Dave Smith Instruments Mopho synth VST editor overview

Submitted by on Sep 11, 2012

Hey what’s good fam, just wanted to follow up my DSI Mopho review with a look at the editor I had mentioned.

One of the main reasons I don’t particularly use the editor is because it the mopho doesn’t have a usb connection so it requires a different setup for me to connect the midi in/out to my computer and still be able to play it from my keys. I prefer to be able to play it directly as I usually just sample/play all my hardware in real time into Maschine or Ableton or whatever software I’m using.

However I did want to show what it looks like and the version I use.

I use the PlugSE version from soundtower though I’ve bought it as well as the mopho editor from rekon audio.  I prefer the soundtower plugin version over the rekon audio vst because of the visual graphs for the filter and envelope settings. I also prefer the PlugSE version over the standalone soundtower version as in my experience it is a little more “refined” design wise as well as it seems to be more reliable for me in terms of bi-directional communication between the mopho and my computer.

One thing I will say about editors, thought I do love tweaking stuff from hardware units I also love having an editor available, when it works properly it’s quite a useful feature. I’m definitely a “hybrid” type of person in that I like the best features and functionality of hardware and software. So I can get the sound, character, and fun factor of hardware with the deep editing and control, as well as big screen that software provides.

I honstly feel all synths these days should come with a usb port for basic software connectivity, I don’t need them to be vst editors personally, I just love having the ability to dig into a synth on my big monitor and going back and forth between that and hands on control is really cool.

Things like programming arps and sequencers, modulations, etc, really become fast when using an editor.

Anyway, this editor isn’t free, I paid $59.99 for it and the standalone “Pro” editor in a package. Though I use this one pretty much exclusively.

You can get it from soundtower: http://www.soundtower.com/mopho/index.htm

Let me know your thoughts on hardware synths and workstations coming with their own software editors

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3 years 14 days ago

SJ: This is a nice vst. I do think it may take some tweaking for someone new to get things just right. I do like it…Thanks for bringing this one to us.

3 years 14 days ago

cool man, thanks for checking out the editor, works well with the synth

3 years 12 days ago

Hey saintjoe, thanks for this review. I just got my mopho and i love it, but i had a quick question about the editor i thought u might be able to help me with. Im thinking about buying the plug in version from soundtower. I just downloaded the demo of it, and ive tried out the standalone LE as well. I can get it to work so that when i change a parameter in the editor it changes the parameter in the hardware with no problem. But whatever i do, if i tweak a knob on the mopho the parameter change doesnt register in the editor. I saw you had no problem doing this in your review. Ive tried various midi setups so im not sure how to fix it. i would really appreciate and pointers or midi setup advice you have concerning how you got that to work. Thanks!

3 years 12 days ago

make sure you have the proper midi input port setup in the editor otherwise it will only send and not receive. Also go into your global menu and make sure you have Midi outsel set to “out”.

3 years 12 days ago

Yea i just double checked all that and it was set correctly. Its strange because if i turn the program knob on the mopho, the program changes in the editor to the appropriate program. But if i tweak a parameter knob on the mopho it doesnt change in the editor

3 years 12 days ago

Make sure in the global menu the global parameter MParam Send is set toe NRPN and make sure Midi sysex is on too

3 years 12 days ago

yea all set correctly, it seems like ive tried everything, but . thanks for taking the time to help me out

3 years 12 days ago

hmmmm, check the midi input channel in the editor? You can set the output and input channel, make sure it matches the synth.

3 years 12 days ago

tried that too, i just dont get why the program knob would change the program in the editor with no problem but the parameter knobs wouldnt change the parameters in the editor. im gonna have to email sound tower or something.

3 years 12 days ago

yeah I’m stumped you seem to have everything setup the same way I do lol. Is M Param Rec set to All?

3 years 11 days ago

yea, M Param Rec has been set to all the whole time. It’s a mystery lol. I just sent an email to sound tower. Ill let you know if they figure it out.

3 years 11 days ago

keep me posted fam!

James Elijah Vialpando
3 years 13 hours ago

Hey cool review! I like that mopho! I have a question about your studio setup. How much RAM does your pc have? and what type of studio monitors do you use! Im looking to upgrade and thought Id ask ya

PS: Love Your Reviews! Only Site I trust!

3 years 8 hours ago

Thanks man, yeah it’s a cool synth. I have 24gb of ram and currently use KRK Rokit 5 monitors.

thanks for the support!

2 years 11 months ago

So it (VST) works in Maschine no problems?

2 years 11 months ago

Yeah it works with no issues.

2 years 10 months ago

You also have the Mopho VSTi Editor for Windows by MKDR.net. It works well and is less expensive (€10).

2 years 10 months ago

Indeed, I forgot about that one! I have it too. I’m no longer using the editors these days, just recording audio live and controlling from my keyboard. I’m looking to upgrade to the Tetra and then I’ll probably use an editor for that since it’s got a usb connection and I don’t have to give up my midi input/output.

But yes, the MKDR.net editor is nice as well. I thought this one had a bit more polish graphically.