Our interests in cats, synthesizers and highways come together in this photo featuring Sam Sam checking out my US 101 shield, which I was using as a backdrop for a livestream concert on Saturday.
Although this one has appeared on CatSynth before, it is worth reposting in these difficult times. Plus it’s adorable and hilarious.
Submitted by our friends from the Vintage Synthesizer Museum via Instagram.
Ámbar the cat is checking out the new KeyStep Pro from Arturia. We also see a Roland System 1, Arturia MiniBrute 2S, Moog Minitaur and more.
From laura_katik via Instagram.
Ámbar, Gato curioso 2 😼: “Qué es eso?”
Yo: “El #keysteppro mi amor”
…Y así podemos tener una conversación toda la tarde 🤣😂
Much@s pensaran que es la #cuarentena, en realidad no, siempre hablo con mis gatos 🤣🙋🏻♀️
This is one of several adorable pics of orange tabby Nina with a Moog Slim Phatty synthesizer. From ros_frank via Instagram. The entire collection of portraits is embedded below.
Figaro the handsome tuxedo cat sits atop a Moog Subsequent 37 synthesizer, along with a Prophet REV2 from Sequential (Dave Smith Instruments). From yvesanthonylaur via Instagram.
This cat is trying to reach the stops on the Farfisa VIP organ while sitting on a Micromoog synthesizer. From Chris Weirdall via Facebook.
An adorable black cat performs on a Moog Grandmother synthesizer. We also a Korg Volca and a nice-looking Zoom R16 audio interface nearby. From Drew Christopher Ratliff via Facebook.
I absolutely love this beautiful little cat with black fur and green eyes. But it does remind me a bit of our sweet Luna, so this is a little layer of sadness along with the beauty.
The Moog Grandmother is part of the semi-modular series that also includes the Mother-32 and the Matriarch. They are all very accessible ways to get into Moog synthesizers. And they have a colorful design reminiscent of the MG-1.
The weeklong takeover by Keith Winstanley and his cats Milo and Jet continues. Today we have Milo sitting comfortably (?) in front of a classic Minimoog Model D.
The Minimoog is a favorite of ours at CatSynth. You can see photos of our own and others here.
This cat is showing off a great find: a Moog MG-1, which was made for the Realistic (Radio Shack) brand in the early 1980s. From Paul Cunningham via Facebook.
Found this Moog at the pawn shop. Already had the cat. Look it’s got all it’s slider knobs!
The slider knobs (and other knobs) do fit the industrial design of the time. And the colorful section borders suggest a precursor to Moog’s current Matriarch series. It is, nonetheless, a fully equipped analog subtractive synthesizer:
The MG-1 includes:
- Two oscillators with sync & detune, one producing either a Square or Sawtooth waveform, with the other producing either a Pulse or Sawtooth waveform.
- One 24db/oct low pass filter/VCF, that can use the envelope generator, has three-position keyboard tracking, and is capable of self oscillation.
- Three-part envelope generator, with separately adjustable Attack and Decay or Release, and selectable Sustain on or off. The Envelope Generator can be triggered by either the keyboard, or the LFO.
- Oscillator 2 can be tuned independently or hard-synced to Oscillator 1.
- Noise generator. (Digital Pseudo-Random Noise)
- Ring modulation (called “Bell Tone” this is Amplitude Modulation of VCO 1 and 2).
- Polyphonic oscillator. This is a divide-down square wave generator. It is routed to the VCF and the VCA.
- LFO that can modulate the oscillators and the filter using a Triangle, square or random Sample and Hold waveform
- Voltage controlled amplifier with Keyed, Hold, and Envelope modes (accessed via 3-way switch, misleadingly only labelled “Tone Sources” but also affects Poly signal)
- Portamento (called “Glide”)
- External Control inputs for pre-MIDI CV/Gate.
Handsome Leo poses next to a Moog Subsequent 37 synthesizer. Submitted by jenny Grover via our Facebook page.
This appears to be one of the limited-edition Moog Subsequent 37 CV versions which were introduced at Moogfest. I must admit, we at CatSynth are a bit envious of Leo and Jenny on this one 😸🎹