CatSynth Pic: Big Merp, MicroFreak, and Modular

Today’s CatSynth pic features our very own Big Merp! He likes to bed down on the synthesizer desk when I’m working on the studio, and on this occasion, he seemed particularly blissed out.

One of the few bright spots amidst all the pandemic craziness is that mandatory work-from-home affords me more time to spend with my cats and my music.

CatSynth Pics: Gritty Kitty

Gritty Kitty is busy working on a new composition in Ableton Live! She also has an Ableton Push controller to aid her work.

Submitted by Daniel Brey via our Facebook page.

CatSynth Pic: Mimmo with Circuit and Minilogue XD

Mimmo returns, this time with a Novation Circuit in addition to his Korg Minilogue XD. Submitted by “Christian Gatto” of Gabarria.

You can see Mimmo’s previous post here.

CatSynth Video: Lilly, Behringer and Novation

Lilly poses proudly with a Novation controller and Behringer Crave and TD-3 synthesizers. And she gets cuddles. What more could one want?

CatSynth Pic: Nina and Yamaha CS1x

Adorable Nina sits atop a Yamaha CS1x synthesizer. From ros_franck via Instagram.

The CS1x was a popular synthesizer in the 1990s. Although it carries the “CS” prefix, it’s not really related to the legendary CS line of the 1970s, but a sample-based instrument of its own design. The newer Yamaha Reface CS is a closer emulation of the original CS line.

CatSynth Pic: Meiko in the Studio

Meiko returns today, posing adorably among the synths and cables of Charles Whiley’s studio in Arkansas.

it seems we have a growing ensemble cast of cats that appear regularly on these pages. To see more of Meiko, visit her tag.

CatSynth Pic: Juno and Serge Clone

Juno is back again this week; he clearly loves this blue Serge clone module. There are also quite a few other interesting modules in his collection, clearly a cat with good taste!

From Markus Welt via our Facebook page.

CatSynth Pic: Korg Minilogue XD

We finish out our week of black cats at CatSynth with this cutie from Kursk, Russia playing a Korg Minilogue XD. By dj.wadada on Instagram.

CatSynth Pic: Marcel, Crumar Bit One, and Italian Vintage Synth

It’s turning out to be a week of black cats here at CatSynth. Today, our friend Marcel from polynominal.com returns, this time with a Crumar Bit One and an (unnamed) Italian vintage synth. From polynominal.com on Facebook.

We at CatSynth were not that familiar with the Crumar Bit One, so we looked it up on Vintage Synth Explorer:

The Bit One is a 6 voice programmable polyphonic analog synthesizer with digital control that rivals the Roland Juno-106 synthesizer. The 61-note keyboard is equipped with velocity which is a rare option among similar synths! The 2 computer controlled oscillators, 6 voltage controlled filters, 6 VCAs and 2 LFOs each per voice, easy hands-on editing and a double/split mode keyboard make this one phatt analog polysynth!

http://www.vintagesynth.com/misc/bitone.php

CatSynth Pic: Pansona, Arturia MiniBrute 2B, Roland TB-03 and TR-08

Pansona with MiniBrute 2S, Roland TB-03 and TR-08

Adorable black cat Pansona with a MiniBrute 2S synthesizer and Roland TB-03 and TR-08 Boutique synthesizers. Submitted by Vito del Valle via our Facebook page.

Pansona (Fatgirl) with an Arturia Minibrute 2S, Roland TB-03 & Roland TR-08… She’s wondering why I’m not yelling at her to get off the table…

Far from yelling at cats to get off the table, many of us not only tolerate but have grown to enjoy their antics on our music-making surfaces. We at CatSynth certainly feel that way.