Merce with Fuzz Box and Korg Mini Kaoss Pad

Our friend Merce the cat enjoys a nap on a fuzz box and Korg Mini Kaoss Pad. Via Merce’s Twitter feed.

Fuzz Box: Pillow and self

https://twitter.com/Merce_the_cat/status/1316841463368433664

Merce looks very content, which of course makes us happy in turn. We love the retro lettering on that fuzz box. And we have a Mini Kaoss Pad although it hasn’t gotten as much love in recent years.

CatSynth Pic: Queen of Moog

This cat proudly shows off a Moog modular. Queen of Moog, indeed!

From Reed Hays on Twitter, submitted by our friend and follower George Kelley. You can always submit your CatSynth pics via @catsynth on Twitter.

CatSynth Pic: Willow in the Studio

Meet Willow, who shares a studio with @puxflux in Portland, Oregon. They have been together for over 15 years, since Willow was a kitten, and clearly enjoy making music together.

Identification of the synths left as an exercise to the reader.

CatSynth Pic: Compression (Universal Audio)

Someone apparently cranked up the compression on both the mix and this cat using a Universal Audio system with Apollo interface. From Universal Audio’s Twitter, found by our friend and Twitter follower @GazouilleurFou.

Mix so dialed…even the cat compressed 😺

Wordless Wednesday: Sylvan San Francisco

A rather lush arboreal scene within the city of San Francisco (and not in Golden Gate Park). Where could it be?

CatSynth Video: Meditation with Korg, Arturia, and White Cat

A very meditative piece from our friend Kemal Sabran. The little white cat is definitely relaxed by these calming sounds.

CatSynth Pic: Roland D-50

Beautiful calico cat atop a Roland D-50 synthesizer. From Yuri de Haer via Facebook.

The D-50 was Roland’s flagship and most popular synthesizer in 1980s. It employed so-called “linear arithmetic synthesis”, which combined sampled (PCM) transients with a variation on subtractive synthesis, including resonant low-pass filters. It also had a joystick. It remains a popular instrument for its pads and other characteristic sounds. Roland released a re-creation of it for their “Boutique” line, the D-05.

CatSynth Pic: Jojodakat and Samson MIDI controller

Jojodakat lounges with a Samson MIDI controller, getting ready for a solo synth jam. Submitted by Stephen Hammond via our Facebook page.

Winslow the Pianist

Meet Winslow, who has his own toy piano and knows how to play it.

Winslow’s playing reminds me a bit of Nora, but with a toy piano it brings to mind John Cage’s Suite for Toy Piano, and some of my own composition.

CatSynth Pic: Kurzweil K250

A handsome tuxedo cat introduces the Kurzweil K250 synthesizer. By Jamie Breustedt via Facebook.

The K250 was the first of the Kurzweil’s “K” series of synthesizers in the 1980s and 1990s. Released in 1984, it was among the first to allow ROM-based samples to be layered and played on a keyboard – although the Synclavier and Fairlight CMI already offered sampling at this time. But it did have features such as variable rates and 16-bit sources that gave it the ability to play long samples and get closer to that holy grail of sampling a grand piano – indeed the K250 was supposedly inspired by a bet between Ray Kurzweil and Stevie Wonder on whether he could make a synthesizer that sounded like a “real piano.”