CatSynth Pic: Hydrasynth

Cute cat atop an ASM Hydrasynth. From Luke Chable via Facebook.

The Hydrasynth was one of the more exciting instruments to come out of at the start of this year, with three oscillators with a rich set of wavetable operations and a polyphonic-aftertouch keyboard. We featured it in our NAMM coverage on CatSynth TV.

Pixel in the Studio, with Moog and Korg

Pixel returns, this time holding court in her studio. We see two Moog synthesizers, a collection of Korg Volcas, another keyboard, and more. Submitted by @DJLahbug via Twitter.

Pixel says hello from her studio!!!

Note that this is her studio.

Big Merp with Yamaha RX5 Drum Machine

Big Merp the cat sitting on a Yamaha RX5 drum machine

Big Merp has taken to our recently acquired Yamaha RX5 drum machine. I think he will be ready to lay down some rhythm tracks soon. He also has his rear paw on another recent acquisition: the Buchla Red Panel 158 oscillator. Look for these two instruments featured in upcoming episodes of CatSynth TV!

Back in the late 1980s when I was getting into synthesizers, Yamaha’s DX series dominated the landscape (along with Roland’s D series). I got Yamaha’s “After Touch” magazine which featured new releases including the RX5, which became the flagship of their drum-machine line. It was beyond my reach then, but I now I have one and looking forward to seeing what I can do with it in our eclectic studio at CatSynth HQ.

Black Cat on the Piano

This handsome black cat is dressed and ready for his piano performance!

From @dj_ewi via Twitter.

CatSynth Pic: Moog Prodigy

Cat sits on a Moog Prodigy mid-peformance. It looks like the cat has a paw on a Moogerfooger pedal as well.

From Brent Regier via Facebook.

CatSynth Pic: Novation Bass Station

This cat has a serious look as he prepares to play a Novation Bass Station synthesizer. From Luke Chable via Facebook.

Gucci Boy KOMA Field Kit, Arturia BeatStep Pro, Modular

This cat is posing purrfectly with a Koma Field Kit and Field Kit FX, Arturia BeatyStep Pro, and modular synthesizer. I espy a Qu-Bit Chords and a Mutable Instrument Plaits (right between the ears).

From Jared Grim via the Facebook group KOMA Field Kit Users. Update: this handsome cat’s name is Gucci Boy.

If you haven’t done so already, please check out our intro to the KOMA Field Kit.

CatSynth Pic: Moog One

The black cat is proud to own this Moog One synthesizer. From Jon Sellers via Facebook.

Yet again, I forgot to check the scheduling link to see if the room was reserved

Fortunately, Sam Sam and I have a pretty good arrangement for sharing the studio. Merp, however, prefers to drop in unexpectedly – but we have a good time.

The Moog One is quite an impressive synth for a cat or a human.

 Per voice, Moog One offers 3 newly-designed analog VCOs, 2 independent analog filters, a dual source analog noise generator, analog mixer with external audio input, 

CatSynth Pic: Roland SH-1000

Cat posing proudly on a Roland SH-1000 synthesizer. From Ian Alexander Ratzer.

Bass lines with a phatness. SH-1000 with the filter up. No effects necessary.

There is also a video with the cat and the bass line

The Roland SH1000 was one of the first of the “SH” line of instruments, as exemplified by the organ-like elements. From Vintage Synth Explorer:

The SH-1000 is a monophonic analog synth with a single oscillator feeding a lowpass filter, an ADSR envelope, and two LFOs. It features 10 Preset sounds, but they are pretty weak. Fortunately you can create your own sounds for some really great mono-synth bass, lead, percussion and FX sounds. Basic square, ramp and pulse-width waveforms are available from the oscillator and the LFOs have sine, square and sample+hold. It has a terrific ‘Growl’ and ‘Wow’ effect for a pretty scary analog sound. It also features white noise, pink noise, portamento, octave transposition and a Random Note Generator. Although there is no user memory, unique sounds can still be quickly recreated or discovered thanks to its simple interface.

http://www.vintagesynth.com/roland/sh1000.php

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.