Synth Site: Octave: CAT Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Gary a part-time user from Los Angeles, USA writes:
I've had one of the original CATs since about '77. It was a great intro to the synth world for a guitarist like me. I used it in a couple of bands but the tuning instability made it pretty hard to use live. It sits unused in my home studio but still invokes fond memories. I had it set up in a buddy's garage when I lived with him. One morning, after a party, he wondered out and started monkeying with it, not knowing the first thing about it. My (soon to be) wife and I were laying in bed listening to the amazing sounds he was stumbling upon. He dial one that sounded EXACTLY like breaking glass before moving on to less memorable patches. Neither he nor I were ever able to recreate that sound, unfortunately - lol.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-02-2002 at 18:51
Rich Schroeder a part-time user from Newburyport, MA USA writes:
I have an original I purchased back in 1975, still in top condition. This synth never failed to amaze me aws to the range of sounds and subtle control using the sliders and patch setup. I have actually scared myself while turning the dials and getting some sounds which I know no one has heard before . It can produce the most original and eerie sounds, sounds never heard before. Great synth to use in electronic music recording. Only downside is its poor ability to stay calibrated and in tune. If anyone needs the calibration procedure I have it along with the original manual and many patch sheets I made for some crazy and original sounds including human voices and speech using the vcf ring modulation

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-02-2001 at 01:26
AdamT a professional user from UK writes:
I have the first version with the discrete filters and VCOs.

This sounds very little like an Odyssey, in fact sounds very like a grittied up Minimoog (Ok, Gritty compared to the two RA.Moog examples I`ve owned anyway), using one of the Sub-Oscs as a third VCO you can immitate almost all of Rick Wakeman`s classic Mini lead sounds, just remember to be careful with the waveform level sliders and even more careful when playing with the resonance control, that filter gets very squelchy on the verge of self Osc but 1MM of slider travel can kiss your tweeters goodbye..

Comparing finctionality with an Odyssey certainly kills all thoughts of it being a clone with gains and losses everywhere - No pink noise, no coarse tuning for VCO2 (the fine one does over an octave however), no PWM on VCO2, no S&H mixer, no "vibrato" PPC pad of the Mk3 Odys and far less mod destinations.. BUT gains in far better X-Mod, better sounding Sync, knobs instead of sliders for pitch (way better that is) LFO Delay (on SRM models), Waveform mixing (as on the Axxe but NOT the Odyssey), 2-Sub OSCillators, one for each VCO and a way to switch to MONO mode, the Ody is stuck in Duophonic always.

I KNOW that people get tired of seeing synths get a "5" but it`s a damn good halfway house between two bits of gear which would total £1600UK for the Pair - and the cat only costs about £450UK..

For the record, the SRM models had firstly the SSM2040 (REV-1 Prophet5) filter, then later the SSM2044 (Polysix) filter but retained the discrete VCOs .. SRM-II had Curtis 3340 VCOs and SSM 2044 filters and a digitally scanned keyboard.

I Personally prefer the all discrete original for it`s wildness and the first SSM2040 equipped SRM for it`s smoothness (though HOPE that the filter chip doesn`t go!!! - I wasn`t as impressed with the 2044 based later models but they are still damn good machines..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-14-2001 at 09:40
James a professional user from NYC -USA writes:
This is a great sounding synth! I like to find unique and original phat synth sounds and this is the holy grail. When I first got it last year I stayed up all night fiddling with the knobs and sliders making truly amazing sounds. I'll never tire of it. Only problem is - it's out of tune now and even a local music shop can't tune it. :(

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-07-2001 at 12:03
Frederic Cermelj from France writes:
I own one since 1977 (first year of production I guess) and not ready to sell it ! the sounds are incredibly phat and it has a lot of great features : mixing the basic signals, a sub-osc, s&h, noise, resonance, etc. unfortunately my keyboard is no more responding and I am looking for someone to repair it. I need the shematics of the Octave version (not the SRM).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-04-2001 at 06:55
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