The analog percussion synth is also Eurorack compatible.
Moog‘s first product 2018 probably isn’t what you’d expect from the Asheville company. Drummer From Another Mother isn’t a synth but a drum machine, the commercial version a limited DIY kit that was available to Moogfest attendees last year.
Moog is calling the DFAM an “analog percussion synthesizer” as opposed to just a simple drum machine. It’s the second member its Eurorack family instruments, which launched in 2015 with the Mother-32 semi-modular synthesizer, though it also functions as a standalone unit.
Like the Mother-32, the DFAM is marked out by a 24-point patchbay that allows it to be patched to itself, a Mother-32 or other Eurorack modules. However, it also features a standalone sequencer if you’re daunted by patch cables or don’t have the cash to expand into modular.
The DFAM boasts some impressive features. The sound engine comprises a white noise generator and two wide-range analog oscillators with oscillator hard sync and FM cross-modulation for instant transitions between “rhythmic pulsations, resounding bass and resonant bells”. There’s also a Moog ladder filter with high and low-pass modes and three dedicated analog envelopes, which Moog says makes it capable some very wild sounds.
Each DFAM will include some Moog patch cables in the box and will cost $599. That’s a little more than Roland’s TR-08 drum machine, but you’re getting a real analog engine with Moog’s instrument and extensive Eurorack patching capabilities.
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