Today’s CatSynth video features our very own Big Merp. I was trying out an old photo theremin that I bought years ago, and decided to try playing it in front of Big Merp. Hilarity ensued. Definitely watch the video all the way to the end – the look on his face is priceless.
The photo theremin consists of a simple analog oscillator that uses a light-sensitive resistor (i.e.,a photocell) to control the frequency. So you can move your hand or other objects around it to change the light and thus change the pitch. This one also as an LFO for added sonic variety, and came in a really cool translucent blue case.
A cute tuxedo cat shows off a Korg Poly 800 synthesizer. From Cesar Inserny via Instagram.
True meownalog synthesizer.
The Korg Poly 800 was a popular affordable polyphonic-analog synthesizer. The first synthesizer that I considered was its successor, the Poly 800 mk2, though was steered away from it because of its lack of velocity sensitivity and small keyboard range. They can still be picked up rather affordably for those interested in trying this instrument out.
A beautiful white cat sits atop a Crumar Bit 99 synthesizer, and beneath a Roland Juno 106 and Korg MS-20. We also see some Eurorack modules, including some Doepfer and a Metasonix yellow module – most likely an R-53 like the one sitting near me as I write this.
From Suren Seneviratne via Facebook.
Pepino the one-eared cat proudly shows off his theremin. From Arnaldo M. Negro via Facebook.
The theremin appears to be a Moog Etherwave, the older and higher-end instrument that inspired the Theremini that we at CatSynth often use. We look forward to hearing Pepino’s music one day.
Saroo inspects a patch on a Eurorack modular system. By Ricardo Verschut via Facebook.
Identification of the modules left as an exercise to the reader.
Thor proudly shows off the patch on his modular system. From our friend and occasional-collaborator Jack Hertz.
Thor made me a patch for #FathersDay.
Oreo and Bella show off their Volca Modular synthesizer. By John Weiner via Facebook.
These two love the low octaves!!!!
You can see our first look at the Volca Modular from NAMM in this video – or read more in this article.
A cat contemplates its namesake synthesizer, the Octave CAT. From Doug Terrbone via Facebook.
Not surprisingly, we have an original Octave CAT of our own. In fact, it was the first vintage analog synth that I acquired, all the way back in 2005. And it’s a powerful mono synth, with multiple simultaneously waveforms and a sub oscillator. It probably needs some maintenance, but otherwise still runs great – just need to let the oscillators warm up.
A black cat playing both a Minimoog synthesizer and a Rhodes Stage electric piano. Nearby is an EMS Synthi and a rack full of Doepfer modules. From Mark L. Greco via Facebook.
There are definite musical advantages to using all four limbs.