Panda with Elektron, Sequential, Access, and Nord

Panda the tuxedo cat holds court in a square of keyboards. He has some impressive offerings from Elektron, Sequential, Access, and Nord. From Andras Karoly via Facebook.

Here is a close-up of Access Virus keyboard.

Wordless Wednesday: Barsoom, Financial District

Sniff and Metasonix D-2000, S-2000, modules

Sniff atop Metasonix synthesizer modules

Meet Sniff. He is a Maine Coon and the son of Zatoichi who previously appeared with Metsonix gear. Sniff poses proudly with a Metsonix D-2000 and S-2000 along with several black modules. An impressive collection indeed!

Sniff the cat with a Metsonix S-2000 and D-2000

Submitted by Palle Dahlstedt via the Metasonix Users Group on Facebook.

Sniff with Metasonix modules and synthesizers.

That is one handsome cat. And we at CatSynth are fans of Metasonix – I would like to have a D-2000 in the collection at HQ some day.

Black Cat in a Synth Studio (Roland, Yamaha, more)

Black cat in a studio with floor-to-ceiling keyboard synthesizers. We see a Juno 106 and a Yamaha DX7, but leave identification of the rest as an exercise to the reader.

From Wrecka Lec on Facebook.

Was my seat…now it’s the cats seat. 😁

Korg MS-20 and Yamaha CS 15

Cute kitten on a Korg MS-20 synthesizer. Below is a Yamaha CS 15, and above we see a stack of DX-era ROM cartridges. From Frank Jacobs via Facebook. You can see a picture of this kitten with mom here.

Wordless Wednesday: Smoke and Haze in San Francisco

Above: the sun through the thick smoke over San Francisco this morning. Below: looking downtown from Potrero Hill.

CatSynth Pic: Behringer Poly D

This cat has found a nice napping spot on top of a Behringer Poly D. We also see an Arturia keyboard and a Rolland VP9000 voice processor. From Steve Jones via Facebook.

The Behringer Poly D takes their Model D and expands it to four voices along with a wood-paneled keyboard reminiscent of the original Minimoog. The Roland VP9000 was released in 2000 as one of the first samplers to allow vocal manipulation of speed, pitch, and formant independently in real time.

Basti with Sequential Prophet X

Basti naps near a collection of keyboard synthesizers, including a Sequential Prophet X. We also see a MicroKorg and a Novation keyboard. From Andras Karoly via Facebook.

Here is a close-up of Basti sleeping.

The keyboard in this photo appears to be a Nord.

Please check out our chat with Dave Smith about the Prophet X from NAMM 2019.

CatSynth Pic: Korg EM-570 Echo Mixer

Cat sits in front a vintage Korg EM-570 Echo Mixer. From Frederic Fantastic Preuss via Facebook. Contents of the suitcase above the cat left as an exercise to the reader.

The EM-570 is a 5-channel mixer with EQ and echo (big-bucket brigate) per channel. It pairs nicely with vintage synthesizers.

Cats with Yamaha SK30 and Korg Polysix

An adorable photo of a mother and kitten on a Yamaha SK30. Above them is a Korg Polysix, and off to the right is a Roland Juno. From Frank Jacobs via Facebook.

My cuties love analog, too.

The SK30 was a combination organ, string, and subtractive synthesizer, released in 1980. All of the SK series had the organ and string sections, but different models had different synthesizer sections. The SK30 had two synthesizer sections, a dual-oscillator polyphonic section that was good at classic pads, and a solo monosynth section with multiple waveforms, envelope and filter. As a bonus, one could play the solo synth and one of the other modes (organ, string, polysynth) at the same time.