CatSynth pic: Eno with Roland SH-101 and Yamaha CS10

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Eno the cat poses with classic Roland SH-101 and Yamaha CS-10 synthesizers. From milescomo on Instagram.

“Eno approves of the new studio setup.”

We approve as well 🙂

If you have a cat-and-gear picture, you can share it with us on Facebook, via Twitter @catsynth or Instagram @catsynth and we will feature it on a future blog post.

CatSynth pic: Cleo and Korg Poly 800 II

Cleo and Korg Poly 800 II

Submitted by Regina Cherene via , where you can submit your own cat-and-synthesizer pics.

I am particularly curious to hear from those who still use the Korg Poly 800 II in their music, but as always any or all comments are welcome 🙂

CatSynth video: Yamaha DX7 DEMO RISE OF AN UNKNOWN

From paul mungru on YouTube, via matrixsynth. Spot the kitten!

The DX7 a sonic legend. I have made this synthesizer my project for over 20 years. They said it was impossible to program. They were wrong. Its different but once you know the major sound shapers.

There is no pure synth in history that can surpass what a DX7 can do straight from its own engine. As always 100% DX7 sounds.

I still have a Yamaha TX81Z and TX802 in the studio, but rarely if ever used these days. Part of it is the tedium of programming, though a good editor/librarian can take care of that. It would be interesting to combine the TX81Z and analog synths in the same composition, something that was rarely if ever done in the 1980s.

CatSynth pic: Schrödinger cat & the box (Yamaha CS30L)

Cat and Yamaha CS30L

From Hernán Baldi on The MATRIXSYNTH Lounge.

“That cat has one nice Yamaha CS30L.”

Note the box on floor for both “Micro Moog” (sp) and Moog Prodigy.

CatSynth pic: Arrakis and DX7 IID

Arrakis and DX7 IID

Another from our new friend Arrakis, this time with a Yamaha DX7 IID. Submitted by Yann Antimoine via our Facebook page.

CatSynth video: Yamaha DX7 DEMO 1 Electric Age REGENERATION

From paul mangru on YouTube, via matrixsynth.

“The legendary DX7 like few have ever heard it. Ive put my 22 years of experience with FM and the DX7 into this and my other demos to show what is really possiblle.

When you dont believe the myths and go into those parameters. I hope to inspire others to what is really possible with this sonic masterpiece. All my demos are 100% DX7 no software samples or drum machines.”

Spot the cat! Overall, the demo does have that unmistakable 1980s synth sound, which is a bit of a mixed experience for me. Some of those sounds in the intro, however, are awesome and remind us the potential of FM. I do have a TX802 module that never use and a 4-op TX81Z that I sometimes still use.

CatSynth pic: Soft Lightning interview with I♥SYNTHS

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Interview with Soft Lightning by I♥SYNTHS.

♥SYNTHS: You love your cats. Are they a big inspiration to your music? What are their names and what synths do they like the most?

Soft Lighting: I actually only have one cat and his name is Ziggy. My wife and I foster litters of kittens for our local shelter so we always have a bunch of new kittens around. They like ALL the synths and ALL the gear – especially hiding in the back of amplifiers.

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There are quite a few more cat-and-synth photos in this post, I suspect a few more of them may show up here as well 🙂

Via matrixsynth, where you can read all the interviews with well-known synth artists and see quite a bit of classic and modern gear.

CatSynth pic: Piano kitten

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Bon alors, mi ré ♪ ♫♪♫

Submitted by Polly Moller via Facebook. You can read more about our most recent collaboration here, and find out the latest on our band Reconnaissance Fly, including our upcoming show on October 8.

CatSynth pic: Synth Cat on an Akai AX60

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Via matrixsynth.

In addition to the Akai AX60, there is a Yamaha electric organ, ostensibly a YC-45D.

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.