Octave

The Cat

Synthesizer

Main Details
Maker Octave Company Octave-Plateau Company
Function
Channels/Tracks
  • 2 × Voice
Form Factor Keyboard
Signal Path Analog Hardware
Date Produced 1976-1981
Notes The Cat is a monophonic/duophonic analog synthesizer with 2 oscillators capable of square and sawtooth waveforms. VCO 1 also has a triangle waveform. Each of the waveforms can be played simultaneously and mixed together and there are additional sub-octave oscillators on each oscillator to blend new and interesting sounds.

Polyphony - Mono/Duo-phonic
Oscillators - 2 VCO's (2 sawtooth, 2 square wave, and 1 triangle) plus 2 sub-oscillators
LFO - 1 with sample-and-hold
Filter - 1
VCA - 1 VCA, 2 EGs- AR and ASDR
Keyboard - 37 keys
Memory - None
Control - CV/Gate
Date Produced - 1976-81

Octave was a New York based company, they have actually only produced 2 synths (and 1 controller) around 1976-1979. Then they merged with Plateau Electronics, becoming Octave-Plateau, which released the mega Voyetra-8 synth.
They did actually survive, changing the name to Voyetra, releasing music software, and eventually became Turtle-Beach! They're are still around, y'know!

Octave's famous synth was the ''flagship'' The Cat, usually known as Octave CAT.
The Cat has went thru a few revisions - Original, SRM (Series Revision Model) and SRM II.
They released the Kitten, in 1977.
The Kitten is a single VCO version of the Cat (Cat being dual-phonic), basically half the Cat, with the same 24dB/Oct LP Filter.
However, I have not seen info on the web on the Kitten II (or any mention of it).
This Kitten II seems to be a later or the last revision of the Kitten, manufactured under Octave-Plateau.

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