CatSynth Pic: Oreo and Bella with Volca Modular

Oreo and Bella show off their Volca Modular synthesizer. By John Weiner via Facebook.

These two love the low octaves!!!!

You can see our first look at the Volca Modular from NAMM in this video – or read more in this article.

CatSynth Pic: Octave Cat

A cat contemplates its namesake synthesizer, the Octave CAT. From Doug Terrbone via Facebook.

Not surprisingly, we have an original Octave CAT of our own. In fact, it was the first vintage analog synth that I acquired, all the way back in 2005. And it’s a powerful mono synth, with multiple simultaneously waveforms and a sub oscillator. It probably needs some maintenance, but otherwise still runs great – just need to let the oscillators warm up.

CatSynth Pic: Black Cat, Minimoog, EMS Synthi, Rhodes, and Doepfer

A black cat playing both a Minimoog synthesizer and a Rhodes Stage electric piano. Nearby is an EMS Synthi and a rack full of Doepfer modules. From Mark L. Greco via Facebook.

There are definite musical advantages to using all four limbs.

CatSynth Pic: Roland JD-800

This cat has decided to lounge and take a bath near a classic Roland JD-800. From Brandon M. Rogers via Facebook.

The JD-800 is a beast. It uses a similar synthesizer architecture to the D-50, but sports two rows of sliders making it easier to program and change timbre in real time.

CatSynth Pic: Orange Cat, Behringer Neutron, Arturia Keystep

A pretty orange tabby plays some notes on an Arturia Keystep and Behringer Neutron synthesizer. From Karl Garcia via Facebook.

In the middle of a patch this cat just sits down on the keyboard and gets the arpeggiator going lol.

Of all the synthesizers in Behringer’s growing catalog, the Neutron is one of the two that most interests me personally, the other being the new VC340 Vocoder. You can see my encounter with Behringer’s synths before NAMM in this video.

CatSynth Pic: Esper in the Studio

Esper inspects a Cubase session in the studio with his humans. Submitted by Hope Tallen via our Facebook page.

Esper loves working with his Dad in the studio. He constantly plays on his synths and loves watching Cubase

We’d love to hear some of Esper’s music.

CatSynth Pic: Black Cat “Jet” and Minimoog

Jet, a beautiful black cat, poses in front of a vintage Minimoog. From Keith Winstanley via Facebook.

Weekend Cat Blogging with Sam Sam and Big Merp

Getting the two cats to coexist at CatSynth HQ has a long and sometimes bumpy road. Sam Sam in particular has a tough time of it. But things are starting progress to the point were we at least of tolerance and respect. Sam Sam mostly stays on the mezzanine level of HQ, splitting her time between the bedroom and the studio, but she is starting to come out more and reassert herself as the sassy queen of the house.

Big Merp has the run of the downstairs level and enjoying both the relaxing and fun of living here.

He does sometimes come upstairs. In this photo, he jumped up on the main studio console that houses the Nord Stage, Prophet 12 and Pro Tools workstation, and has found a nice hiding place behind the monitor.

From his perch, he supervised part of the postproduction for our latest CatSynth TV, which you can now see here.

Sam Sam also hangs out in the studio a lot. In this video she gives as a little mew as a greeting.

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They can actually be in their own spots in the studio at the simultaneously now; and that is indeed progress.

CatSynth Pic: Xochitl with Arp Odyssey

Xochitl the tuxedo cat poses with an original Arp Odyssey – with the white textured design as opposed to the red lettering on black that I personally prefer, but still a fine instrument for human and feline alike.

From Jay Margart via Facebook.

CatSynth Pic: Mr. Maximillion in the Studio

Mr. Maximillion has found an odd place to chill in the studio 😸. From our friend Charles Whiley via Facebook.