Behringer RD-8 and Modular

This cat is singing to accompaniment from a Behringer RD-8 Rhythm Composer and a modular system housed in Arturia RackBrute 6U case. We see offerings from Mutable Instruments, Dopfer, TipTop Audio, Behringer (again), Endorphines, and more.

Submitted by Michael Caves via our Facebook page.

CatSynth Pic: Modular Cat

Cats fit into the strangest places. That includes spare HPs in a modular system. In addition to the cat, we see many familiar modules (and a Keystep Pro). Full list of brands in the tags for this post.

From John Rennie via Facebook.

CatSynth Pic: Line 6, Sequential, Waldorf, Arturia, Eurorack

Cute cat with a Line 6 delay pedal, Sequential (Dave Smith) Tetra and Mopho, Waldorf Blofeld, two – yes two – Arturia BeatStep Pros, and sundry Eurorack modules. (I can’t get enough of the word “sundry”)

From Wellington Bär via Facebook.

Blixa and Sasha in the Studio (Roland and Arturia)

Blixa and Sasha are sitting together in the studio. We see Roland TR 707 and TR-8S rhythm machines, along with an Arturia DrumBrute. From Neil Parker via Facebook. 💕

I love these fluffy things more than anything.

I know the feeling. They are indeed so precious to us.

You can see more of Blixa and Sasha via Blixa’s tag on CatSynth.

Catnip Symphony #3 (Arturia MiniLab)

Oh my goodness, this is just too cute! Tony of “Tony & Frankie” serenades us with a performance on an Arturia MiniLab and software instruments.

From tony.and.frankie on Instagram. They also have a Facebook page.

Blixa with Arturia, Roland, Behringer, Eurorack

Blixa returns to CatSynth today. We see an Arturia Drumbrute and Rackbrute stuffed with sundry Eurorack modules; a Behringer TD-3 (yellow edition) and a Roland TR-8s.

From Neil Parker via Facebook.

Farewell to 2020, a year like no other

How does one summarize a year like this? Words like “unprecedented” seem trite, and we learned from our experience with 2016 that even a difficult year has its beautiful moments. 2020 started out normal enough, with our annual pilgrimage to NAMM but quickly veered into surreal territory, and that was before the first COVID-19 lockdown was announced…on my birthday. Everything that has happened since has happened in the shadow of the pandemic. Perhaps the lowest moment was losing our dear friend Serena Toxicat. But the year has also brought unique experiences and opportunities, such as making music with musicians I admire together on opposite sides of the country. Indeed, as I was grieving the sudden loss of Serena, I received a call from my then-new collaborator G Calvin Weston offering comfort and support, and we have developed a closer friendship along with our musical collaboration. That moment perhaps summarizes the complexity of 2020 as much as any.

It has also been a banner year for CatSynth TV with rapid growth in viewership and subscriptions, but also the craft of making the videos in a variety of structures: synth reviews, interviews, documentaries, and art pieces. Of course, a few things remain active on the blog, our cat-and-music pics, Wordless Wednesday, and the occasional article. But for the most part, the transition from blog to video is complete.

The year ends on a note of optimism for 2021. The vaccines are arriving (we just need to make sure people take them); things are a bit more hopeful politically in the country, and we can start to repair the damage of the past five years. The album I have been working on – a musical statement – is coming together and will be released in the first part of the new year. Our little household at CatSynth HQ is safe and healthy and closer than ever – even Sam Sam and Big Merp seem to be getting along better now. And of course, we’re going to continue to share more videos, images, and ideas.

2020 has reminded us that we cannot know what is in store, and that improbable things can have a tremendous impact on our lives. We will face what comes as best we can, and focus on what is most important. And thank you for continuing to be a part of this journey with us.

CatSynth Video: Arturia MiniLab with Tony and Frankie

One from a treasure trove of performances on the Arturia MiniLab by cats Tony and Frankie on Instagram and TikTok. Listen to the accompanying mews in this one.

Black Kitten with Arturia MicroBrute (Red), Behringer Model D, Theremin

Cute black kitten sits atop an Arturia MicroBrute (red edition), above Behringer Model D synthesizer and next to a theremin. From Sinclair Castro via Facebook.

Arturia DrumBrute and Korg Minilogue xd

This cool calico cat has managed to play both the Arturia DrumBrute and Korg Minilogue xd at the same time 😸

From Drew Millar via Facebook.