This Special Edition of the Mopho keyboard gives you 44 notes to play as opposed to the standard version's 32. The extra octave on the SE is a welcome addition in terms of playability, and makes it a much better proposition as a controller. Also, despite the bigger footprint, the SE is still very compact and portable.
The SE's architecture is the same as in the Mopho module and Keyboard (and the Mopho X4, but that's monophonic, not polyphonic). There are two DCOs with saw, tri, saw-tri and variable pulse waves, (alas, no sine), plus a sub oscillator per oscillator.
The overall Mopho character is well defined and upfront, though it can also do warm, smudgy and juicy, particularly with the powerful self-oscillating resonance of the four-pole filter. The Mopho SE can nail most classic monosynth sounds, and the tuning is very stable due to the DCO architecture.
If you're considering the Mopho Keyboard, then we would definitely jump for the SE instead considering the relatively small price difference. It looks classier and the extra octave is indispensable.4 Stars
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