A friend Leo returns. He is inspecting the new studio setup featuring an Access Virus, Arturia Keystep Pro, and Zoom R16 interface/controller.
Our friend Jazzy from Eevo Lute Music and Technology returns, this time with a Korg Volca Keys.
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.
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.
Here we see Bread (orange), and Tuna (black) finding comfy napping spots on a bass and a Korg Monologue, respectively. From thedigitalpurrgatory on Twitter.
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.
My cat with his first synthesizer
We see a Strymon Timeline delay pedal – it sounds like the SK-1 is playing out through it; a Maschine (Native Instruments) sits nearby as well.
Saruman the cat plays a note or two on a vintage Yamaha CS-30 synthesizer. Below we see a Casio SK-1. From hdgenis on Instagram.
My cat on Yamaha CS30 🐈⬛🎹
The Yamaha CS-30 is a fully analog subtractive synth with two VCOs, to VCFs with lowpass and hi-pass, as well as VCAs, envelopes, etc typical of analog synths. What is interesting about it is the ability to route the various elements in a semi-modular fashion. The SK-1 is of course a rather coveted sampling keyboard from the early 1980s.