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Moog DFAM Semi-Modular Eurorack Analog Percussion Synthesizer
The Moog DFAM (Drummer From Another Mother) is a semi-modular, percussive 8-step synthesizer tailor-made for big, fat drum sounds. With a pre-wired design, the DFAM requires no patching, making it extremely easy to use. With two wide-range analog oscillators, a white noise generator, Moog’s classic Ladder filter, and three dedicated envelope filters, the DFAM has everything you need to quickly start synthesizing new and unique rhythms.
RICH ANALOG SOUNDS
DFAM is equipped with three sound sources for sculpting thick, rich drum sounds: two VCOs and a white noise generator. Each Oscillator contains two selectable Waveforms, each with a distinctly different sound. The Triangle wave is a very smooth and “warm” sounding waveform consisting of odd-numbered harmonics only, making it ideal for crafting organic percussion sounds like toms or marimbas, and also for recreating classic analog drum sounds. The Square wave provides more harmonic content and a more aggressive sound, making it better suited for creating deep, hard-hitting bass sounds or adding metallic characteristics to higher pitched FM sounds. Blend signals together with the built-in white noise generator or an external audio input for limitless possibilities.
SIMPLE SOUND SCULPTING
The DFAM features the classic Moog Ladder Filter topology, with both Low Pass and High Pass frequency responses available, making it easy to sculpt everything from kicks and snares to hi hats and bells. Dial in tight, punchy kicks or fat, sustained snares using dedicated analog envelopes for the VCO, VCF and VCA circuits.
The Moog DFAM is an intuitive drum machine uniquely expressive hands-on approach to percussive pattern creation. Quickly create rhythms using DFAMs 8-step sequencer. Two rows of knobs provide control over pitch and velocity, with separate controls for tempo. You can even manually trigger sounds using the trigger button. An expansive patchbay with 24 3.5 mm patch points makes it easy to integrate additional synthesis modules. You can even combine DFAM with a Moog Mother-32 to unlock new all new possibilities, or push the sonic limits even farther with complete Eurorack integration.
- 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, one white noise generator, and one external audio input
- Frequency control: ±5 octaves (10 octave ange)
- Mixer: Level controls for Oscillator 1, Oscillator 2 and white noise/external audio input
- Filter: 20 Hz - 20 kHz switchable low pass/high pass 4-Pole transistor ladder filter
- Envelopes: VCO EG with Voltage Controlled Decay and Bipolar Amount Control, VCF EG with Voltage Controlled Decay and Bipolar Amount Control, VCA EG with Voltage Controlled Decay and Selectable Fast/Slow Attack Time
- Patchbay: 24 x 3.5 mm 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 - 240 VAC; 50 - 60 Hz, +12 VDC 1200 mA
- Power consumption: 3 W
|Unit Weight||3.5 lb|
|Output Connectors||1/4-inch TRS, 1/4-inch TS|
|Module Slot Count||60hp|
|Connector Type||3.5 mm|
|Power Consumption||230 mA (+12 V from 10-pin header)|
After watching a few videos on the DFAM I decided to take the plunge and purchase my first synth. Within two minutes I was making music. The instrument is easy to play but will take some time and study to master! It was such a rewarding experience that I decided to scrape together just enough to get the Mother 32 to accompany it. Yikes.....I'm smitten! Moog has made their instruments easy enough to encourage beginners (me) but deep enough for wizards. People sometimes say the DFAM has little depth but it really requires a willingness go explore it. The DFAMis truly a remarkable instrument.
The sequencer has some flaws -- the most of which is that it doesn't have a trigger for resetting back to step 1, so everything has to be in 8 steps. Would be cool to limit it to 6 steps for 6/8 pieces, or better yet, extend the sequencer to two pages (for a max of 16) and still have the flexibility to cut off the sequence after, say, 12 steps.
But speaking of the sound -- it's incredible. They really did tune their oscillators and controls so that making synthesized drum/perc sounds is intuitive. Everything sounds great. They're not realistic drum sounds and they're not supposed to be. It's all about using attack, decay, glide, noise, etc, to make classic creative drum sounds a la 808 kicks, etc.
DAW integration could be better, but it's an awesome sounding Moog drum synth for 500-600. Definitely worth it.
Bought this piece with the Mother 32 and they are both absolutely beautiful pieces. Made for eachother. I feel like they will take a long time to learn, but every day I learn a bit more about them and enjoy every step of the way
Very good customer service. I emailed a question regarding my order and received a prompt response. The DFAM is love at first sight.
great percussive synth.
Love this little noise box!
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