Black Cat in a Synth Studio (Roland, Yamaha, more)

Black cat in a studio with floor-to-ceiling keyboard synthesizers. We see a Juno 106 and a Yamaha DX7, but leave identification of the rest as an exercise to the reader.

From Wrecka Lec on Facebook.

Was my seat…now it’s the cats seat. 😁

Korg MS-20 and Yamaha CS 15

Cute kitten on a Korg MS-20 synthesizer. Below is a Yamaha CS 15, and above we see a stack of DX-era ROM cartridges. From Frank Jacobs via Facebook. You can see a picture of this kitten with mom here.

Cats with Yamaha SK30 and Korg Polysix

An adorable photo of a mother and kitten on a Yamaha SK30. Above them is a Korg Polysix, and off to the right is a Roland Juno. From Frank Jacobs via Facebook.

My cuties love analog, too.

The SK30 was a combination organ, string, and subtractive synthesizer, released in 1980. All of the SK series had the organ and string sections, but different models had different synthesizer sections. The SK30 had two synthesizer sections, a dual-oscillator polyphonic section that was good at classic pads, and a solo monosynth section with multiple waveforms, envelope and filter. As a bonus, one could play the solo synth and one of the other modes (organ, string, polysynth) at the same time.

CatSynth Pic: Phantom and Yamaha DX21

Phantom performs on a Yamaha DX21 synthesizer. From Andreas Gregor via Facebook.

This was Phantom. He had an ear for synthesizers. I recorded him on my DX21 one day. I think he might be the only cat that released a track on iTunes and Amazon. Lol.

The track Naptime Electronique is available on Amazon and Apple Music.

CatSynth Pic: Yamaha and Roland

Cute calico cat with Yamaha and Roland keyboards. From Slaid Szczerba via Facebook.

CatSynth Pic: Yamaha DX7

Adorable black cat with a goatee on a Yamaha DX7. From Deo Karnaby via Facebook, who states that his cat had the goatee when he was younger, but lost it as he got older.

CatSynth Pic: Yamaha and Zoom

From Karl Jensen on Facebook, spotted by our friend Moe Staiano.

CatSynth Pic: Loki, Yamaha DX100, Novation Bass Station

Loki returns, this time with a vintage Yamaha DX100 alongside the more contemporary Novation Bass Station. From thedigitalpurrgatory on Instagram.

The DX100 was the smallest of Yamaha’s DX series. It featured the same sound architecture as most of the other 4-operator FM models (before the TX81Z), but was smaller in size, with mini keys and hooks for a guitar strap. I actually had one which I used primary in “keytar mode” in the 1990s, but rarely used it after that.

CatSynth Pic: Norman in the Music Room

We have some pictures of adorable kitten Norman in the music room of iceman bob. These come to us via Twitter.

To see just how tiny Norman is, here are some guitars for scale.

CatSynth Pic: Nina and Yamaha CS1x

Adorable Nina sits atop a Yamaha CS1x synthesizer. From ros_franck via Instagram.

The CS1x was a popular synthesizer in the 1990s. Although it carries the “CS” prefix, it’s not really related to the legendary CS line of the 1970s, but a sample-based instrument of its own design. The newer Yamaha Reface CS is a closer emulation of the original CS line.