Smokey in the Studio with Novation Summit, Elektron, Studio Electronics, and More

Smokey as a place of honor in this studio place of honor in this studio. On the right is a Novation Summit, in the center are offerings from Elektron. In the Upper left in the Studio Electronics Boomstar that we saw in a previous post with Smokey’s fellow feline Valentino, and on the left is a synth that we leave as an exercise to the ready.

From Patricia Wolf via Twitter.

Fifi with Polyend Tracker and Medusa

This cat is enjoying some scritches and beats from the Polyend Tracker and Medusa (itself a collaboration between Polyend and Deadbox). We enjoy the chill, almost Motown sound to the chords, with the synthesizer twist.

Video Isobutane via YouTube (seen on matrixsynth).

“Hey, some details about this beat. Im running a sequence of midi chords on the Tracker using the midi chord step fx. These are played back on Medusa. The synths output is connected to Tracker’s line input and runs through the onboard limiter, eq, and reverb. The wonky beat is live-recorded from one-shot samples using micro-timing while live-recording. The bassline is a looped and filtered sample of a square wave from my MS1 synth. The cat’s name is Fifi. Thanks for watching”

The Polyend Tracker seems to be having quite a moment, at least here on CatSynth. Perhaps something to investigate for a future video…

Frank with Strega Prototype

Frank naps against a prototype of the Strega, a collaboration between Alessandro Cortini and Make Noise.

2020, Frank dreaming of new ways of making sounds with a Strega Prototype. Miss this boy a lot.

https://twitter.com/blindoldfreak/status/1356779055803207682

The Strega sounds intriguing and we look forward to trying one here at CatSynth one of these ways. I wonder if Big Merp will nap on it.

Noise Cat (Line 6, Digitech, Boss)

Sasa gets ready to perform a noise set with pedals from Digitech, Boss and Line 6. From Mark Wilson via Facebook.

Of the three pedals, I am most familiar with the Line 6 DL 4 delay pedal. It was my go-to for many years for delay and loops, even acting as an extra oscillator when the feedback was turned up. One memorable show with the DL 4 was performing Polly Moller Springhorn’s piece Flip Quartet at Book Zoo in Oakland, one of a few times I played it.

#808Day and #WorldCatDay

Today is both 808 Day – after the Roland TR-808 drum machine – and World Cat Day. As a bonus, the date works in both American and international formats. Is there a greater confluence of this blog’s core themes than this date? 😸 🎹

The picture above was from an old Reddit post. We have featured a few cats with the TR-808’s successor, the TR-8, such as this post from 2017, courtesy of adrianhalo on Instagram.

They have a very different look – the TR-8 was part of Roland’s AIRA series with the glowing controls. The sound and technology is also different, but both instruments have found their way into a great variety of music.

CatSynth Pic: Casio in Bedroom Studio (Korg, iPad Pro)

Casio the tabby cat finds a comfy spot in this cozy bedroom studio. By Kris Nicholson via Facebook.

This little bedside studio is designed for me not to get out of bed and it’s not just a little music studio but also I can create my computer animations using Poser.

I’m using a Korg microSTATION Music Workstation and iPad Pro loaded with music apps and synthesizer apps and also you can see my cat her name is Casio.