Synth Site: Octave: CAT Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Big Mike a professional user from NY area writes:
Everything else is a kids toy. This is a grown up toy. The Cat is simply a fun synthesizer and if you don't have one you will regret it. Keyboard is solid using double bus(2 Note)bar and good old J wire. Circuits boards are solid and stable, Jacks are wired point to point not on circuit board. The bottom is weak pegboard but I don't care. This thing is all about sound and potential. It has both and more. The top layout is quite different than you find on most vintage synths but once you've got it your off to the races. I find this to be the first choice for vintage sounds and it never let's me down. Bass or lead or other worldly sounds are pounding sweet and insane. There are no performance wheels as is usually the case but if you understand this unit it's all available right in front. The sub octaves on both oscillators are bigger than life and can be added to sound per taste. Every wave shape has its own volume fader. 7 in all and the modulation possibilties are endless. Lot's of good music and tek still to come from these old CAT's! Yes there is CV in and out plus External Audio input so you can run other stuff through the filters. I really can't rate this high enuf so 5 will do. A MUST BUY

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-02-2001 at 01:11
Lior Z a professional user from USA writes:
Just to clear a point of error.

This synth is with a standard CV/Gate ( rolnd style CV/Oct) but the connectors are...Stereo !

What you need to do is use a Stereo plug ( radio shack-$2.00) and make 2- 1/4" connected to the stereo plug. 1 - to tip and sleeve 2- to ring and sleeve. that all.

The Cat SRM that I'm using is amazing and extremely Analog sounding.

It doe sound better than my old Arp Oddessy and has a little more to it.

Mine was serviced and rebuilt to perfection by Kurt from Kurt Amps in Arizona and it is the best mono analog other than my MiniMoog. Think of it as a unique $ unique sounding Mono ( it does so 2 note poly) analog synth.

the name "Cat" does make sense here.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-26-2001 at 02:48
Shane Wood a part-time user from USA writes:
Oh my goodness....I never would have dreamt that this machine could make the noises it makes. I may possibly own this synth for the rest of my musical life. When you hear the Cat you know it is the Cat, weird filter blips and bleeps, frequency speeds and sub-osc action makes this synth a wonderful noise creation, even capable of playing outright notes and melodies. If you could create a Cat with patch memory storage arpeggiator... it would be nearly perfect. Nice little box, if you happen to see one, get it...

posted Friday-Dec-15-2000 at 15:20
Andrew Franks a hobbyist user writes:
This synth brings an expression to music that I can't define. The Octave CAT is a bomb-ass analog synth - it's easy to learn and the sounds are phat! Pick one up if you see one

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-22-2000 at 01:33
Arjen Schumacher a part time user from Holland writes:
This baby can rock and roll for sure! Allthough the knobs and sliders are a bit

unstable (bit tacky sometimes) it still is value for money to get one, even if it

was only for the effects that can be made with it. I haven't yet managed to get

it to work with midi -&gt; CV but I hope to one day. Nice detail: I got the Cat for

US$75... The guy didn't know what he sold ;)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:03
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