Borat the kitten and Yamaha EZ 200 Keyboard

Borat, an adorable black kitten, jumps up on a Yamaha keyboard (which we at CatSynth identified as the EZ 200) and plays us a song. Found via Borat’s Twitter feed.

CatSynth Pic: Two Cats in the Studio

We have two cats in this studio during purrfect yin-yang pose under a pale blue light. Submitted by Derek Carter via our Facebook page.

We see an M-Audio Oxygen controller on the desk, and a Moog Sub-37 (or Subsequent?) in the lower right corner.

Wordless Wednesday: Gate of Heaven (Mare Island)

Mare Island shipyard, California.

CatSynth Pic: Emily and Modular

Emily proudly sits atop a Eurorack modular system. She clearly owns it and is in charge. Submitted by Gunfire H. Horibly via our Facebook page.

We see a CTAG Strรคmpler up front, and a cool-looking hexagonal thing next to it – if anyone can identify that, please let us know in the comments.

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.