Saruman, Yamaha CS30 and DX7, Casio SK-1

We have another show of Saruman in action on his vintage Yamaha CS30 and DX7 synthesizers. In true cat form, he is able to play both at the same time. We also see the Casio SK-1 sampler in the middle.

From our friend hdgenis (Héctor D. Genis) on Instagram. To see Saruman’s other appearances on CatSynth, please visit his tag.

Saruman, Casio SK-1, Strymon, Death By Audio

Tabby cat, conch shell, guitar pedals (Strymon TimeLife and Big Sky, Death By Audio), Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard

Saruman gets ready for a live set with a Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard, two pedals from our friends at Strymon – Timeline and Big Sky – and a pedal from Death By Audio. And a conch shell to boot. Looks like he has a great show planned for us.

Submitted by Héctor D. Genis (hdgenis) via Instagram.

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.

Saruman, Yamaha CS-30, Casio SK-1

Cat on top of a Yamaha CS-30 synthesizer, pressing two keys.  A Casio SK-1 keyboard sits below.

Saruman the cat plays a note or two on a vintage Yamaha CS-30 synthesizer. Below we see a Casio SK-1. From hdgenis on Instagram.

My cat on Yamaha CS30 🐈‍⬛🎹

The Yamaha CS-30 is a fully analog subtractive synth with two VCOs, to VCFs with lowpass and hi-pass, as well as VCAs, envelopes, etc typical of analog synths. What is interesting about it is the ability to route the various elements in a semi-modular fashion. The SK-1 is of course a rather coveted sampling keyboard from the early 1980s.