Saruman returns, this time playing vintage Yamaha CS-30 and DX7 synthesizers. The SK-1 from some of his previous appearances is also here.
From hdgenis on Instagram.
My cat playing my Yamaha CS30 and DX7 🎹
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.
A CatSynth video from the great Chris Marker
Marker’s cat naps peacefully atop a Yamaha DX7 synthesizer. From his collection Bestiaire aka Petit Bestiaire (1990), consisting of three ‘video haikus’:
We at CatSynth love Chris Marker’s film Sans Soleil. It made an indelible mark on my thoughts about film and even inspired me to go find and visit the shrine dedicate to cats outside Tokyo that he featured. You can read about that adventure here.
Handsome tabby Eli poses with a Yamaha Reface DX synthesizer. Submitted by Elias Laughton via our Facebook page.
Like Sam Sam and Luna, Eli was a shelter cat. We always love hearing about shelter cats finding their forever homes. If you are looking for a new feline addition to the family, please do consider adopting a rescue!
The Yamaha Reface DX is a reissue of the DX line from the 1980s, specifically, the 4-operator models like the DX27 or TX81Z. It lacks some of the TX81Z’s features like alternate operator waveforms but adds some new elements like continuing feedback and each operator. You can read more about it at Yamaha’s official page.
Those who follow our Instagram are regularly treated to photos and videos of Sam Sam and her adventures around CatSynth HQ. For those who don’t, we can assure you that she is doing well and is being spoiled rotten.
Sam Sam has made this blanket one of her favorite spots for napping and relaxing. It is quite warm and soft. In this video, we see her kneading it and purring up a storm.
It’s good to be the cat!
Here we see her posing with our Korg Volca FM sytnhesizer.
This photo was taken while preparing for our recent video on the Volca FM, which you can check out on YouTube. One of the nice things about these small battery-powered synths like the Korg Volcas and the Roland Boutiques is that we play them on the bed. And if I’m there playing a synth, reading, or napping, Sam Sam is likely to follow.
We hope you have a fun weekend, however you define it. And if you are Instagram, please do follow us 😻.
Merlot the tuxedo cat showing off a new patch on the Yamaha DX21, one of Yamaha’s many classic 4-operator FM synthesizers.
From Andreas Gregor via Facebook.
Szarik that cat returns in this video from From KATOD’s upcoming album. via our Facebook page.
HQ audio: https://katodmusic.bandcamp.com/track/haunted-single
Track from new, upcoming album (2018)
– Yamaha DX7
– Ambika synth
– electric guitar Jackson DK2S
– drums played on pads and written
– Atari 1040ST (as MIDI sequencer)
Written & directed by Mariusz Wasilewski
Girl #1 – Daria Cieniak
Girl #2 – Iwona Szylin
Boy #1 – Konrad Domaszewski
Boy #2 – Jakub Gryzowski
Cyborg cat #1 – Kamila Górka-Czarska
Cyborg cat #2 – Ilona Baran
Cat – Szarik cat
Camera operators: Stanisław Patejko, Mariusz Wasilewski, Marcin Czerwienny, Tomasz Kowal, Artur Tymański
Edited by Mariusz Wasilewski
Music performed by KATOD(Mariusz Wasilewski) – “Haunted” track from upcoming album (2018)
Make up & stylist, Catering & drinks – Sylvia Katarzyna, Kamila Górka-Czarska
Mateusz Raginia (Fiat 125p owner), Sebastian Tawgien (VW Golf 1 owner), Krzysztof Grudziński (Taxi driver & help)
Produced by Mariusz Wasilewski
There is definitely a 1980s theme in the aesthetic as well as the instrumentation 😺
Comes with cartridge 3, which allows you to factory reset the DX7. Also I will send you my sysex library which includes patches I’ve found and made. You can easily send sysex patches to the DX7 via MIDI and a sysex librarian program.
• Yamaha 3, 64 Patches
• Yamaha 4, 64 Patches
• Yamaha DX7 Data Cartridge, 32 Patches
• Bo Tomlyn’s Best of the USA, 64 Patches
• Bo Tomlyn’s Top Forty, 64 Patches
This was the coveted instrument in the mid 1980s that I didn’t have, though I did get a TX81Z module which I have to this day. These days, we at CatSynth also have a Yamaha TX802 module (essentially a multitimbral timbral module that shares the DX7’s 6-operator FM architecture), so not much need for another. But if you are looking for this (in)famous instrument, this auction might be worth a look.
Cute black cat playing a Korg Volca FM synthesizer. Submitted by Stephen Cort Smith via our Facebook page.
This picture is too adorable, especially because we love black cats. But it’s also a reminder that I need to explore the Volca FM more here at CatSynth HQ as I have only scratched the surface.
This is Paremsan the cat. He comes to us courtesy of Anton Gabriel Largoza-Maza via our CatSynth page.
Parmesan paid a visit, looking at the strange new synth just beside the DX7.
What could this strange new synth be…
A Korg Minilogue! An excellent choice for humans and felines alike. But we think Parmesan particularly enjoys his scritches.