CatSynth Video: Sophie’s Cameo (Arturia Matrixbrute, Studiologic Sledge, Alesis Samplepad, more)

Submitted by Chrissie Caulfied via Twitter and YouTube.

Another garden-based synth jam to celebrate Stuart’s purchase of an Arturia Matrixbrute and Studiologic Sledge 2.0 Me: Elektron Digitone, Novation Circuit, Alesis Samplepad pro (rather badly at the start!)

Wait for Sophie to appear at 2:46 ­čśŞ

CatSynth Pic: Cat in the Studio

No, this isn’t Sam Sam, though this cat does look a bit like her from behind.┬á This is the cat that lives with synthguy216, who shares this photo via Instagram.┬á He has certainly mastered the art of playing two-tier keyboards ­čśŞ

CatSynth Pic: Cat, Alesis Keyboard, and Mod Wheel

Cat and Alesis Q25

Cat with an Alesis keyboard – I’m pretty sure it’s a Q25. From Matty Dread via the Facebook group Synthesizer Freaks.

Aha. I knew it.
Finally caught the cat remapping control messages to the mod wheel.

CatSynth video: Alesis Photon and iPhone

Synth jam with Alesis Photon, iPhone, and cat ­čś╗. From victimasdelspleen on Instagram.

CatSynth video: Cat, Alesis and iPod

From William Potter, victimasdelspleen on Instagram.

CatSynth video: shadow cat (modular synth)

From Ebotronix on YouTube, via matrixsynth. Quite the modular synth collection in this recording, plus one cool cat.

4ms Peg, QCD /Expander┬▓ ,QPLFO, RCD, VCA Matrix
Analogue Systems RS 100┬▓, RS110┬▓┬▓, RS 360┬▓
Bananalogue Serge VCS
Cyndustries Zeroscillator┬▓
Doepfer R2m, A101-2, A114, A118,A134┬▓┬▓, A143-2,A151┬▓┬▓
A152, A175┬▓┬▓,A185-2, A138abc, A192-1( 4Vox midi CC )
Flame 4 Vox ,Chord Machine┬▓, FX 16, Talking Synth Module┬▓
flight of harmony choices
Make Noise Brains ,PP┬▓,Maths┬▓,Moddemix┬▓┬▓,QMMG,
Optomix, Wogglebug┬▓
Malekko Anti┬▓┬▓, Unkle┬▓┬▓,Jag
Moog FreqBox┬▓┬▓, MP201
Roland SVC-350 Vocoder, System 104 Sequencer
SSL Modulation Orgy
Tip Top Audio Z8000 manual voltage source
Toppobrillo Quantimator┬▓(min pentatonic),Sportmodulator,TWF
Logic masterclock to Kenton Pro 2000
Rocktron Rack Interface┬▓
FX : Alesis 3630,Philtre,Boss VF-1,Lexicon PCM 80
Line 6 Echopro ,Red Federation BPM FX Pro
TC M one XL, M3000
mackie the mixer┬▓
drums Ultrabeat
vid # 1284

CatSynth pic: Miles the Cat likes Alesis Micron Synth

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Another picture featuring Miles the cat, this time with an Alesis Micron. From L.T., via matrixsynth.

“Seems Miles the Cat is developing a keen interest in synthesizers and such.”

CatSynth pic: Styrenes

Submitted by Louisa Hufstader via our Facebook page.

“Francisco Silverado L├ęon at Styrene Studios West, Napa, Calif., home of The Styrenes.”

If you would like to submit your own cat-and-music pictures, you do so via Facebook, by tweeting us @catsynth, or contacting us.

Battle of the iPad Docks at NAMM. Behringer iStudio and Alesis iO Dock

iPad docks seem to be a theme this year at NAMM. Basically, these are high-end iPad shells that provide audio and MIDI I/O functionality. Consider the iStudio from Behringer.

The iPad fits into the dock and serves both as the computer and screen. The dock provides several controls one would find in a small portable studio and then a host of standards I/O ports on the back, including XLR, 1/4″ audio, video and MIDI.

But no sooner had I encountered the Behringer model than I came across a very similar one from Alesis:

Here, the Alesis iO Dock is controlling the Korg iMS-20 iPad Synth. Like the Behringer, it has XLR, MIDI, unbalanced audio and video. They even both have footswitch inputs.

So which one is better? It’s not really something I can say. They seem more focused on people who want to use their iPad as a workstation rather than as a live instrument the way I do, which requires being able to move it freely (and switch to portrait mode) and lift it show to the audience. But now that several companies are coming out with docks, maybe we will see more variations.

CatSynth pic: Gravitarium 2.

Via matrixsynth:

This one in via Silent Strike who composed the tracks for the app with a Clavia Nord Modular 1, Micron Alesis, Jomox Mbase, Reason 4 Propellerheads, M-audio Axiom 25, Elektron Drumachine (pic at the bottom of this post). The app does not allow you to manipulate sound, but I thought it was interesting to acknowledge some of the gear used to create the audio for this app. The Waldorf Blofeld and Yamaha AN200 pictured however were not used.

Looks like Silent Strike had a studio supervisor involved.

There is also info on the app itself.

Gravitarium 2 combines music, art and science in one relaxing experience. Use all your fingers to guide the star flow. You can create 10 different animations depending on the number of fingers touching the screen:

1 – Rocket, 2 – Sparkle, 3 – Energy flow, 4 – Atomic, 5 – 3D freeze, 6 – Circularium, 7 – Fish, 8 – Vortex, 9 – Lasers, 10 – Lightning.

Use different options to create spectacular drawings made of stars. You can load the “Drawing” preset from the “Options” screen.

I will be taking a look at this app. The idea of creativity and relaxation does appeals to me, but the game-play part is a bit less exciting – though it is the trend in the mobile-app space.