CatSynth Pic: Eli and Roland TR 707

Eli returns, with a Roland TR-707 rhythm composer.  Submitted by Elias Laughton via our Facebook page.

A bit about the TR-707 from Vintage Synth Explorer:

A very underrated drum machine! It resembles the popular TR-909, and better yet, its hi-hat, cymbals, and clap sound almost identical to the TR-909! The TR-707 is a great source for cheap 909 samples. It has some other cool features too such as its Matrix display which clearly maps out your pattern for you in an easy to read display panel. It also features both MIDI in/out and DIN sync control – the best of both worlds. Why this unit even has individual outputs for each of its drum tones!

Those individual outputs might come in handy when using together with a modern modular synthesizer setup.

You can see Eli’s previous appearance here.

CatSynth Pic: Mister Kitty and Roland TR-909

Mister Kitty and Roland TR-909

Mister Kitty returns! This time with a classic Roland TR-909 drum machine.

Submitted by prophei via Facebook.

CatSynth Pic: Black Cat and Roland TR-808

Black Cat and Roland TR-808

Another from our friends at Eevo Lute Music & Technology, this time featuring a black cat and a classic Roland TR-808. This was post for last week’s “808 Day”. My favorite comment: ” I only have full sized analog cats!” 😸 🎹

CatSynth pic: Cat and BKE Tech Beat Thang

Submitted by Techno-iD●com via Twitter.

“MY gear !”

We are certainly not going to challenging this cat’s assertion.

More on the BKE Tech Beat Thang can be found here.

CatSynth pic: Miep and Drum Machine

We have another one featuring Dennis Matana’s cat Miep, who “loves synths and drumcomputers <3." Identification of the drum machine left as an exercise to the reader.

CatSynth pic: Three Cats and a Yamaha RX7

3 Cats and Yamaha RX7

Submitted by Anton Gabriel Largoza-Maza via our Facebook page.

You can find out more about the RX7 at polynominal.com. Long time readers will recognize that address as the home of the late great synth cat Mimi.

CatSynth pic: Pilar and Korg Volca Beats

Pilar and Volca Beats

From ducks_cluck on Instagram

Pilar is ready to make some beats. #catsynth #volcabeats #synth #drummachine #korg

We have a Korg Volca Beats at CatSynth HQ and are quite fond of it, as it plays nice with both our modular/CV and MIDI gear as well as sounding like classic disco and house 😺

We have a Korg Volca Beats at CatSynth HQ and are quite fond of it, as it plays nice with both our modular/CV and MIDI gear as well as sounding like classic disco and house 😺

CatSynth video: My girlfriend is programming the Roland TR-909, making a House beat

From HotMusic1 on YouTube, via matrixsynth.

Published on Mar 26, 2012 by HotMusic1
With a synth cat.

“More TR-909:
http://www.facebook.com/ricklampe
http://soundcloud.com/ricklampe-1”

CatSynth video: MachineDrum Unboxing with Cat

From carianoff on YouTube, via matrixsynth.

“Didn’t see an actual unboxing for the Machinedrum so I just went ahead an made one. My cat Rikku quickly got involved in the process.”

Outsound GearExplore at Chamber Music Day

Back in mid-October, a few of us from the crew at Outsound Presents participated in Chamber Music Day at the De Young Museum in San Francisco.

There were over 140 musicians participating, with performances and demonstrations scattered around the museum. And “chamber music” was defined quite expansively to include a wide variety of instrumentation and genres, ranging from traditional classical music to experimental avant-garde ensembles and crossover groups. Our contribution was a demonstration of electronic-music gear – a mini version of “Touch the Gear Night” from the Outsound Music Summit. I primarily focused on software-based sound generation, with an iPad and a Monome connected to a MacBook running Open Sound World. Matt Davignon presented his setup featuring drum machines and effects pedals. CJ Borosque demonstrated her input-less effects change where the noise in the signal chain is the source for sound manipulation; and Rent Romus demonstrated live sound processing with a setup that included a Korg Monotron.

There was quite a large turnout overall for Chamber Music Day, and we had a lot of traffic at our demonstration table. Reactions ranged from mild curiosity to deep technical conversations. We were a particularly big hit with children, who are naturally attracted to hands-on demos and electronic gear.

[Amar Chaudhary and Matt Davignon demonstrating gear for young attendees at Chamber Music Day. Photo by Scott Chernis.]

This trio of young ladies spent a lot of time at the table exploring the various devices in great detail.

[Exploring the gear. Photo by Scott Chernis.]

They were particularly interested in the iPad. Here they are trying out the Korg iMS-20 app.

[Playing the iPad.  Photo by Scott Chernis.]

I would like to think that some of the kids (as well as a few of the adults) went off and downloaded some music-making apps for their devices and started playing. Or perhaps a casual guitarist found a new way to make sounds with his or her pedals.

Overall it was a great experience, and an opportunity for us to share what we do with musicians outside our small “new-music” community and with the general public. Thanks to the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music (SFFCM) for inviting us to participate. To find out more about Chamber Music Day and their other events and programs, please visit their website.

[All photos in this article by Scott Chernis and provided courtesy of SFFCM.]