Octave The Kitten


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
January 1, 2013 @ 3:52 pm
The Kitten was the first synthesizer I owned. I bought it new back in January 1979 for around $600. The layout on the instrument was excellent for learning the ins and outs of building sounds. It prepared me for future purchases of two Cats. Oh how I miss my kitties!
October 9, 2011 @ 4:52 am
Hey noobulon. I use my Kitten with a Kenton CV/midi converter but the principle is the same. Bear in mind the Octave synths have shared CV in and outs on one jack socket. This is my connection (kitten connections on left)
VCF to Aux 1
CV/Gate to Gate
September 26, 2011 @ 5:31 am
hi. anyone help me out? iv had one of these for a few years, love it. however i am a complete noob/moron when it comes to cv/gate. i took the plunge and bought a doepfer mcv4, cant seem to get it to work. any ideas? (in simple terms). yes iv gone throught all the forums, iv even checked out cykongs lengthy article about midi-fying his kitten, but thatswaaaay beyond my electronic ability. i presumed id just hook up a lead from one of the outputs on the mcv-4 to the gate/cv in on the kitten(nice and simple) but i just get one note playing....help!
September 3, 2011 @ 1:40 pm
$250 and 2 stars...have you heard/played one of these or does Gene Siskel do your ratings?
May 24, 2011 @ 8:11 am
My Kitten 2 is a wonderful beast. Perhaps time will tell with this synth and it will eventaully be elevated from humdrum status to where it deserves...
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Rated 3.56 (188 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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