Bread, Teenage Engineering OP-1, Polyend Tracker

Our friend Bread has his paws on a Teenage Engineering OP-1, which is safely beneath an acrylic cover. Both Bread and the OP-1 sit atop a Polyend Tracker.

Submitted by Anton Gabriel Largoza-Maza via our Facebook page. Regular readers might know him better as thedigitalpurrgatory on Instagram.

Bread and Tuna with Yamaha DX100 and RX7

Orange cat on a Yamaha DX100 synthesizer.  Black cat on a Yamaha RX7 drum machine.  All are on top of a checkered tablecloth

Bread (orange) and Tuna (black) team up again. Bread is playing the Yamaha DX100 FM synthesizer and Tuna has his paws on the RX7 drum machine. Together, they are ready for some retro-1980s Yamaha-synth fun. From thedigitalpurrgatory on Instagram.

The RX7 is quite similar to the RX5 drum machine we have here at CatSynth HQ, and a fine instrument in itself – the only main differences are that the RX5 has separate outputs for different pads and more complex envelope editing. You can find out more about the RX5 (and by extension the RX7) in our recent demo and tutorial.

Bread with Yamaha DX100 and DX7

Bread is back, and this time he is playing two of Yamaha’s classic FM instruments, the legendary DX7, and the smaller DX100. From thedigitalpurrgatory via Instagram.

Bread likes his frequencies modulated.

The DX100 is a four-operator FM synthesizer, similar to the DX27 and DX21, but lacking the extended features of the TX81Z. The DX7 is, of course, the six-operator FM workhorse of its era, and the most well-known of the entire line.

Bread and Yamaha DX100

Bread checks the volume on his Yamaha DX100 synthesizer. Submitted by thedigitalpurrgatory via Instagram.

The DX100 was the smallest of Yamaha’s famous DX series. A 4-op FM engine with mini keys, it’s sounds were compatible with the other 4-operator instruments, including the TX81Z, though it did not include some features of the latter.