Spitfire Audio Fractured Strings, Metasonix, Native Instruments, and More

David Levy and his cat return, with an “epic” sounding riff featuring Spitfire Audio’s “Fractured Strings” run through Metasonix models, processors from Overstayer and Thermionic Culture, and more.

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.

Bear Performs Arpeggios (Akai, Native Instruments, Behringer, Novation)

Bear performs an arpeggiated solo for us across multiple synths. From HiddenBytes on Twitter.

We see Akai MPK-249 and NI Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2 as Bear’s main keyboards. There are also Behringer RD-8 and TD-3 beat machines, a Novation Launchpad, an Akai Fire, and an NI Maschine MK 3.

Metasonix, Qu-Bit, Native Instruments, and White Cat

This cat has a pretty awesome Metasonix setup, with several yellow modules and stomp. We also see offerings from Qu-Bit and Native Instruments.

From davidlevymusic on Instagram.

Here’s some UAC (light combat) stuff!

The main synths are running through several parallel stages of distortion (tube+solid state), waveshaping, heavy compression and harmonic saturation.💀

The cat, on the other hand, isn’t running through anything and is completely unprocessed! 🐁

Speaking of the cat, notice how he’s watching my every move, like he’s learning.
I’m convinced he’s plotting to take over my career one day! 🤔


CatSynth Pic: Zelda the Gray (Arturia, DSI, Maschine, and More)

After a brief hiatus over the weekend, we’re back – more on that later.  In the meantime, we have this cute photo of  Zelda the Gray with a DSI Evolver, Arturia KeyStep, Native Instruments Maschine, and more 😺.  From skaterdays on Instagram.


CatSynth video: NI Maschine + MS Surface Pro demo (Windows 8 tablet for music production)

From acemonvw on YouTube, via matrixsynth. The discussion of the interaction between the Maschine and the Surface Pro went through several revisions and updates. Here is an excerpt from the most recent:

If you’re interested in knowing, I have since studied Maschine and the Surface Pro and find they work pretty well together. I have had much fewer hangups since switching to the ASIO driver. I also found that a few services were causing issues randomly 1) Windows Modules Installer Worker, 2) WMI provider host, and 3) System. System was strange in that it was at about 30% CPU forever. Maschine only took up 10% CPU when running using 2 reaktors, 1 massive, and one Kontakt. Pretty impressive actually!

Yes, the levels seem to be off, I just wanted to experiment with
Maschine and the Surface Pro…

My cat Bonnie was enjoying the process too

We think Bonnie was actually rather indifferent to the whole thing 🙂