Today we have a rather handsome cat next to a rather handsome Buchla Skylab system. It includes the “Thunder”-style controller and a 227e module as a customization. Overall a very impressive modular synth.
From user @ddp on Twitter. And it was quite an interesting turn of events to discover one another. It was through our cat-blogging friend Sue Strong who longtime readers might remember from the old Carnival of the Cats and Weekend Cat Blogging days. Good times!
Our friends at Metasonix are notorious for the colorful names on their products (especially the pre-modular pedals). Here we see Zatoichi the cat posing with the G-1000 “Fucking Fucker”, a mangling tube-based guitar amp.
A rare LepLoop synthesizer and groove box in front of a fanciful feline artwork. From LepLoop on Instagram.
We at CatSynth are not particularly familiar with the LepLoop, so we looked it up. Here is a brief summary from a 2016 Sound On Sound article.
The LepLoop is an analogue synth, sequencer and percussion module all the way from sunny Italy. Hand-built into a light wooden enclosure, this tiny groovebox is pock-marked with patch points and able to hook up with MIDI, CV or DIN Sync gear. Regardless of its connectivity, the LepLoop inhabits a wayward world of its own when it comes to traditions such as melody and control. This is because at its heart is a sample and hold generator that provides source material for a looping analogue sequencer. Notes generated at random are captured and — if you like what you hear — worked on until you feel like dipping in again.
Inside are two VCOs, a noise source, a low-pass filter, a dedicated bass drum, twin VCAs (each with a simple envelope) and a switching system offering near-modular flexibility.
We at CatSynth have been enjoying this meme over the last half-year. But this may be my favorite instance to date 😹🎹🎛.
The first synth I had that could self-oscillate was the Evolver from Dave Smith Instruments (now Sequential). I enjoyed performing with the “fifth oscillator” as I called it. Since then I have found myself experimenting with such phenomena on many a module.
Sometimes Juno is the cat, sometimes Juno is the synth. Today it is the synth, as Miss Lali sits proudly atop a JUNO 106. Submitted by Caroline Sommer via our Facebook page.
Miss Lali with the Juno 😊🐈❤️
A little on the JUNO 106 from Vintage Synth Explorer:
The Juno-106 is a very common and widely used analog polysynth. It continues to be one of the most popular analog synths due to its great sound and easy programmability. It was the next major incarnation of the Juno-series, following the Juno-60. While it has virtually the same synth engine as the Juno-60, the 106 added extensive MIDI control making it one of Roland’s first MIDI-equipped synthesizers. There was also increased patch memory storage, up to 128 patches instead of the 56 patches available in the Juno-60. However, the Juno-60 is often said to have a slight sonic edge over the more advanced 106. The 60 had the ability to modulate oscillator pulse from its envelope and has a “punchier” sound quality.