Moog DFAM Drummer From Another Mother Semi-Modular Analog Percussion Synthesizer

Build percussive patterns with Moog's all-analog drum machine -- no patching required! Turn the knobs to dial in sizzling snares, tubby toms and thick kicks.

The Moog Drummer From Another Mother (DFAM) is a highly interactive, Semi-Modular Analog Percussion Synthesizer and a vibrant deviation from the traditional drum machine. Handcrafted in Asheville, NC by the employee-owners at the Moog Factory, DFAM is the first addition to the Mother-32 family of synthesizers and presents an expressive hands-on approach to percussive pattern creation. It requires no patching, and absolutely no experience is needed for human-beings of any age to quickly begin synthesizing new and unique rhythmic compositions.

Moog shows off just a taste of what the DFAM is capable of:

Activated by an easy-to-use analog sequencer, DFAM's emotive sound begins with a white noise generator and two wide-range analog 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 behaves much like a living organism, reacting in different ways to different individuals. This is due to 3 dedicated analog envelopes working dynamically with the sequencer to ensure that tribal toms breathe, industrial impacts evolve, and cacophonous chaos can be spawned or subdued at the turn of a knob. read more

Each DFAM ships with a package of Moog patch cables that unlock access to the 24-point modular patchbay. Use it to create new sounds or bizarre behaviors, synchronize an unlimited number of DFAM and Mother-32 units together, or fully integrate your analog instrument into a modular Eurorack production environment.

Through exploration and experimentation, the vast potential of this expressive analog instrument is realized.

Check out some quick tips from Moog on how to get started with the DFAM:


- Semi-Modular: No patching required. Anyone can create unique and impactful analog rhythms.
- 100% Analog: Unbridled sonic flexibility for a lifetime of percussive inspiration.
- 2 Oscillators: Ultra-wide range sound generation - craft everything from subtly pulsing cadences to clangorous cacophony and floor-splitting bass.
- Selectable Analog Filters: Dynamically sculpt your sound with a Low Pass or High Pass Ladder filter.
- 3 Envelopes: Interact dynamically with velocity to impart "human" variation to your sound.
- 8-Step Analog Sequencer With Velocity: Vibrantly continuous control over each note.
- 24 Patch Points: Explore modular patching or connect to a Mother-32 to create a 3-oscillator leviathan.
- Link Multiple Units: Rack up multiple DFAM and Mother-32 units for evocative analog compositions.
- External Audio Input: Process other sounds through DFAM's analog circuitry
- Eurorack Compatible: Easily remove DFAM from its case and mount it into a Eurorack system. (Requires a 10 to 16 PIN Eurorack cable)
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- 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, 1x21922 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: 1/4" TS Line / 1/4" 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)
- Weight: 3.5lbs
- Dimensions: 12.57"W x 4.21"H (with knobs) x 5.24"D
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 14 x 8 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MOD-DFAM-01
Shipping Weight: 5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 14 x 8 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MOD-DFAM-01

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 828-251-0090

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted December 13, 2018 by Jay H in Dover, DE

"Nice Sound but Very limiting"

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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DFAM - is a synthesizer drum module by Moog. It's great for creating some off the wall electronic sounding drums. Twisting the knobs turns on the magic and helps you form the sound of your drum beat in many possible ways. It's the best feature of the unit and keeps it quite interesting with all the combinations that you can pull off. The limiting aspect of the DFAM are the 8 step sequences that are rather limiting to its overall usability. If you're interesting in creating short 8 step loop patterns than this is your prime weapon but if you're looking to create a song with alternating parts and rhythms the DFAM really does fall quite short and that's the saddest thing about the unit. You can tweak and modify the drums to change the pattern on the fly but without a real A/B beat type of setting it's hard to be fast enough to twist them back to your original beat if you're trying to make a more interesting drum pattern.What it is cool for is knob diddling music like EDM or Techno where there's not going to be a singer or performer over the music and it's fine to run the same pattern continuously while morphing it with the knobs at will. I found the DFAM to sound amazing and quite unique. It's drum sounds remind me of Bjork, NIN & The Prodigy. There is quite a bit of room for some truly experimental music with this little box if you're going to adapt it into an actual song vs. a running beat.I have an idea of using a looper to build the drum track I want with the DFAM although I read more think it really takes away the fun of it really being a "live" machine.

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