CatSynth Pic: Cat and Nord Keyboard

Cute cat with a Nord keyboard. From Man-l Adsr on Facebook.

Clearly, this cat has great taste in keyboards (this looks to be an early Nord Electro). We also see some of those stickers identifying names and notes of keys that we have seen a few other recent keyboard photos.

CatSynth Pic: Cat and Digital Piano

Cute cat with a 88-key digital piano. From Karl Jensen via Facebook.

The “FIMO HK 200” border is apparently from FIMO, a film-emulator app for iOS and Android. It looks a lot like the Hipstamatic app I have been using for years – I will definitely check it out.

CatSynth Pic: Ottilia and Casio Keyboard

Beautiful Ottilia sits atop a Casio Keyboard. Here is a close-up of her toes.

From @Minium2010 via Twitter, submitted by @GazouilleurFou

I think it’s interesting that they added these notation and name overlays to the keys.

CatSynth Video: Katy’s Organ Solo

Another organ solo by Katy. I leave the instrument turned on so that I can practice spontaneously, so every once in a while we get to hear these brilliant little improvisations… often at the most inappropriate times.I should note that her pedal technique is extraordinary, probably better than my own. Think what I could do with four feet!

Posted by Stanley Jackson on Monday, April 6, 2020

Katy performs an organ solo. Apparently, she has been practicing quite a bit.

From Wayne Jackson of Later Days, who is also the founder of Woodstockhausen and μhausen (micro-hausen). See all our μhausen posts here. And check out this video from the 2018 event.

CatSynth Pic: Hiding Space

This cat found a cute hiding space under the keyboard and on top of the patch cables. From Marcus Pearson via the Facebook group Synthesizer Freaks.

CatSynth Pic: Black Cat on a Keyboard

This cute black cat has found a nice place to sit on top of a keyboard and sheltered by another.  From Michael Mercier via Facebook.

Identification of the keyboards left as an exercise to the reader 😺🎹

CatSynth Video: Sarper Duman and his Cats

Sarper Duman returns to CatSynth with one of his beautiful serenades with his cats 😻. From his Facebook page.

If you want to wake up to every new day with a real and unconditional love, adopt an animal.. Even if they don’t see, even if they’re missing a leg, they have no handicap in loving and being loved.. 🖤🐈🎹
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Her yeni güne gerçek, çıkarsız bir sevgiyle başlamak istiyorsanız, hayvan sahiplenin.. Görmeseler de, bir bacakları eksik de olsa, sevmeye, sevilmeye hiçbir engelleri yok.. 🖤🐈🎹

The moment where the tabby crawls onto the keyboard is priceless!

 

CatSynth Pic: Shadow, Brodie, and M-Audio Axiom Keyboard

Our feline pals Shadow and Brodie are back!  And they appear to be hard at work on their next hit song as they sit at their keyboard – an M-Audio Axiom – together.  Submitted by Anne Corwin via our Facebook page.

CatSynth Pic: Cat and Keyboard

This cat is getting ready to play an A flat, or an F sharp, or maybe the G in between them. By Jess D. Skov-Nielsen via Facebook.

NAMM 2018: Nord Electro 6

We resume of coverage of the 2018 NAMM Show after a few days break – and a nasty bout of “NAMMthrax” – with the latest spin on an old favorite: the Nord Electro 6.

Longtime readers know that I have been a user of Nord keyboards since I got my trusty Nord Stage EX back in 2010.  It has served me well, but have sometimes been envious of the features in subsequent generations, notably the expandable Piano Library and Sample Library (the original Stage does not support the sample library at all).  With the Electro 6, the separation from the Stage line is much more blurred, and it calls into question the need for a Stage at all for those of us who fell in love with Nord keyboards for their electric pianos.  The Electro 6 supports up to 3 layers and splits (something previously limited to the Stage).  The electric piano (and acoustic piano) section is enhanced with new layering features and its own filter section that allows one to dial in different tones within a particular model.  And the piano library is expandable with 1GB of memory.  The organ section uses the C2D engine, and a rock organ is quite handy in a variety of situations.  The sample library allows for classic Mellotron sounds as well as a variety of others.  The one section from the Stage that is missing is the independent A1 synth (similar to the Lead).  Personally, it is the section I use the least, so I wouldn’t miss it if I moved over to the Electro.  Plus, this model would be a little bit easier to schlep back and forth to gigs.

The Electro 6 comes in three models: 61-key and 73-key semi-weighted with mechanical organ drawbars; and the “HP” version with 73 fully weighted keys and LED drawbars.  As a pianist, the latter would be my preference.

If you are already fortunate enough to have an Electro 4 or 5, the 6 probably won’t be a big enough change to warrant an upgrade, especially at the high prices these instruments command.  But if one has been waiting eight years, it might be the time…