Just when you thought that analogue synths had reached a pinnacle of what could be achieved Moog have announced DFAM, a product that looks and feels familiar but is entirely new.
Moog have now officially introduced the DFAM (Drummer From Another Mother), the first addition to the Mother eco-system of semi-modular analog synthesizers. The Moog DFAM is an original electronic instrument for the exploration of new concepts in rhythm and resonance.
Drummer From Another Mother (DFAM) is a highly-interactive, Semi-Modular Analog Percussion Synthesizer and a vibrant deviation from the traditional drum machine-presenting an expressive hands-on approach to percussive pattern creation.
Activated by an easy-to-use analogue sequencer, DFAM's emotive sound begins with a white noise generator and two wide-range analogue oscillators. Oscillator hard sync and FM cross-modulation invite effortless transitions between rhythmic pulsations, resounding bass and resonant bells in an instant. DFAM's distinctive voice is then shaped by a versatile Moog Ladder filter with two selectable modes: Low Pass mode imparts impact and dimension to each sound it touches, while High Pass mode opens the door to naturally expressive strikes, spikes and clangorous accentuations.
DFAM’s fully analog circuitry behaves much like a living organism, reacting in different ways to input from different individuals. To demonstrate the sounds of this new synthesizer, Moog enlisted DJ Haram, Stud1nt, and Umfang -- all members of NY’s Discwoman collective. Watch as they explore the new Semi-Modular Analog Percussion Synthesizer from their own personal creative spaces.
The new Moog DFAM is the first addition to the Mother ecosystem of electronic instruments and each DFAM includes a package of patch cables, inviting interconnectivity via the synthesizer’s 24-point modular patchbay. Create new sounds or bizarre behaviors, synchronize an unlimited number of DFAM and Mother-32 synthesizers together, or fully integrate this analog instrument into a modular Eurorack production environment.
Each Moog DFAM is lovingly designed, assembled, calibrated and tested in Asheville, NC at their employee-owned factory.
Full specs of the Moog DFAM:
SOUND ENGINE: Analog
ANALOG SEQUENCER: 8-Steps With Pitch and Velocity Per-Step
SEQUENCER PANEL CONTROLS: Tempo, Run/Stop, Trigger, Advance
SOUND SOURCES: 2 Oscillators With Square and Triangle Waveforms, 1 White Noise Generator, 1 External Audio Input
FREQUENCY CONTROL: +/- 5 Octaves (10 Octave Range)
MIXER: Level controls for Oscillator 1, Oscillator 2 and White Noise/External Audio Input
FILTER: 20Hz-20KHz Switchable Low Pass / High Pass 4-Pole Transistor Ladder Filter
ENVELOPES: VCO EG w/ Voltage Controlled Decay and Bipolar Amount Control, VCF EG w/ Voltage Controlled Decay and Bipolar Amount Control, VCA EG w/ Voltage Controlled Decay and Selectable Fast/Slow Attack Time
PATCHBAY: 24x 3.5mm Jacks
PATCHBAY INPUTS: Trigger, VCA CV, Velocity, VCA Decay, External Audio, VCF Decay, Noise Level, VCO Decay, VCF Mod, VCO 1 CV, 1→2 FM Amount, VCO 2 CV, Tempo, Run/Stop, Advance/Clock.
PATCHBAY OUTPUTS: VCA, VCA EG, VCF EG, VCO EG, VCO 1, VCO 2, Trigger, Velocity, Pitch.
AUDIO OUTPUT: ¼” TS Line / ¼” TRS Headphones (Shared Output Jack)
INCLUDED POWER SUPPLY: 100-240VAC; 50-60Hz, +12VDC 1200mA
POWER CONSUMPTION: 3.0W
EURORACK CURRENT DRAW: 230mA (+12V – from 10-pin header)
EURORACK MOUNTING DIMENSIONS: 60HP (1”/26mm Module Depth)
DIMENSIONS: 12.57”W x 4.21“H (with knobs) x 5.24“D