Mae and Elektron Digitakt (and iPad)

Mae returns this week, with an Elektron Digitakt plus a connected iPad. Submitted by Alessandro Cilano via our Facebook page.

The Digitakt is a fun little instrument that excels at beats and other patterns. I did have the opportunity to play one at NAMM a few years back.

See Mae’s other appearances on CatSynth here.

Akai APC40, Korg Kaoss Pads, KMI QuNexus

This beautiful Siamese cat is holding court in a studio featuring an Akai APC40 controller (for Ableton Live), a pair of Korg Kaoss pads, and a Keith McMillen (KMI) QuNexus controller. And that appears to be a dead furby next to the cat.

Submitted by sgt.dingo via our Instagram.

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Yes, that’s a Furby pelt pop filter.

Bobby and Korg NTS-1

Bobby is intrigued by the Korg NTS-1 programmable synthesizer. So are we Bobby, so are we.

From Erwin Kant via our Facebook page.

The NTS-1 is a small DIY kit that is compatible with the same SDK used in the Minilogue XD and Prologue synthesizers, allowing the development of custom oscillators and effects.

Wordless Wednesday: Pierce Street (Alta Plaza Park)

hipstamatic photo looking down Pierce Street from Alta Plaza Park (San Francisco)

A surreal exposure of the view down Pierce Street from Alta Plaza Park in San Francisco. Created using Hipstamatic.

Note the COVID safety signs…

Primus and Roland TR-808

Primus the cat sits on top of a Roland TR-808 drum machine.

Primus programs a classic Roland TR-808. From Gunfire H. Horibly via our Facebook page.

The TR-808, or simple the 808 as it is affectionately known, was not an initial commercial success. It was only in production from 1980 to 1982 And its sounds were not particularly realistic, but it did have a distinct character than some artists of the time. It has since achieved a cult following and can be heard on more recordings than perhaps any other drum machine. Roland has also released two “reboots” in recent years, a “Boutique” TR-08 version and the TR-8s for the Aira series.

Mae and Korg OpSix

Mae the black cat sits atop a Korg OpSix synthesizer.  Computer keyboard and screen also present.

Mae proudly sits atop a Korg OpSix synthesizers. From Alessandro Cilano via our Facebook page.

Mae not helping with the OpSix

The OpSix is a reimagining of the classic Yamaha six-operator FM synthesizers of the 1980s. It expands on the original voice architecture with additional algorithms, and most significantly adds real-time surface controls and displays for each of the operators. It also includes filters and effects, something that was not part of the original DX series. It is definitely an interesting instrument if you want to check out classic DX-style FM synthesis.

You can see all of Mae’s appearances on CatSynth via this tag.

Mode Machines Xoxbox

This cat is laying down some bass lines with the Xoxbox from Mode Machines. From Martin Nilsson via Facebook.

Cats love acid, it’s a fact!

The Xoxbox is a clone of the infamous Roland TB-303. Although smaller, it includes all the interface elements including the knobs and the one-octave keyboard section. It can also be used as a MIDI sequencer and controller.

Milo, Jet, Korg

Jet and Milo return to CatSynth with a Korg keyboard synthesizer.

From Keith Winstanley via Facebook.

Olly, MicroKORG, and MS-20

A moody picture featuring Olly the tabby cat. The dark surroundings make it challenging to see, but there is a MicroKORG, an MS-20, and probably one more instrument in there.

From somedustup via Instagram.

instrument racks are the best cat trees ever made! Fully tested and approved by Olly… whether we like it or not! 😏

https://www.instagram.com/p/CMFdO5tBRHv/

CatSynth Pic: RobotSPEAk

Cat with an epic wall of modular. Submitted by Steve Taormina of ROBOTSPEAk, our local synthesizer store in San Francisco. You can see many posts previous posts here, as well as several videos on CatSynth TV.

Please check out ROBOTSPEAK’s online shop and consider buying something. We at CatSynth will be doing so.