Octave The Kitten

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The Kitten is a lighter version of the Cat. It is a single-oscillator monophonic analog synth with a simple and intuitive layout. There is a sub-octave-oscillator that can be used to really fatten up a sound. It is quite capable of techno blip-sounds, synth-effect sounds, rumbling bass and analog percussive effects. Its simple design and low street price make it a great entry-level vintage synth for anyone looking for quick and dirty mono-synth sounds! There is a complete lack of MIDI and patch memory available. However, CV/Gate and audio inputs are available for linking up to other Cats and Kittens or other classic synthesizer systems. Rareness can in some cases jack up its street price. It has been used by The Chemical Brothers.

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12 Visitor comments
youknowjuno
January 1, 2011 @ 4:42 pm
I see the site now rates this synth as 'humdrum'. I would suggest they've not actually heard it.
etherealaudio
December 7, 2010 @ 2:58 pm
I've an SRM mk2 Cat and it sounds more like a wild predator moving in for the kill than a cat. If you're into listening to electrons being tortured this is the animal for you. Total beast. Pro Ones and ARP Odds cant cross modulate as well as this machine can.
kris medicine
August 29, 2010 @ 7:09 am
my unkle Judd plays a kitten in his band quelladrive. he maintains a kitten should be driven rather than played. He once hooked PA speakers up to some lamposts n managed to convince the whole neighbourhood that ufo's were landing. kittens are ace.
youknowjuno
March 5, 2009 @ 6:36 am
Just got hold of a Kitten 2. a bit beaten up but I swear to god, I've never heard anything like it. Would like to know some info on the v.2 - production dates etc.
glemlyn
December 10, 2008 @ 7:32 am
My collection of synths has ebbed and flowed over the years... the one constant: the Kitten. Intuitive and solid. Beautiful machine.
 
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Humdrum

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Rated 3.54 (185 Votes)

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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 1 VCO plus white noise generator
  • LFO - 1 LFO, Sine & Square waveforms, can modulate VCA or VCF
  • Filter - 1 VCF
  • VCA - 1 VCA with ADSR
  • Keyboard - 37 keys
  • Memory - None
  • Control - CV/Gate
  • Date Produced - 1981

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