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 😸

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

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.

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 😺

Who’s making music in their living room these days 🙋‍♂️⠀

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 track 😁

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

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. She’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.

CatSynth Pic: Aria and Oberheim Matrix 12

Little Aria rests atop an Oberheim Matrix 12. We also see another Oberheim synth in the background.

The Matrix 12 was one of the great Oberheim analog synths of the mid 1980s, building on the sounds of the OB-X and OB-Xa but with greater programmability and MIDI. In particular, it including “matrix modulation” that can be found in a great many synthesizers today.

The Matrix 12 is similar to the Xpander and the lighter Matrix 6. But [it] is much fatter and more programmable than either. Every control can have an effect on some other parameter thanks to Oberheim’s flexible design. For example, there are 15 types of LFOs and VCAs per voice! And there’s plenty of diagrams drawn out on the front panel of the synth to help you figure out some signal routing. 

http://www.vintagesynth.com/oberheim/mat12.php

Wordless Wednesday: Sam Sam and Highway 58

Sam Sam in the studio with a California Highway 58 shield. Vintage modifications done in Adobe Lightroom.

CatSynth Video: Blush Response – Cat Synth jam (Elektron, Nord, Modular, more)

This cat seems to be enjoying the beat-based jam with a massive modular setup, various instruments by Elektron, a Nord Modular G2, and more. From BLUSH_RESPONSE via Facebook.