CatSynth pic: Cat, Arturia, and Nord

From i_radar (Саксаганского Стрит) on Instagram.

Появился новый синт. Пока ищу другой звук кроме “мяу” и “фррррр”…
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CatSynth pic: Rupert and Arturia MiniBrute

Rupert and arturia minibrute

By Lee Tizzard via Facebook:

A down to Earth photo of my cat Rupert, relaxing with Conway Pacheco’s Arturia MiniBrute analogue synthesizer…

CatSynth video: ZiggyCat Purr FieldScaper Leaf Blower Orgy Of Noise Bill T Miller Drone Session

From Bill T Miller on YouTube, via matrixsynth.

Published on Jun 16, 2016
Ziggy Cat & Bill T Miller of Orgy Of Noise studio recording session at Headroom Studios Boston on December 5, 2015 (couple days before ZBC Radio appearance) –….

BTM RIG with FieldScaper iPad App with Ziggy Cat Purr & Leaf Blower Drone Samples controlled by Arturia Mini Lab Keyboard & custom BTM Spring-O-Phone instrument with Korg Mini-Kaoss Pad for Delay. (Moog Mother-32 Synth is pictured, but not used on this composition.)

Directed & Edited by Bill T Miller
Cameras: Bill T Miller & Sheri Hausey
Co-Producer / Assistant Editor: Ziggy Cat

X-tra THANX to Ziggy & Sheri
and Igor Vasiliev for creating FieldScaper & SoundScaper apps
and to DJ Deftly-D & DJ Josh B at WZBC Radio.

CatSynth pic: Cat, Korg MS-20 mini, and Arturia BeatStep

Cat and Korg MS-20 mini

Cat with a Korg MS-20 mini synthesizer and Arturia Beatstep. Submitted by ‎Randal Darabosh via our Facebook page.

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CatSynth pic: Lester and Arturia Minibrute

Lester and Arturia Minibrute

Long time reader and fan Jen Grover shared this adorable picture of her young cat Lester with an Arturia Minibrute synthesizer.  We think they make quite a pair 🙂


NAMM 2016: Arturia MatrixBrute

When first saw previous of the MatrixBrute from Arturia, I was sure it was a hoax. The synthesizer in the images was huge and monstrous mix of everything, and I figured it must be a riff on Arturia’s well received compact analog synths, the MiniBrute and MicroBrute. But the MatrixBrute is in fact real, and his here at NAMM.

Arturia MatrixBrute

And it is a beast! It has a fully analog signal path headed by three “Brute” oscillators (the same ones found in Arturia’s smaller analog synths), plus both a Steiner filter and a traditional ladder filter. It has a lot of knobs for controlling…everything, as well as 12 CV inputs and outputs in addition to Trigger CV, and of course MIDI. The place where this machine gets both very powerful and a bit overwhelming is in the modulation matrix. The matrix is literally that, an array of 256 LED buttons that can be used to route from anything to anything.

Arturia MatrixBrute closeup of modulation matrix

This is not new, modulation matrices have been part of synthesizer architecture for a long time. But seeing it laid out on a panel like this in more unusual. It makes it both powerful and immediate – one can just press any of the buttons at any time. But it also a bit difficult to get the hang of. It’s challenging to keep track of and predict what a particular matrix configuration will do. In this video, you can see my attempt to play this instrument, including the matrix points.

It’s quite difficult, but presumably someone one can master with patience and practice (and a quieter listening environment). One thing that I would have expected from a synth of this magnitude is polyphony, like the much more modest Korg Minilogue. The MatrixBrute is monophonic/duophonic. Polyphony in an analogue synth is no small feat, but I would have liked to see it. Nonetheless, coming in at just under $2000, it does have quite a lot to offer.

CatSynth pic: Slinky and Synths

Slinky and synths

From Steven Franks‎ via our Facebook page.

“Slinky, my big boy, guarding my gear.”

Slinky has a quite a synth collection. How many of the synths can you identify? 🙂

CatSynth pic: Sweet Spot (Arturia MiniBrute)

Cat with MiniBrute

Submitted by ⓉⒺⒸⒽℕ⌽▃ⒾⒹ●⒞⒪⒨ via Twitter.

CatSynth pic: Mimi and Minibrute

We have another recent photo of Mimi, this time with an Arturia Minibrute.

Mimi and Minibrute

Submitted by Eric of of polynominal. As one can see in this pic, Mimi is getting older and having some health issues. We at CatSynth are sending her healing thoughts and vibes.

CatSynth video: Cat Watching a MiniBrute Video

Original title en français: Miss Papée qui prend des cours avec Franco

From francolamuerte·159 on YouTube, via matrixsynth.

“Teaser ! Savoir comment accorder un oscillateur analogique sur toute l’étendue de sa plage d’octave, ça vous intéresse ? En tout cas, moi j’ai connais une que ça intéresse vivement : ma fidèle et unique Miss Papée !”

It looks like Miss Papée wants to touch the MiniBrute 🙂