CatSynth pic: Taro and Prophet 5

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From Sawa Masaki on flickr (it’s been a while). Taro composes on the Prophet 5 and K5000S.

NAMM: MIDI at 30

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface), the protocol that we use to connect musical instruments together, has officially been around for 30 years now, and the occasion was being marked with an exhibit at NAMM:

There were some of the earliest instruments as well as those demonstrating how it is being used today. The Yamaha Disklavier series was quite prominent, as an instrument that is both acoustic and a MIDI device at the same time. There was also the Prophet 600, a forerunner to the Prophet 12 we reviewed yesterday and the first commercially available instrument to implement MIDI.

In the middle, between “1983” and “2013”, were a few of the devices I remember from the mid-1980s.

I had a Yamaha box (a sequencer) with the same beveled shape as the TX7 pictured here. And I was quite interested in the Atari ST computer, though was never able to get one. Both devices seem quite primitive today. Unlike the analog synthesizers that we have been reviewing, earlier digital devices don’t seem to hold up as well. Nonetheless, the MIDI protocol itself is still vital for much electronic music-making, despite its well-documented limitations in speed and resolution.

CatSynth pic: Mimi and Drumtraks (3)

One more picture of Mimi with the Sequential Drumtraks, courtesy of our friend Eric Pochesci of Polynominal:

Follow the link to see Mimi’s previous pictures.

CatSynth pic: Mimi and Drumtraks

Another in our series featuring Mimi and the Sequential Drumtraks.   From Eric Pochesci of Polynominal.

You can see the previous picture in the series that was posted last Tuesday.

CatSynth pic: Mimi and Drumtraks

From our friend Eric Pochesci of Polynominal, some more pictures of Mimi, this time with a Sequential Drumtraks:

I also thought this was a great sepia-tone photo, and quite well posed with Mimi pushing one of the buttons. Look for more of Mimi in the next few days.

We would like to remind readers that they can always submit your own cat-and-synthesizer or cat-and-music pictures via facebook, twitter @catsynth, or using our handy submission form.

Midnight Monday CatSynth pic

Another from DeadZone, this time inside the original case from the Pro One:

See this photo from last week featuring this Luna look-alike with the fully modified Pro One.


CatSynth pic: Pro One

Submitted by DeadZone:

Pro One (sequential) in a wooden case.

Doesn’t the cat look so much like Luna? How did she get in there?

Check out more Cats on Tuesday.