Lola and Roland MC-202 Rhythm Composer

Lola (the calico cat) is inspecting a Roland MC-202 rhythm composer. From exfade_electronics via Instagram.

More accent? Lola (the cat) probably has a better grasp of the sequencer than I do!

The MC-202 was among Roland’s first grooveboxes. It has a synthesizer architecture (and visual look) similar to the original SH-101, but also looked ahead to the TB-303.

Primus and Roland TR-808

Primus the cat sits on top of a Roland TR-808 drum machine.

Primus programs a classic Roland TR-808. From Gunfire H. Horibly via our Facebook page.

The TR-808, or simple the 808 as it is affectionately known, was not an initial commercial success. It was only in production from 1980 to 1982 And its sounds were not particularly realistic, but it did have a distinct character than some artists of the time. It has since achieved a cult following and can be heard on more recordings than perhaps any other drum machine. Roland has also released two “reboots” in recent years, a “Boutique” TR-08 version and the TR-8s for the Aira series.

CatSynth Pic: Roland System 8, Behringer VC340, Vermona DRM-1

This handsome cat is in command in the studio, with a Roland System 8 (top), Behringer VC340 vocoder (center right), and a silver device that will be left as an exercise to the reader. [Update. An astute reader identified this as a Vermona DRM-1]

From Dirk Vanstraelen via Facebook.

Blixa and Sasha in the Studio (Roland and Arturia)

Blixa and Sasha are sitting together in the studio. We see Roland TR 707 and TR-8S rhythm machines, along with an Arturia DrumBrute. From Neil Parker via Facebook. 💕

I love these fluffy things more than anything.

I know the feeling. They are indeed so precious to us.

You can see more of Blixa and Sasha via Blixa’s tag on CatSynth.

Abby and a Keyboard Tower (Roland, Casio)

Cute little Abby sits next to a tower of vintage keyboard synths. On top is a Roland Alpha Juno 1; below it is a Roland S-10 sampling synthesizer. On the bottom level is a Casio CZ3000. The last one is left as an exercise to the reader.

Submitted by Nikki Chavez via our Facebook page.

I managed to catch cute little fun-sized Abby in my studio today. She has a stern looking face, but that’s just the tortie-tude. She’s actually a sweetheart!!

CatSynth Pic: Roland Juno and Sequential Prophet 12

A beautiful orange cat sits atop a Roland Juno-106 synthesizer. Below we see a Sequential Prophet 12 (keyboard edition). From guidecore on Instagram.

Hola Buenos Días~ let’s meet the cat synthesizer.. 🐱🎹

The Juno-106 and Prophet 12 are both fine instruments. We at CatSynth have a Prophet 12 – it’s a favorite. As for the Juno, we are enjoying our virtual edition from Arturia. You can see our recent tutorial and review in this video.

Blixa with Arturia, Roland, Behringer, Eurorack

Blixa returns to CatSynth today. We see an Arturia Drumbrute and Rackbrute stuffed with sundry Eurorack modules; a Behringer TD-3 (yellow edition) and a Roland TR-8s.

From Neil Parker via Facebook.

Leo, Access Virus, Roland SP404sx, Arturia Keystep Pro

Leo is clearly proud of his minimalist road-ready setup featuring an Access Virus, Roland SP404sx, and Arturia Keystep Pro. Submitted by our friend @6bq9music via Twitter.

Here are some more pics of Leo with his setup.

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Current Mood (Cwejman, Roland, Make Noise, more)

Our first CatSynth pic of 2021 features an image from stretta on Twitter. A beautiful cat, with a Roland A-50 keyboard, a Cwejman S1 (semi-modular synthesizer) and several Make Noise modules (we have that Intellijel case here at CatSynth HQ).

CatSynth Pics: Roland and Yamaha DX27

Roland the cat sits on top of a Yamaha DX27 synthesizer. From Leanne Pattinson via Facebook. Here is another photo of him when he was younger.

Although we see Roland with a Yamaha synth, we are informed that he also has several namesake synths as well.