Oranjello returns with his vintage Juno synthesizer.
Gracie is back! This time with an Ensoniq SQ-80 synthesizer. From Alsún Ní Chasaide (Alison Cassidy) via Facebook.
It seems that Gracie really likes this particular synth 😸
The SQ-80 is an interesting synth that came out about the same time as the Ensoniq EPS (which along with its successor the ASR-10 were mainstays of my studio until about 2000). From Vintage Synth Explorer:
The SQ-80 is basically a reved-up ESQ-1 with a total of 75 waveforms, a 61-note keyboard with velocity & aftertouch, floppy disk drive for storing patches and sequences, and an enhanced sequencer. Great for organs, analog-type sounds, pads and sound effects. Like the classic ESQ-1, the SQ-80 functions in providing analog-type 4-pole lowpass filtering and editing of digital waveforms. Each voice can combine up to 3 of the 75 waveforms. These waveforms include multi-sampled transient attack waves such as violin bow, plectrum picks, mallet, hammer, breath attacks and percussive sounds. There are also 5 sampled drum sets. Three LFOs are onboard for some pretty wild modulation of the sounds you create or edit.
This cat knows how to frame his poses purrfectly 😸
Most of the modular is obscured by this cutie, but we do espy a pair of KOMA Field Kits, as well as a Buchla Music Easel.
From catsofmodular on Instagram.
Adorable Pearl sits atop an Access Virus TI synthesizer. And they match, too 😻. From Stefano Daksha Pettinelli via our Facebook page.
Pearl loves the Virus TI ❤️
This about as “CAT Synth” a picture as one cat get. A cute cat playing an Octave CAT synthesizer. From the Vintage Synthesizer Museum on Facebook.
@catmanofwestoakland brought by Bud a few days ago for play time and modeling
The Cat Man of West Oakland, like the Vintage Synth Museum, is a local treasure. We hope to feature more of them both in the near future.
From Orb Mag on Facebook.
Tom Hall’s Cat Knows the game 😺⚡️
We espy a MiniBrute 2S and RackBrute in use. We are quite fond of our MinBrute 2 here at CatSynth HQ.
Our feline pal Gracie certainly knows how to strike a pose. Here we see her laying claim to a Polymoog that is in for repairs. From Alsún Ní Chasaide (Alison Cassidy) via Facebook.
The Polymoog is a rare and somewhat anomalous instrument from Moog Music’s lineup. In addition to being polyphonic, it’s focused on a series of presets. It was intended in many ways to complement for the classic Moog mono synths – the nice wide flat (and presumably warm) surface where Gracie is sitting was designed to accommodate a Model D or similar instrument. They are also known to be rather temperamental and high-maintenance beasts. From Vintage Synth Explorer:
Unique among Moog’s lineup, the Polymoog is not at all like the Minimoog or any of the other mono-synths Moog has become famous for. Instead, it was designed to complement Moog’s monophonic synthesizers. It’s a unique and finicky product, the brain child of David Luce instead of Dr. Bob Moog himself. But like all Moog products, this isn’t an ordinary instrument — it’s the Polymoog and it sounds fantastic for what it is.
Sam Sam is not amused.
Our feline neighbor is back and enjoying himself on one of the terraces behind CatSynth HQ. You can see his face through the glass bricks, albeit in a Cubist sort of way.
Nothing wrong with his being there. I for one love to see cats enjoying themselves. But his presence brings out both Sam Sam’s curiosity and territorial instincts, and she was quickly back up on the ledge to investigate – and to assert her territorial claims. We managed to capture a bit of it in this video.
It definitely makes a bit nervous to have Sam Sam up there, but there really is no stopping a determined cat. It’s also a reminder that I need to replenish that wine rack. The one bottle that remains is from Armida Winery, whom we featured in a CatSynth video back in June.