CatSynth pic: Hammond Novachord

Hammond Novachord

Submitted by Veronica Pejril‎ via our Facebook page.

I’m uncertain whether the cat is included with this 1939 vintage Hammond Novachord synthesizer: https://reverb.com/item/1731392-hammond-novachord-tube-synthesizer-from-1939

I suspect it may be necessary for proper operation.

DogSynth pic: Hammond and Nord (Reconnaissance Fly)

A first for us at CatSynth! (And possibly a last as well.)

This is Hammond.  He was helping us out in the studio last weekend as we began work on our Reconnaissance Fly album.

The album, which includes our entire Flower Futures “spong cycle”, is quite an undertaking.  Recording a five-piece band performing live requires a complex setup in terms of microphones, cables and general logistics.  My Nord Stage (in the photo above) is actually one of the simpler elements.  But we got everything working over the weekend, fired up Pro Tools and were able to complete tracking on our first song.  Wisely, we started with the simplest one first.

Dr. Lonnie Smith, Hammond Sk2 (NAMM)

Dr. Lonnie Smith on a Hammond Sk2 organ at the Hammond-Suzuki booth at NAMM.

Once again, the sound quality isn’t that good given the noise in the hall (and the bonus commentary by others in the audience), but it gives a little taste of the performance. This is the “other pole” of my musical experience, with jazz and jam performance, and its always good to get back into it even for a moment.

CatSynth pic: Gizmo and XB-2

Another recent submission by Richard:

Gizmo poses atop a Hammond XB-2.