A collection of tasty synth recipes. Instruments and effects mixed together to form a tasty treat.

RECIPE #69 – Moog DFAM Acid Basslines

Who said Moog DFAM is only for drums? The name may be deceiving. It’s a very capable drum machine but it can deliver tasty bass lines as well. The fun part about this instrument is that it’s totally unpredictable and it’s a good thing! Enjoy the recipe!


– Moog DFAM Drummer From Another Mother

– Roland Boutique SH-01A

– Roland Boutique TR-08

– Chasebliss Audio Thermae

– Empress Reverb

– Zoom Livetrack L-12 mixer

Hicut Recipe #69 Breakdown

MOOG DFAM: There’s a simple 8 step sequence going on here. Two VCO’s are in a hard sync mode. Resonance is set up quite high to achieve this acidish vibe. There’s also CV modulation going on. Check out the diagram below.

SH-01A: Simple 16-step sequence in C-minor. Switching octaves on the fly makes it act as a bass machine and a lead synth. Quite handy.

TR-08: It’s my go-to drum machine nowadays. Simple and effective. Can’t go wrong with this one.

THERMAE: This effect is ridiculously fun. In this recipe it treats the signal coming out from the DFAM. It’s more or less in sync with the other instruments, thanks to tap tempo feature. It’s basically a delay and a pitch shifter working in octave range.

EMPRESS: Still loving this pedal! My favourite reverb at this moment.

Hicut Recipe #69 Connections

AUDIO: DFAM goes into the Thermae and then into the mixer. Both Roland Boutiques go straight into the mixer. The Empress Reverb is set up on the aux channel acting as an effect send.

SYNC: DFAM is a master clock in this setup. It delivers sync information into SH-01A’s sync in port.

MIDI: MIDI out from SH-01A delivers tempo information to the TR-08.

CV: CV pitch signal goes from SH-01A into the DFAM’s VCO2 pitch CV input.