Orion and Novation Launchpad

It looks like our friend Orion has found a new spot next to the Novation Launchpad. From his Instagram account @orion_is_life.

This is my new spot in the forbidden room : daddy’s office 🤭🤭🤭😹😹😹! I’m making music with my daddy and it sounds good😸😸💗!
Have a happy new week my furriends!! 😻💗😽😽

Orion and Eurorack Serge (Random*Source)

Orion the gray tuxedo cat sits behind a Eurorack serge modular system with numerous patch cables.

Orion shows off a complex patch on a Eurorack Serge system featuring modules by Random*Source. From Justin Sullivan (@justin3am) on Twitter.

We at CatSynth have long been curious about those Serge modules from Random*Source as a way of exploring Serge-style modular synthesis in more detail. The underlying premise is building up complexity from very simple building blocks like slope generators.

You can see all of Orion’s appearances via this tag.

Orion and Pedals (Hologram Electronics, Electro-Harmonix)

Our pal Orion is back with a couple of pedals: a Hologram Electronics Microcosm and Electro-Harmonix Platform. That Thermionic Culture distortion unit (red) looks pretty cool, too!

From Justin Sullivan (@justin3am) on Twitter.

You can see all of Orion’s appearances via this tag.

Milo and Buchla modules

Milo inspects the case for an emerging Buchla modular system. From Keith Winstanley.

Milo has appeared several times on CatSynth – you can see all his appearances via this tag. Although he is a tuxedo cat, from this angle he looks entirely black. Either way, we know he and his human are going to have a lot of fun with this new modular system.

Casper, Paul, and Speak&Spell

Caspar (black cat) with Paul (human) who sports a Speak&Spell t-shirt. The venerable Speak&Spell has become a mainstay of circuit-bending and other lo-fi electronic music practices.

Submitted by Paul Williams via our Facebook page.

his is Casper, he is the friendliest cat and he belongs to our hosts at an Air B&B we’re staying at in North Wales.

Always fun to meet friendly cats on travels.

Ansel and Yamaha QX3

Ansel the cat sits to the right of  a Yamaha QX3 sequencer on its side.

The handsome Ansel poses next to a Yamaha QX3 sequencer in mid-repair. From our friend Charles Whiley.

The QX3 features the distinctive Yamaha industrial design that they used for most if not all of their instruments in the mid-1980s. This look holds a special place for me as it was the time when I started exploring synthesizers and electronic music. The QX3 also has those vintage computer-style keys, which is a very nice touch. As a sequencer, it is less convenient than many hardware sequencers, but still quite powerful, especially in an era where analog sequencers with short step counts have enjoyed a renaissance.