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The Moog DFAM: Semi-modular percussion synthesizer

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The first expansion of the Moog Mother ecosystem, after the release of the Mother 32 in 2015, the DFAM (Drummer From Another Mother) is a monophonic analogue percussion instrument in the same form factor as the Mother 32. Like the Mother 32 it will integrate nicely into a Eurorack system and contains a 24 point patch bay, giving you loads of modular control and creative routing options!

One of the first things to understand about the DFAM, is it's not a drum machine in the mould of the classic Roland TR units. Moog have designed it as a percussion synthesizer and have endeavoured to make its behaviour as lively and organic as possible. It's pretty ferocious! The DFAM is definitely one of the most hands on, creative percussion units we've seen. You sit down thinking you'll do one thing and within minutes it's taken you on a wild ride to something completely new and unique.

The two wide-range analogue oscillators are coupled with a white noise generator to give you plenty of thump and raw power, these are then fed into a classic Moog ladder filter with selectable High Pass or Low Pass to shape the sound accordingly. The VCO, VCF and VCA can be modulated by envelope generators and all this is controlled by an 8-step analogue sequencer, which features dedicated pitch and velocity controls. The semi-modular architecture allows you to create without touching the patch bay, but if you want to get patching you'll open up a whole new world of sonic options. With CV outputs for trigger, velocity and pitch, the DFAM will play nice with other Eurorack modules, but is also a great option for someone wanting to test the waters of modular synthesis, without fully diving in.

Anyone familiar with using synthesizers to make bleeps and bloops will feel right at home with the DFAM. But that doesn't mean you'll only be dialling up percussive grooves. You can create some pretty gnarly bass sounds or even very pretty atmospheric patches (when coupled with the right effects). As we mentioned earlier it's super dynamic, almost wild at times and really rewards anyone willing to sit down and explore it. Moog have definitely created a machine that defies category parameters; it's not a drum machine, it's not just a mono-synth, it offers a ton of options and is kind of whatever you can wrestle it into being.

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Check out our in-store video of the DFAM below (warning, it gets pretty loud towards the end!):

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