Moog Semi-Modulars, Working Them In

Moog Mother-32 and DFAM (Drummer From Another Mother)

by AVAZELAFONE

I haven’t had these for very long, but the Moog Mother-32 and the Moog Drummer From Another Mother are definitely capable of producing beautiful tones and savage noises.  Fantastic little beasties!  You can hear the M-32 as a primary instrument in “Indivisibly Pink,” although the lead is both the Moog and an Arturia Minibrute SE stacked on top of each other, audio-wise.

One of the new the new tracks I’m working on is centered around a lovely Moog line – a rather buttery-sounding horn tone vaguely reminiscent of the unforgivable excesses of certain prog-rock acts, although it isn’t.  At least, I hope not.  With a robust sequencer on board, the M-32 is just begging to be programmed and stored.

The DFAM, on the other hand, is much less intuitive than the M-32.  Trying to coax a compelling percussion out of it is no simple matter.  However, the effort can prove worthwhile.  When you do hit upon the right alignment of its many knobs and dials you’ll know it.  And speaking of knobs, my unit deviates from the standard issue Moog machine in that I have replaced a number of knobs with larger aftermarket knobs, nineteen actually.  The originals seemed more slender twig of a fiddler stick than functional.  But what a small price to pay for such a remarkable synth.