Shiro and Casio SK-8

We have a couple of beautiful model shots of Shiro with his Casio SK-8

From Héctor D. Genis (@hdgenis)

Shiro feliz con su Casio SK8 creando acordes para nuevas rolitas.

My best effort as translation:

“A happy Shiro with his Casio SK-8 creating chords for new songs”

The Casio SK-8 is one of the rarer members of the SK series. It has similar ROM sounds and rhythms, and a lo-fi sampler. It also has some drum pads, which are a nice touch. It would seem to have been geared toward the educational market, as it has LEDs that light up above the keys. More details can be found here.

Shiro, Yamaha YC20, Roland TR707 and JX8P, more

Shiro Poses adorably atop the red Yamaha YC20 organ. We also see two Casio SK-1s, a Roland JX-8P, and a Roland TR-707 drum machine.

From Héctor Genis (@hdgenis) on Twtitter.

If Shiro’s collection of instruments looks familiar, you would be correct. It is the same set that Saruman posed on last week. Siblings Shiro and Saruman live in Mexico City with their human.

Saruman, Roland JX-8P, TR-707, Yamaha YC-20

Our friend Saruman from Mexico City has a nice stack of keyboards today: a Roland JX-8P (with a TR-707 drum machine on top), a Yamaha YC-20 combo organ below with its beautiful red finish; Saruman seems particularly interested in the small keyboard in the middle, which I’m thinking is actually two Casio SK-1s…

From Héctor Genis (hdgenis) on Twitter.

Casio SK-5 32-Key Sampling Keyboard

A cute cat positing with a Casio SK-5 sampling keyboard. From an auction, seen on matrixsynth.

via this auction

kitty not included

works like a charm and has been taken care of very well. has some signs of use but nothing alarming. will need new batteries for sure. perfect lofi sounds. the organs are my favorite.”

https://www.matrixsynth.com/2023/01/casio-sk-5-32-key-sampling-keyboard.html

The drum pads on the SK-5 are instrument, and different from the SK-1 and SK-10 that we have here at CatSynth HQ.

Saruman, Yamaha CS30 and DX7, Casio SK-1

We have another show of Saruman in action on his vintage Yamaha CS30 and DX7 synthesizers. In true cat form, he is able to play both at the same time. We also see the Casio SK-1 sampler in the middle.

From our friend hdgenis (Héctor D. Genis) on Instagram. To see Saruman’s other appearances on CatSynth, please visit his tag.

Saruman, Casio SK-1, Strymon, Death By Audio

Tabby cat, conch shell, guitar pedals (Strymon TimeLife and Big Sky, Death By Audio), Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard

Saruman gets ready for a live set with a Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard, two pedals from our friends at Strymon – Timeline and Big Sky – and a pedal from Death By Audio. And a conch shell to boot. Looks like he has a great show planned for us.

Submitted by Héctor D. Genis (hdgenis) via Instagram.

Saruman plays the Casio SK-1

Remember Saruman from last week? His human, hdgenis, shared this reel with us where he “plays” the Casio SK-1.

My cat with his first synthesizer

We see a Strymon Timeline delay pedal – it sounds like the SK-1 is playing out through it; a Maschine (Native Instruments) sits nearby as well.

Saruman, Yamaha CS-30, Casio SK-1

Cat on top of a Yamaha CS-30 synthesizer, pressing two keys.  A Casio SK-1 keyboard sits below.

Saruman the cat plays a note or two on a vintage Yamaha CS-30 synthesizer. Below we see a Casio SK-1. From hdgenis on Instagram.

My cat on Yamaha CS30 🐈‍⬛🎹

The Yamaha CS-30 is a fully analog subtractive synth with two VCOs, to VCFs with lowpass and hi-pass, as well as VCAs, envelopes, etc typical of analog synths. What is interesting about it is the ability to route the various elements in a semi-modular fashion. The SK-1 is of course a rather coveted sampling keyboard from the early 1980s.