Moog Music is one of the most ubiquitous names in music technology. Dating back to its founding in 1953 by Robert Arthur Moog, the company grew into a massive signal processing musical instrument and modular voltage-controlled analog synthesizer manufacturer that paved the way for synthesizer utilization in music and live performances. The first commercialized Moog synth was commissioned by Alwin Nikolais Dance Theater of NY in 1964, and after a few years of wildly successful records, performances, presentations, and conventions, Bob Moog’s creations became highly sought-after additions to every serious musician’s studio repertoire.
Today, Moog Music is thriving better than ever. With a lineup that includes modular and semi-modular synths, theremins, keyboards, guitar pedals, sequencers, and iPhone apps, the company has cemented its place in music-making history for a long time to come. Last week, they announced the latest addition to their family. The synthesizer, called the Drummer From Another Mother (aka DFAM), is the followup to their Mother ecosystem spearheaded by the Mother 32. It is their “hands-on approach to percussive pattern creation…that requires no patching and no [previous synth] experience.” The DFAM was first introduced as a DIY kit for an engineering workshop at Moog’s famous Moogfest in North Carolina. After the demand for a purchasable DFAM grew astronomically, the company decided to release them commercially.
Unlike most conventional drum machines, the DFAM is a monophonic synth, meaning that you can only produce one sound at any given time. Most drum machines are polyphonic, allowing you to create a full beat. That being said, the possibilities with DFAM in terms of sound design, clarity, and ease of use make it a surefire bet. The 24-point patchbay, three dedicated analog envelopes, size, and shape all work together for a convenient, out-of-the-box experience right from the get-go. When patched together with an unlimited number of other Mother 32 and DFAM units, the possibilities for Eurorack expansion are near limitless.
Explore the boundless wonder of Moog’s latest innovation, the Drummer From Another Mother. Check the tech specs, demo, and sample sounds below. The DFAM retails for $599 USD.
DFAM Tech Specs:
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: 100-240V AC; 50-60Hz, +12V DC 1200mA
– Power consumption: 3.0W
– Eurorack current draw: 230mA (+12V – from 10-pin header)
– Eurorack mounting dimensions: 60HP (1”/26mm module depth)
– Weight: 3.5lbs
– Dimensions: 12.57”W x 4.21“H (with knobs) x 5.24“D
– Price: $599 USD