Borris and Teisco Synthesizer 110F

Tabby cat on a chair behind a Teisco Synthesizer 110F (analog synthesizer from 1980)

Borris proudly shows off his Teisco Synthesizer 110F. Submitted by Edda Jayne Hill via our Facebook page.

Borris posing with his fave synth.

He is very proud that he can operate it and get crazy sci-fi sounds from this thing, the other day he made it sound like a cat meowing 😸

We at CatSynth would love to hear some of Borris’ patches.

The Teisco S110F is a two-oscillator analog synthesizer released by Kawaii (under their Teisco brand) in 1980. It is a classic-style subtractive analog synth with resonant VCF, a high-pass filter and the usual envelopes, LFO, and sample-and-hold for modulation.

Pinkie and Ensoniq VFX

Pinkie the cat and Ensoniq VFX

Pinkie has just written a new sound patch on the Ensoniq VFX and she is very proud of it 😺. Submitted by Edda Jayne Hill via our Facebook page.

She will probably switch on the Atari ST and get a sequence going next 👍

Sounds like a great combination. The VFX was the successor to the Ensoniq SQ-80, a flexible wavetable synthesizer that could achieve complex timbres by shifting through different waveforms, a technique pioneered by the PPG Wave. It was released at about the same time as I got my Ensoniq EPS (as I was very focused on sampling at the time). But the VFX is particularly intriguing now as we are in the midst of a proliferation of wavetable-based instruments.

The Atari ST is another interesting electronic-music artifact from the late 1980s, but that’s a story for another time.