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Percussion Synthesizer
Published June 2018
By Paul Nagle


Moog’s Drummer From Another Mother cocks an inventive snook at conventional percussion synthesis.

In the Mother‑32, Moog created a petite and accessible desktop synth with a built-in gravitational pull towards the black hole known as Eurorack. Hoping to earn the same love and popularity, the follow-up is the DFAM, a percussion-focussed analogue synthesizer with a built‑in step sequencer. Once again Moog have fitted a panel of patch points, just in case you haven’t yet been sucked into an alternate dimension.

The Defamation Game

Nobody thinks up wacky product names quite like Moog and, as such, the Drummer From Another Mother really needs no further comment. Fortunately, DFAM rolls nicely off the tongue, so let’s stick with that!

In its quest to supply tweakable electronic drum sounds, this synth somehow crams two VCOs, three envelopes, a classic Moog filter, a step sequencer and that 3x8 patchbay into almost no space at all. Although presented as a neatly angled desktop unit, the DFAM will slot into a Eurorack case (where it occupies 60hp), or into one of Moog’s own Mother rack stands.

The finish is to a high standard throughout and all the regular knobs are pleasingly smooth and set in plenty of space. The switches have a small amount of play in them but the only real suggestion of penny-pinching is found when you reach for the sequencer — its 16 knobless stalks rate as poor in comparison to the other controls. I could just about tolerate this sort of size...

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Published June 2018