CatSynth Pic: White Cat and Wires

A fluffy white cat has gotten tangled up in modular cables 😸

From chichi_response on Instagram.

I am the only real Source of Uncertainty

CatSynth TV: Benjolin!

Our latest video features the Benjolin, a module designed by Rob Hordijk and distributed by Epoch Modular.  From the official website:

The benjolin is a multifunction synthesizer designed by Rob Hordijk. The module consists of four separate function blocks: two VCOs, a state variable filter and an additional circuit, invented by Hordijk himself, called a rungler. This particular arrangement emerged from his efforts to design a synthesizer that was, as he puts it, “bent by design”. As such, the module functions according to principles of chaos theory, where short to long sputtering patterns spontaneously transform themselves, at times, gradually, at others, quite suddenly, morphing into new pattern doublings and bifurcations. ​

The rungler is what gives the module (and its predecessor the Blippo Box) its chaotic character.  It’s basically a shift register timed off the two oscillators which then fed as a control signal back to the oscillators, creating a nonlinear dynamic feedback system.  It’s a lot of fun to just play and explore, but I have also used it in both recordings and live performance.  It works particularly well with subtle control inputs, like the Theremini.

CatSynth Pic: Korg Minilogue

Cat and Korg Minilogue

Cute tabby cat with two Korg Minilogue synthesizers.  It looks like one of them is the special “sawed off” model 😹

Photo from flohrdumal on Instagram.  This human and feline pair hail from Decatur, Georgia.

CatSynth Pic: Cat and Korg MS-20

This cat seems rather curious about the Korg MS-20 😸

By Minim on Facebook.

Happy Birthday Runkl!

Happy Birthday to our synth-cat friend Runkl in Portland!  From Jeph Nor:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO RUNKL!!! Our best little goofy cuddle ninja 

Jeph hosts the Volt Divers series that I played at in April.  If you are in Portland, I recommend checking it out.

See Runkl’s previous appearances on CatSynth.

CatSynth Pic: Juno 60

Juno 60

Cat with a vintage Roland Juno 60.  Submitted by Steve Peglar via our Facebook page.

The Juno series of synths are still very sought after, especially the Juno 60 and Juno 6.  Unfortunately, these two models lack MIDI, which wasn’t available until the successor 106 model.  The 60 does allow external input, though pitch and gate are via a proprietary interface.  There is external CV input for filter control.  And there are kits to retrofit a Juno with external input options.

Wordless Wednesday CatSynth Pic: Mother-32

CatSynth Pic: White Cat and Modular, Vertical View

A beautiful pic from Davor Gazde and his white feline companion.  It looks like the cat is inspecting the patch quite intently.

We are pretty sure this is the same Modcan modular synthesizer from their previous photos.  You can see all of their contributions via this link.

 

CatSynth Pic: Charlotte and Arturia MiniBrute, Roland SH-101, and Korg MS-2000

Charlotte returns and shows off her Arturia MiniBrute, Roland SH-101 and Korg MS-2000 synthesizers.  Submitted by Lee Tizzard via our Facebook page.

CatSynth Pic: Cat and Arturia MiniBrute

Our black-and-white feline friend returns in this black-and-white photo featuring the Arturia MiniBrute, first edition.  Submitted by Steve Peglar via our Facebook page.

We at CatSynth have been having a lot of fun with the Arturia MiniBrute 2, which builds on the original’s unique sound (and “brute factor”).  You can see our video demo here.