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  • tetra + mopho keyboard VS mopho x4

    I already have a tetra.

    lack of hands on control is starting to really get on my nerves.

    not sure if I should sell my tetra and buy a x4 or keep the tetra and buy a mopho keyboard.

    decisions decisions.

    What would you do?

  • #2
    If I had a Tetra, I'd keep it and buy the X4, since the extra voices (and keys) are worth the price difference between an X4 and a Mopho keyboard.
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    • #3
      I'll add that whether you choose an X4 or Mopho keyboard, you'll still only be able to tweak and edit the Tetra monotimbrally.

      I can appreciate the efforts Dave Smith took to release a polyphonic Mopho in keyboard form, but the Tetra is really the one that deserves it most.
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      • #4
        ya that's just it.... but really, I HATE editing sounds on the tetra at the moment, I'm a really hands on type person, i know how to use the menus but it's no fun and takes too long. Also I don't like using the editor.

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        • #5
          ya that's just it.... but really, I HATE editing sounds on the tetra at the moment, I'm a really hands on type person, i know how to use the menus but it's no fun and takes too long. Also I don't like using the editor.


          I'm with you there. I never liked having only 4 knobs and a lot of menus to scroll through. Software editors are a little bit better than menu diving, but I still prefer a broad control panel with a lot of dedicated knobs.

          I know a lot of manufacturers try to make the most common parameters immediately accessible -- since real time parameter adjustment is often a part of how you play the instrument -- but a lot of them are resorting to matrix editors to save on production costs. I'm not a huge fan of those, either. I'd rather pay more for more knobs.
          Kronos, Fant.G8, PC3X, K2500RS, A6, Q, M3-61, Fant.X7, Motif 8, EX5(x2), V-Synth, K2000(x2), D50, JD800, JD990, JP8080, XP30, MC909, MC505, JX-10, JX-305, TR-707, Juno 1, DR-202, Radias, Triton Pro, Wavest. SR, EMX1, ESX1, ER-1, EA-1, R3, Poly 800, RS7000, FS1R (x2), RM1X, AN200, DX200, QY70, QY100, K5000S, OB-12, Maschine,ASR10,ASR88,ASR-X Pro, EPS,Virus B, Equinox,E-Mu XL-7,MiniAK, Synthstation,X-Station, XioSynth,TG33,Venom,V50,UltraNova,Z1,Spark,Moog LP Stage II, JP8000,Tetra,Supernova 2.

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          • #6
            I'm really loving my Mopho X4. Seems like just the right physical package and amount of complexity. I really don't care about multitimbral.
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            • #7
              If I had a Tetra, I'd keep it and buy the X4, since the extra voices (and keys) are worth the price difference between an X4 and a Mopho keyboard.


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              • #8
                I already have a tetra.

                lack of hands on control is starting to really get on my nerves.

                not sure if I should sell my tetra and buy a x4 or keep the tetra and buy a mopho keyboard.

                decisions decisions.

                What would you do?


                Do you use multimode or combo mode a lot on the Tetra? Or do you use it mostly in polyphonic mode? If the latter, it may well be worth trading the Tetra for the Mopho x4 for the knobbier interface. The Mopho OS is also a lot more stable and bug-free compared to the Tetra, so the Mx4 should give you a very smooth user experience.

                However if you use multimode/combo a lot, then get a Mopho keyboard and keep the Tetra. It's the slightly more expensive option of the two (assuming a used Tetra price of ~650USD), but definitely a more powerful setup when it comes to multimbrality (5-part vs mono).

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