, and then focusing their energies on the next product.  Last I heard they have just one guy coding for them.  That’s just one guy to write and maintain the code for their entire lineup.  I think they’re just now _looking_ to hire a 2nd programmer.

      The attached image was posted to the “unofficial” DSI forum dsiforum.org.

      • Billthompson

         Too true I’m afraid. Like I said, Mono Evolver=Brilliant, Tetra=Brick.

  • prof_lofi

    I own the Evolver and the Tetra. The Evolver is brilliant, the Tetra is a sham…too many problems to even go into (google Gearslutz for Tetra OS issues for a 98 post long list of problems)…DSI made it and then dropped any real bug fixes in order to push out the Tempest and I guess this thing, leaving those of us who had invested in that BRICK out in the cold. Too bad as I was a die-hard DSI evangelist post-Evolver, but after the Tetra, NEVER again.

    • tennis_racket

      Over the past few years DSI have earned a reputation for prematurely releasing gear packed full of bugs, and then focusing their energies on the next product.  Last I heard they have just one guy coding for them.  That’s just one guy to write and maintain the code for their entire lineup.  I think they’re just now _looking_ to hire a 2nd programmer.

      The attached image was posted to the “unofficial” DSI forum dsiforum.org.

      • Billthompson

         Too true I’m afraid. Like I said, Mono Evolver=Brilliant, Tetra=Brick.

  • Kabletx

    I’ll be interested in DSI when they fix the tetra. Until then, no.

    • Jeff

      Hey, a friend of mine just picked up one of these. I was very impressed with the sound. What bug(s) are you referring to? I was considering the tetra, but now this looks far more interesting.

  • Kabletx

    I’ll be interested in DSI when they fix the tetra. Until then, no.

    • Jeff

      Hey, a friend of mine just picked up one of these. I was very impressed with the sound. What bug(s) are you referring to? I was considering the tetra, but now this looks far more interesting.

  • Kabletx

    I’ll be interested in DSI when they fix the tetra. Until then, no.

    • Jeff

      Hey, a friend of mine just picked up one of these. I was very impressed with the sound. What bug(s) are you referring to? I was considering the tetra, but now this looks far more interesting.

  • rawe

    I
    agree with other comments, the soundtower software is pain in the ass
    IMO. (osx with mopho)

    I
    bought the pro version and was very disappointed… Bugs aside, I don’t
    understand why one has to surround the knobs instead of them acting like faders…
    And a plug in version should have been here a long time ago… Now I have to pay
    again for it? No thanks.  ctrlr.org is a
    possibility, but although the maker (atom) working on it very hard, it’s still
    pretty beta AFAIK. (this specific panel and the whole DIY midi control system)

    So I
    control everything from within m4l, the only thing still missing are sysex
    dumbs.  (which could be done with a mac external,
    but couldn’t wrap my head around it yet) But I just sync the machine by passing
    all cc’s.

  • rawe

    I
    agree with other comments, the soundtower software is pain in the ass
    IMO. (osx with mopho)

    I
    bought the pro version and was very disappointed… Bugs aside, I don’t
    understand why one has to surround the knobs instead of them acting like faders…
    And a plug in version should have been here a long time ago… Now I have to pay
    again for it? No thanks.  ctrlr.org is a
    possibility, but although the maker (atom) working on it very hard, it’s still
    pretty beta AFAIK. (this specific panel and the whole DIY midi control system)

    So I
    control everything from within m4l, the only thing still missing are sysex
    dumbs.  (which could be done with a mac external,
    but couldn’t wrap my head around it yet) But I just sync the machine by passing
    all cc’s.

  • rawe

    I
    agree with other comments, the soundtower software is pain in the ass
    IMO. (osx with mopho)

    I
    bought the pro version and was very disappointed… Bugs aside, I don’t
    understand why one has to surround the knobs instead of them acting like faders…
    And a plug in version should have been here a long time ago… Now I have to pay
    again for it? No thanks.  ctrlr.org is a
    possibility, but although the maker (atom) working on it very hard, it’s still
    pretty beta AFAIK. (this specific panel and the whole DIY midi control system)

    So I
    control everything from within m4l, the only thing still missing are sysex
    dumbs.  (which could be done with a mac external,
    but couldn’t wrap my head around it yet) But I just sync the machine by passing
    all cc’s.

  • peterkirnsuxdix

    new synth to beat, DSI and $1299 in the same post is just hilarious.

  • sacredgeometry

    I understand the marketing behind this (half way between the prophet etc) but imho 5  note polyphony is the sweet spot. It means you can have a triad in the right hand and octaved bass in the left and its about the minimum for any comping without sacrificing those rich chords … its a shame be didnt make the prophet a pro 10 instead 🙁 

    Its not for me but its exactly right for so many people I am sure. 

    p.s. dave needs a designer to work on refining what is 90% of the way there to being a beautiful line of instruments. 

  • sacredgeometry

    I understand the marketing behind this (half way between the prophet etc) but imho 5  note polyphony is the sweet spot. It means you can have a triad in the right hand and octaved bass in the left and its about the minimum for any comping without sacrificing those rich chords … its a shame be didnt make the prophet a pro 10 instead 🙁 

    Its not for me but its exactly right for so many people I am sure. 

    p.s. dave needs a designer to work on refining what is 90% of the way there to being a beautiful line of instruments. 

  • sacredgeometry

    I understand the marketing behind this (half way between the prophet etc) but imho 5  note polyphony is the sweet spot. It means you can have a triad in the right hand and octaved bass in the left and its about the minimum for any comping without sacrificing those rich chords … its a shame be didnt make the prophet a pro 10 instead 🙁 

    Its not for me but its exactly right for so many people I am sure. 

    p.s. dave needs a designer to work on refining what is 90% of the way there to being a beautiful line of instruments.