I take back what i said about finding the 8-step sequencer something i could do without – because you can use the sequencer as an oscillator, and do so many different things with it.
CANCEL: I made a math error!! 10,000 BPM is 20Hz on a full round not 1250 Hz (it's minutes not seconds dummy.)-- Oops sorry about that.
First off the tempo on the sequencer can be set anywhere between 10 BPM and 10,000 BPM!, which means it will whip around all 8 steps at up to 1250 Hz, or 4 steps at 2500 Hz if you repeat the pattern twice. There is a CV input to the TEMPO which allows the sequencer step rate to be controlled by an external source all the way into audio rates – 1V/Octave. Not sure how well this would work for setting a precise pitch (probably OK); what sort of complex waveforms you can create; and how this would sound – or the effect changing the dials for pitch and velocity on each step would have. We’ll have to experiment.
You can read my error if you like. The rest is good.
Another feature is the ADV/CLOCK input, which with the Sequencer playback stopped will allow an external clock source to advance the Sequencer to the next step, allowing for different timings and rhythmic patterns to be created. This also allows you to sync clocks with an external module like a Mother-32 – or the Mother-32 can transmit different clock divisions depending on its internal settings which allows the DFAM to play in sync with Mother-32, but at a division of the master tempo.
You don’t need an external module to drive this, you can patch the VCO1 output to the TEMPO input, and create complex waveforms in that way.
Another fun patch would be to connect PITCH output to the TEMPO input so that then the setting of the pitch knob of each step will instead allow each step to run at a different rate, so you could swing the time or create other unusual nonequal pulses.