The analog percussion synth is also Eurorack compatible.

Moog‘s first product of 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 of 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 of its Eurorack family of instruments, which launched in 2015 with the Mother-32 semi-modular synthesizer, though it also functions as a standalone unit.

Drummer From Another Mother

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 of some very wild sounds.

Drummer From Another Mother and Mother-32

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.

Read next: Buying a drum machine: What to consider and where to get the best deals



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