CatSynth Pic: Milo and MOTM 490

Our pal Milo is inspecting an MOTM 490 filter that has been modified by Keith Winstanley.

It looks like Milo is falling asleep on the job ๐Ÿ˜ธ

The MOTM 490 is a lowpass ladder filter designed to sound like classic synthesizers from the 1970s – or as Synthesis Technology puts it, “that synthesizer sound”. You can hear some demos on MOTM’s site.

MOTM-490

Wordless Wednesday: Alta Plaza Vista (San Francisco)

View of old and new architecture in San Francisco from Alta Plaza Park, one of my favorite small parks in the city.

CatSynth Pic: Sequential, Elektron, and Modular

A cat sits in the middle of a rather impressive setup including two Elektron instruments, a Sequential Prophet 6, and a large modular system. From markuswansart via Instagram.

CatSynth Pic: Ed and PJ (Roland Boutiques)

Ed and PJ faithfully guard the kit of Pete Dolan. (Photo submitted via our Facebook page.)

we see three Roland Boutiques on the shelf, along with the original boxes arranged in a colorful pattern. Among them is the JP-08 that we have here at HQ. Two of the keyboards are (wisely) under dust covers, and the identity of the third is left as an exercise to the reader.

You can see our many posts featuring the Roland Boutiques here.

#808Day and #WorldCatDay

Today is both 808 Day – after the Roland TR-808 drum machine – and World Cat Day. As a bonus, the date works in both American and international formats. Is there a greater confluence of this blog’s core themes than this date? ๐Ÿ˜ธ ๐ŸŽน

The picture above was from an old Reddit post. We have featured a few cats with the TR-808’s successor, the TR-8, such as this post from 2017, courtesy of adrianhalo on Instagram.

They have a very different look – the TR-8 was part of Roland’s AIRA series with the glowing controls. The sound and technology is also different, but both instruments have found their way into a great variety of music.

CatSynth Pic: Moog Grandmother and Sub 37 (Universal Audio)

Our friends at Universal Audio are getting into the CatSynth-pic business with this post on Instagram ๐Ÿ˜บ

Who’s making music in their living room these days ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธโ €

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAWVWL0jT-0/

We see Moog Granthmother and Sub 37 synthesizers, a few pedals, and of course a UA Apollo interface.

CatSynth Pic: Lilli in the Studio

Lilli finds a comfortable spot in the studio between some mixers and a 500 series rack. From Edda Jayne Hill.

Lilli waiting for me to power up the mixers so she can get stuck in and mix down our new trackย ๐Ÿ˜

Here at CatSynth, Sam Sam often looks forward to mixing tracks and post-production for our videos.

Wordless Wednesday: Jade Study 1

Close-up of the jade plant on the patio at CatSynth HQ. Canon EOS 60D / 24mm fixed lens, post-processing in Adobe Lightroom 2020.

CatSynth Pic: Loki, Novation Bass Station, Korg Poly 800

Loki finds the purrfect spot on a Korg Poly 800 in front of a Novation Bass Station. From the thedigitalpurrgatory on Instagram.

Loki the Cat distracting me, once again, just after setting the synths for a jam.

You can see Loki’s previous appearances on CatSynth here.

The Novation Bass Station is quite a popular instrument at the moment, an analog mono bass synth in the spirit of Moog past and present, and in someways similar to the Arturia MiniBrute 2 that we use here at CatSynth studios. The Poly 800 is a small vintage synthesizer, a transition from Korg’s earlier “Mono/Poly” classic into their instruments of the 1980s. I was actually interested in the later Poly 800ii though never acquired one.

CatSynth pic: Studio Buddy (Moog and Nord)

A pic from the studio of our friend and collaborator Bill Wolter. His cat naps in front of a Nord Electro and Moog Sub 37.

Studio buddy. Sheโ€™s my friend until I start playing drums.

Our cats are used to all sorts of crazy loud sounds emanating from the studio, but I suppose live drums is something altogether different from a psychoacoustic perspective.

You can see the many other posts on CatSynth featuring Bill here.