CatSynth Pic: Shadow and M-Audio Axiom

Shadow on M-Audio Axiom Keyboard

Our new friend Shadow returns for a solo on his M-Audio Axiom keyboard.  Submitted by Anne Corwin via our Facebook page.

My boy Shadow likes the heavy beats.

You can see Shadow’s debut last week along with his brother Brodie in this post.

You can see Shadow’s debut last week along with his brother Brodie in this post.

CatSynth Pic: Sequential Prophet 6 and DSI OB-6

Black Cat, Prophet 6, OB6

This is one lucky cat, with both a Sequential Prophet 6 and an OB6 from Dave Smith Instruments.  And the keyboard versions at that 😻

Photo by Jon Sellers via the Facebook group Synthesizer Freaks.

The two instruments are quite similar in layout and overall architecture but have distinct sounds and other characteristics.  The P6 is a classic Prophet. while the OB-6 has the distinctive sound of its Oberheim filters.

You can read our past NAMM reviews of the P6 in this post, and the OB-6 here.

CatSynth Pic: Silvestre with Akai, Electro-Harmonix, Eventide

Black cat with Akai, Eventide, Electro-Harmonix

Black cat Silvestre sits with an Akai APC Key 25 controller, Electro-Harmonix 2880 looper, and Eventide PitchFactor pedal.  By forasteromagic on Instagram.

CatSynth Pic: Black Cat and Modular Synth

This morning we bring you a beautiful black cat with green eyes (like our beloved late Luna), courtesy of our friends at polynominal.com.

We’re pretty sure this is Marcel, who has appeared on CatSynth before,  You can see his previous appearances here.  As he is the focus of this image optically and conceptually, we are unable to identify the modular synth in the back.

CatSynth Pic: Black Cat and Vintage Keyboards

A black cat posing with several vintage small keyboards, including some familiar ones from Casio and Yamaha. From Milomi Studio on Instagram.

Some of these keyboards may be considered “toys”, but they are still musical instruments. I coveted some of these small keyboards before I discovered synthesizers. I do now have a Casio SK-1 that gets used in live performance.

CatSynth Pic: Black Cat and Roland TR-808

Black Cat and Roland TR-808

Another from our friends at Eevo Lute Music & Technology, this time featuring a black cat and a classic Roland TR-808. This was post for last week’s “808 Day”. My favorite comment: ” I only have full sized analog cats!” 😸 🎹

CatSynth pic: Runkl Returns with Modular

Our friend Runkl returns with another portrait in front of the modular synth. Submitted by Jeph Nor via Facebook.

RIP The Bear (1995-2016)

2016 has claimed another hero. The Bear was the grand old man of multiple books and blogs by self-described “cat man” Tom Cox. We had read his book Under the Paw in one of its earliest editions back in 2008 – you can read our brief review here. In the book, The Bear immediately came to the forefront even in a household with many cats. He was already an old cat whose body had a scars of one who lived life hard but survived to tell it. And those sad, sorrowful eyes spoke volumes. These traits have earned The Bear a loyal following on his Twitter feed @MYSADCAT. Posts often pictured a picture of The Bear with his sad eyes and snarky quotes about music or current events. As The Bear survived year after year passing the milestone of 20 in 2015, he seemed indestructible.

But this is 2016, the year that felled Fidel Castro, along with a great many of our musical heroes and feline friends. We read the sad news on Tom Cox’s blog, where he pays tribute to his kind friend of so many years. With the recent loss of our beloved Luna, we at CatSynth can sympathize. We send our heartfelt condolences to Tom Cox and to the rest of his human and feline family.

CatSynth pic: Runkl and Modular Synth

Runkl and Modular Synth

Black cat Runkl keeps watch over a massive modular synth setup. Submitted by our friend Jeph Nor from Portland.

CatSynth pic: Marcel and Roland SH-101

Marcel and Roland SH-101

The handsome Marcel returns, and he wants to make sure we all know who owns this Roland SH-101 synthesizer. From Eric of polynominal.