CatSynth Pic: Mae and Sonic Pi

Mae returns to the pages of CatSynth. This time she is reviewing code in Sonic Pi, a popular live-coding music system.

Submitted by Alessandro Cilano via our Facebook page.

I have never used Sonic Pi myself, but I am now curious to take a look at it given that it combines my interest in programming languages and electronic music.

You can see Mae’s other appearances via this link.

Boulinette and Novation Summit

A lovely scene with Boulinette posing in the window behind a Novation Summit synthesizer. There is a certain painterly quality about this image that I quite like.

From hgprs via Instagram.

Would you rather be a big fish in a small pond, or a small fish in a large pond? 🐠

D R E A M L A N D: Two Cats and a Massive Modular Synth

We kick off this week with an epic photo featuring two cats and a massive modular synthesizer system. One of them has decided that the modular is a great spot for a nap.

From blush_response via Instagram.

dreamland🌫

CatSynth Pic: Cat and Novation LaunchPad

We conclude this week with another beauty. This cat poses with a Novation Launchpad in a bath of colorful psychedelic lights.

From animalsarebeauty via Instagram.

ROBOTSPEAk, Moog Mother-32, Modular

A moody image featuring cat, Moog Mother-32, and modular synthesizers. From Steve Taormina of ROBOTSPEAk, our local synthesizer store in San Francisco.

Watch this video from ROBOTSPEAk’s 16th anniversary show.

CatSynth Pic: Orion and Sequential Prophet 12

This handsome fellow is orion.s.cat on Instagram, and poses with what I believe to be a Sequential Prophet 12, a personal favorite of mine.

This new room is awsome, meow, I really love it!! There, I found a very strange toy… I don’t know what it is but his black and white buttons make sound when we push them, amazing 🙀😻!

My daddy call it a “synth” and it makes “music”! So I like to play music with my daddy! And you my furriends? Do you like to listen and/or play music with your humans?

Have a good night everyone!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CICFK19qcmF/

CatSynth Video: Arturia MiniLab with Tony and Frankie

One from a treasure trove of performances on the Arturia MiniLab by cats Tony and Frankie on Instagram and TikTok. Listen to the accompanying mews in this one.

CatSynth Pics: Roland and Yamaha DX27

Roland the cat sits on top of a Yamaha DX27 synthesizer. From Leanne Pattinson via Facebook. Here is another photo of him when he was younger.

Although we see Roland with a Yamaha synth, we are informed that he also has several namesake synths as well.

Black Kitten with Arturia MicroBrute (Red), Behringer Model D, Theremin

Cute black kitten sits atop an Arturia MicroBrute (red edition), above Behringer Model D synthesizer and next to a theremin. From Sinclair Castro via Facebook.

Happy 4th Gotcha Day, Sam Sam!

It’s the 4th anniversary of Sam Sam’s arrival at CatSynth HQ. It’s hard to believe it’s already been four years, but it’s also hard to imagine life here without her.

On December 7, 2016, I brought Luna’s ashes home. On that same day, a friend drove up from Southern California to San Francisco to deliver Sam Sam. Quite a transition.

Sam Sam was rather timid at first, spending most of her time under the bed, but coming out to eat but also to explore and give her little characteristic squeaks. It wasn’t surprising that she was a little skittish. She was thrust into a completely new place and situation, after a serious of stressful homes. But she soon adjusted and become comfortable, and her goofy and sassy personality blossemed.

This was a paradise for her, and she loved being spoiled. But in 2019, her world was once again upended with the arrival of Big Merp. She didn’t welcome this new “interloper”. It has taken a lot of time and work from all of us at CatSynth HQ over the past year, but we got them to the point where they could at least tolerate one another, and now they can even spend time together, if not somewhat warily.

“Little Sam Sam” continues to delight us all with her little voice and her cute antics. We love her dearly.

Please join us in wishing Sam Sam a very happy 4th Gotcha Day!