CatSynth Pic: Big Baby Kurzweil K2000S

The subject line says it all. This little tabby is clearly owning the Kurzweil K2000S synthesizer. Submitted by Ron Gallagher via our Facebook page.

The K2000 was a big deal in the 1990s (though we at CatSynth never had one ourselves).

he K2000S uses V.A.S.T. (Variable Architecture Synthesis Technology) which allows you to take any multi-sample, noise or waveform and process it using just about any synthesis technique. The source of these multi-samples are from the 8MB of ROM which hold tons of authentic and superb quality samples. The internal processing is 32-bit with 18-bit DACs. The K2000 uses 31 sound-shaping algorithms to provide a variety of resonant filters, EQs, continuous panning, amplitude modulation, crossfade, distortion, digital wrap, waveshaper, pulse width modulation, high frequency enhancement, low frequency oscillators, hard sync oscillators and mixing oscillators, all with real-time MIDI control.

http://www.vintagesynth.com/kurzweil/k2000.php

CatSynth Pic: Leo and Moog Subsequent 37 CV

Leo the black cat and Moog Subsequent 37 CV

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 😸🎹

CatSynth Pic: Elektra and Korg MS-20

As our time in New York winds down (for now), it seems appropriate to share a Brooklyn cat. Elektra naps on a keyboard beneath a Korg MS-20 synthesizer. She seems really comfortable and content.

From Maeghan Donovan via Facebook. Please check out her music at http://maedon.net/

CatSynth Pic: Behringer Model D, Korg Volcas

This rather handsome long-hair cat is posing with a Behringer Model D synthesizer, a keyboard, and two Korg Volcas, the first one of which is a Volca Keys. Submitted by Ricardo Branco via our Facebook page.

CatSynth Pic: Rusty in the Studio (Waldorf, Nord, and more)

Today’s CatSynth pic takes us to the 2000s, with Rusty and his human James Maier in the studio. We see a Waldorf Microwave XT, a Nord Micro Modular, and more. From James Maier via Facebook.

TBT – Rusty Inspects Studio in 2000

Although it’s a small photo, it looks like Rusty has some of Big Merp’s color and markings.

CatSynth Pic: Mr. Maximillion in the Studio

Mr. Maximillion sits in the command chair of Charles Whiley’s studio in Arkansas. From Charles Whiley via Facebook.

Came home to this. Mr. Maximillion is my ghost producer. Don’t tell anyone. 🤫

Honestly, we at CatSynth knew that all along 😸

CatSynth Pic: Kitten and SH-101

Adorable photo of a kitten with a red Roland SH-101 from our friends at the Vintage Synthesizer Museum.

The Vintage Synthesizer Museum is a wonderful resource for synthesizers and education right here in our local area – indeed, this kitten was advertising an introduction-to-synthesis course. We hope to feature more of them in the coming weeks. And of course, the SH-101 is one of those classics that is prized as also reimagined and reissued. I particularly like the red and blue models.

CatSynth Pic: Gizmo, Little Phatty and Poly 800

Gizo poses with a Moog Little Phatty and a Korg Poly 800. Submitted by J Lugo Miller via our Facebook page.

Why does Gizmo love the Little Phatty and the Poly 800 so much?

Well, they are both fine synthesizers. The Little Phatty started the modern Moog “Phatty” series that includes the Sub Phatty we have here at CatSynth HQ and lives on with the Subsequent 37. And the Poly 800 has a place in the history of MIDI analog synths of the early 1980s.

At a time when Roland was doing well with their Juno-series, KORG countered with a poly-synth of their own in 1983 with the Poly-800. The Poly-800 was comparable to the Juno-106, at the time, with respect to the fact that musicians now had access to affordable programmable polyphonic analog synthesizers (it listed for under $1,000) with memory storage, stable DCOs (digitally controlled oscillators) and a new state-of-the-art technology called MIDI (although there was no SysEx implementation yet).

CatSynth Pic: In the Studio

This cat is hard at work in the studio on a recording project. Submitted by Dave Andersson via our Facebook page.

CatSynth Pic: Poppy in the Workshop

Poppy the cute black cat is busy as a quality-control engineer for this synth repair job. From Michael Weeks via Facebook.

Poppy the QC inspector

Identification of the synth being repaired left as an exercise to the reader.