Cat, Octave @ 21 February 2017, “No Comments”

ocatvate “Early version Octave Cat; Entire signal path is purely discreet. Uses CA3080 filter.

Recently fully refurbished by my tech, Duane R. balvage (invoice attached; see images).

Excellent condition, super clean, fully functional, gorgeous example with original box (in poor-okay condition; see pictures), receipt, and even original warranty card! 1 owner prior to me.

Smooth sliders, Pots, and switches, original moog-like knobs.” Link

Cat, Octave @ 14 February 2017, “No Comments”

cat “Early version octave cat: Entire signal path is purely discreet, no chips whatsoever, not the 2040, not the 2044.

Recently fully refurbished by Laurentide Synthworks, he will verify if asked.

Excellent condition, super clean, fully functional, gorgeous example.

Smooth sliders, Pots, and switches, original moog-like knobs.

Only known infinitesimal defects:

-intermittent power on status light: just the light, powers on and works flawlessly otherwise.

- extremely minor wear on the wood. ”
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Cat, Octave @ 07 February 2017, Comments Off

octavecat “CAT by Octave Plateau
This vintage synthesizer Serial #B3333 has been sitting
in closet for awhile. Turns on and works quite well.

Normal wear looks good. Early SRM version.
I’ll try to answer any questions or concerns.” Link

Cat, Octave @ 17 January 2017, Comments Off

cat “This one is brand new in the original box with the manual and is working 100%. Prior to the listing, it had been calibrated as it’s been sitting wrapped in it’s box for over 30 years. This model is last of the series, ” Link

Kitten, Octave @ 06 December 2016, Comments Off

kitten “one switch broke off for vco audio switch still works and a couple of caps(3) of s;iders but all workiug awesome piece of kit signs of wear and tear but still sounds great .can arrange courier or can drop off depending on distance” Link

Cat, Octave @ 22 November 2016, Comments Off

octave-cat “The CAT by Octave

SRM

Model#1853″ Link

Kitten, Octave @ 22 November 2016, Comments Off

kitten “one switch broke off for vco audio switch still works and a couple of caps(3) of s;iders but all workiug awesome piece of kit signs of wear and tear but still sounds great .can arrange courier or can drop off depending on distance” Link

Cat, Octave @ 08 November 2016, Comments Off

octave_cat “This Cat SMR is in great shape. I bought it from a friend (the original owner) in the 80′s and it has lived in the box since. I have taken it out a couple times to play with for a couple days at a time. I have made a video to show that all controls and keys work. A couple of the slider and switches are a little scratchy but fully work.”
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Cat, Octave @ 08 November 2016, Comments Off

cat “This vintage beautiful has been fully restored to it’s exact original specs by the skillful hands of the guys over at This Old Synth in San Jose, California. We’ve already killed hours here sitting and getting some amazing sounds out of it and as sad as it makes us, we have a job to do and this synth needs to go out into the world and be recorded in all it’s analog splendor.

The 37 full-sized keys are framed by wooden side panels, which exhibit a bit of wear and tear, but they have great character as you’ll see from the images we’ve included. The chassis is a tabletop style design, which sits about 20″s deep and 6″s high, so only slightly larger than your typical tabletop keyboard synth. It was released in 1976 and this duophonic synth has two voltage controlled oscillators, 24 db lowpass filter, sample and hold and 7 waveforms which can be mixed simultaneously and both ADSR and AR envelopes in the “transient generator” section. Many have compared it to the ARP Odyssey and while there are certainly many many similarities, The Cat has it’s own distinct character and we’re very excited to be able to offer an original SRM mod to the public!” Link

Cat, Octave @ 01 November 2016, Comments Off

cat “CAT by Octave Plateau
This vintage synthesizer Serial #B3333 has been sitting
in closet for awhile. Turns on and works well.

Normal wear looks good.
I’ll try to answer any questions or concerns. ” Link

Cat, Octave @ 04 October 2016, Comments Off

cat “Prrrrrrrrrr……

Beautiful old Octave CAT SRM duo/mono synthesizer

I’ve had this for about 10 years and there’s no synth quite like it. The sound is deep, rich and quirky and with so many routable modulation sources, she’s also very flexible.

I had this serviced a few years ago by Fluctus Labs in North London. It has a couple of issues however…

The top key sometimes triggers a random note when released (kind of useful!).

The top Bflat does not work (not useful at all), but this is also intermittent and is working fine at the moment.

The pitch of VCO1 can sometimes fluctuate a little – CATs are not known for their pitch stability.

In the light of these minor flaws, I would recommend a service. Personally I would be happy using her just as she is, accepting these idiosyncrasies – it’s not a DAW! But I’ve adjusted the price to take account of this fact.

Anyway, it’s amazing, I’ll be sad to see it go but I need the money and the space as I’m emigrating at the end of summer. ” Link

Cat, Octave @ 04 October 2016, Comments Off

octave-cat “The CAT by Octave
Vintage synthesizer Serial #B3333
Stored for past 15 years.

Shows normal wear for it’s age.
Everything working as it should.” Link

Cat, Octave @ 26 July 2016, Comments Off

octave_cat “This is an excellent CAT Synthesizer, SRM Model 1853 by Octave. It WORKS GREAT!! This analog synth makes incredible sounds that can’t be matched by virtual instruments. Everything functions on the unit. Some of the sliders could use some oiling / cleaning as they have stiff motion, but they all function as they should. This synthesizer makes unbelievable sounds and is a real “show stopper”! This rare analog synthesizer is a powerful instrument that will consistently surprise you with its versatility and creative sounds.” Link

Cat, Octave @ 26 July 2016, Comments Off

octave cat “Vintage Cat by Octave in good condition been kept in its case for years, needs a bit of TLC.” Link

Cat, Octave @ 12 July 2016, Comments Off

octave cat “The CAT by Octave Plateau Long Island NY.
Serial #B3333

working and looks good.

Vintage synthesizer from the 70′s packs a thick sound.
As a mono synth it is FAT, but also has duo mode allowing 2 voices to be played together, (rarer feature from this era).
Knobs upgraded to vintage Daven bakelite knobs.

Keyboard level and plays well. The graphics still nice (see pics).
Unit shows wear you must expect on equipment from 70′s.
This is from a recording studio and not road worn. ” Link

Cat, Octave @ 05 July 2016, Comments Off

octave_the_cat “1970′s Cat. All buttons are in working order. A few may need a bit of tuner cleaner. One silver button cover missing and a chip out of the side, see picture.

It’s time to let someone else enjoy this Cat.” Link

Cat, Octave @ 28 June 2016, Comments Off

cat “This is an excellent CAT Synthesizer, SRM Model 1853 by Octave. It WORKS GREAT!! This analog synth makes incredible sounds that can’t be matched by virtual instruments. Everything functions on the unit. Some of the sliders could use some oiling / cleaning as they are a bit stiff, but they all work very well. This synthesizer makes unbelievable sounds and is a real “show stopper”, especially when used in live situations. This rare analog synthesizer is a powerful instrument that will consistently surprise you with its versatility and creative sounds.” Link

Cat, Octave @ 21 June 2016, Comments Off

octavecat “1970′s Cat. All buttons are in working order. A few may need a bit of tuner cleaner. Time to clean out a few things and let others enjoy them. One silver button cover missing and a chip out of the side, see picture.” Link

Cat, Octave @ 31 May 2016, Comments Off

octave cat ” Octave Cat synth in very good condition. I have owned this since it was new in 1977-1978ish. Serviced by Ears, NYC a few years ago and is functioning beautifully. Have original manual and patch sheets. I do not have a box.

Model number (from serial number plaque: 1853). Cat SRM Rev SSM-1 on filter circuit board. SRM Rev C on Oscillator circuit board.” Link

Cat, Octave @ 24 May 2016, Comments Off

cat “This is a beautiful analog CAT SRM model 1853. I bought this new in 1978 and am the original owner. It has had VERY little use.

This machine is basically a ARP Odyssey clone. Incidentally ARP sued Cat over this!

This is a VERY rich and phat sounding machine. It has one over the mini-moog because it is possible to have all waveforms at once (each with their own slider) instead of just switching between them like the Moog. Great sounding filter too. Somewhere between Moog & Oberheim ; best of both worlds!

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.

Everything works. All keys, controls, outputs, etc. ” Link

Cat, Octave @ 24 May 2016, Comments Off

used cat “1970′s Cat. It has been checked out at a local music store. All buttons are in working order. A few may need a bit of tuner cleaner. We have had it for many years. Time to clean out a few things and let others enjoy them. One silver button cover missing and a chip out of the side, see picture. ” Link

Cat, Octave @ 17 May 2016, Comments Off

octave cat “1970′s Cat. It has been checked out at a local music store. All buttons are in working order. A few may need a bit of tuner cleaner. We have had it for many years, we have not plugged it in for at least 20 years. Time to clean out a few things and let others enjoy them. One silver button cover missing and a chip out of the side, no big deal.” Link

Cat, Octave @ 26 April 2016, Comments Off

cat “This is an Octave Electronics “The Cat” SRM Synthesizer. Great shape, all functions work, and it sounds great. Its in great cosmetic condition, just some scratches on the wooden side panels. Nice even keyboard, great feeling sliders, knobs & controls, strong & versatile filter, many features to create very deep and raw sounds with.” Link

Catstick, Octave @ 15 March 2016, Comments Off

catstrik “Octave CATstick joystick/vector controller up for sale. This one is in incredible condition, and has seen minimal use. Comes with what I think is its original (though non-descript) box, and instruction manual.

This controller has a very nice, stiff feeling, spring-loaded joystick. Voltage outputs based on the joystick’s position are available, as well as a mixed output of 4 VCAs, controlled by the joystick, which are fed either 2 LFOs or an external, patchable, signal. Very expressive and fun controller.

There is one tiny blemish (pictured) on the top right corner of the face plate, where the face meets the wall, a small paint chip.

The only other thing of note is that some of the potentiometers are a little stiffer than others. They get smoother through some use, but they don’t all have identical feels. They all work as they should, however. ” Link

Octave, Voyetra Eight @ 26 January 2016, Comments Off

voyetra 8 “This is an original Voyetra 8 Polyphonic Synthesizer. It has all of its original parts, in from what I can tell to be great condition. I am aware that this is a collectors item, but I am selling this AS IS, because I don’t really know anything about how to use it. As you can see from the pictures, it boots up just fine. The display works great, the unit itself appears to be in great shape – but again, I haven’t tested its functionality. It’s a pretty advanced piece of hardware and I don’t know how to use it.

This came to me from a commercial musician’s studio, and was in use during the 1980′s. It comes with a (Canon) carrying case, and all of the original literature that came with the unit.” Link

Catstick, Octave @ 19 January 2016, Comments Off

Octave-Plateau Cat Stick “This one is in great shape and looks almost new. The Cat-Stick is not just for the Octave Cat, but for any analog synthesizer with CV Inputs.” Link

Octave, Voyetra Eight @ 17 November 2015, Comments Off

plateur “This is a very rare Octave Plateau VPK-5 controller keyboard for the Voyetra 8 synthesizer.

It does NOT WORK and is being sold purely for parts or repair.

There is a fault in it that results in a short or electrical strain on the Voyetra 8 it is hooked up to. This may damage the Voyetra 8. The VPK-5 keyboards were simply not designed terribly well to start with, and I believe very few were actually sold as options to Voyetra 8 owners when new. That is likely why such design faults were never properly addressed or improved upon.

So today in 2015 if you are a V8 owner who has the good fortune of already owning a working VPK-5, then this unit could be a valuable source of spare parts. The joystick assembly and complete Pratt-Reed keybed are obviously desirable. Or you may be a V8 owner who is particularly brave and would like to get this unit repaired. Or just have it as a “dummy” piece to display next to your V8 for completion sake…I agree they look stellar when paired up :)

In any event, the buyer of this keyboard should NOT attempt to hook it up to their V8 until a qualified technician has evaluated its condition on the bench. If you do not heed this warning and do so anyhow, you are doing it at great risk of damaging your synthesizer!

I always wanted to invest the time and money to fix this one up for use with my own V8, but now realize I’d likely never play it once the novelty wore off. So it’s time to pass it on to someone else who can get a lot more practical use/value from it.” Link

Cat, Octave @ 29 September 2015, Comments Off

octave cat “Octave Cat synth in very good condition. I have owned this since it was new in 1977-1978ish. Serviced by Ears, NYC a few years ago and is functioning beautifully. Have original manual and patch sheets. I do not have a box. If you purchase it, I will need a few days to source a proper box and pack it to arrive safely.

Model number (from serial number plaque: 1853). Cat SRM Rev SSM-1 on filter circuit board. SRM Rev C on Oscillator circuit board.” Link

Cat, Octave @ 15 September 2015, Comments Off

octave cat “Fully operational and ready to go. All knobs and faders groove as they should.

Really good cosmetic condition with reasonable wear and tear considering this vintage synth is 40 years old.

My father, a retired music teacher, was the original owner and first purchased it back in the seventies. This synth lived in his classroom and he never gigged out with it” Link

Cat, Octave @ 14 July 2015, Comments Off

octave cat“Description: . comes as seen. Classic Vintage analog synth. only thing not original is of the slider caps but it is a good funky match

Condition: powers on and LED lights up. the synth makes sounds and all but one Key works. the Keyboard controller switch tip is broken off but the switch still works. it seams all the functions work but I am not that knowlegable on this synth so please see the 2 videos below. I will guarantee it to work as seen in the video – otherwise sold AS-IS as it is an older synth and will need some sort of clean and service to fix the bad key and broken switch tip. and what ever else that may not be working correctly ” Link

Cat, Octave @ 07 July 2015, Comments Off

srm2“This one is brand new in the original box with the manual and is working 100%. Prior to the listing, it had been calibrated as it’s been sitting in it’s box for over 30 years. This model is last of the series, the SRM-II. It uses CEM 3340 ICs (oscillators) and a SSM 2044 filter.” Link

Cat, Octave @ 30 June 2015, Comments Off

octave cat “I’m not sure if this works or not this was in my fathers garage when he passed away. I am selling for parts and not guarantying this works no way of testing. I took the bottom off so you can look at the inside.” Link

Kitten, Octave @ 30 June 2015, Comments Off

kitten“Description: . comes as seen. Classic Vintage analog synth. includes custom hard shell case as seen. you see lots of “The Cat” models but very little of the Kitten model. Although not as complex as the Cat, it is quite rare – so don’t miss out on this one as it is in great shape as it was stored most of its life in the case that is included. only thing not original are 2 of the sliders but they are a good funky match

Condition: powers on and LED lights up. the synth makes sounds and all keys works. it seams all the functions work except the Tune knob does not seem to do anything.” Link

Octave, Voyetra Eight @ 16 June 2015, Comments Off

voyetra 8Very rare Octave Plateau Voyetra 8 analog synthesizer, with the accompanying VPK-5 keyboard, with Version 4 boards. If you’ve been looking to add one to your studio, this is the one you want.

One of, if not the best polyphonic analog synthesizer out there. The V8 combines two CEM3340 oscillators (each with a sub-oscillator) and a SSM 2044 filter per voice with a huge amount of modulation abilities. The end result is a wonderful sounding synth that can easily go from subtle to HUGE. This particular unit is a green card rev. 4 machine, which is the final and most stable version of the Voyetra. It can accept MIDI sysex and can be controlled by external software and programmers.

Included is a VPK-5 controller keyboard. You can either use this controller or midi to control the Voyetra (but not at the same time).

Also included is the necessary XLR to MIDI cable, the operation manual, and other documentation. You are literally getting the “complete” package for the Voyetra.

Because this is a vintage piece of electronic equipment (and a sensitive one at that), there are some things to mention.

• The machine is currently fully calibrated, but trimmers inside the unit (for the voice card volumes and filters) may shift during shipping. If this happens, it’s straight forward to re-calibrate them as long as you are able to turn a knob and use a tuner.

• Voyetras were always somewhat temperamental in terms of autotuning. The machine autotunes exactly as it should – however, like any vintage analog synth it needs time to warm up and will sometimes require a few autotunes for all voice cards to pass. This is normal, and just requires hitting the autotune button a few more times. As it is, it is stable enough that it usually turns on with almost all voices already in tune.

• All Voyetras are very sensitive to ground loops and this can create unwanted noise in the audio signal. This can usually be solved by switching to a filtered power supply, or simply a different wall socket (as in my case). Or by using insulated washers in your rack.” Link

Cat, Octave @ 05 May 2015, Comments Off

octave cat “I BOUGHT THIS OCRAVE CAT FROM A GUY FOR $395. IT HAD NO BOTTOM PLATE AND WAS FILTHY. IT DID, HOWEVER, MAKE SOME VERY COOL SOUNDS. SO I TOOK IT APART AND CLEANED IT THOROUGHLY. I ALSO REFINISHED THE BATTERED WOODEN END PIECES. I GOT A NEW METAL PLATE CUT FOR THE BOTTOM. THE SYNTH IS NOW PRETTY IMMACULATE FOR ITS AGE. IT MAKES COOL SOUNDS, BUT IT WON’T STOP MAKING SOUNDS. ONCE I HIT A KEY, IT KEEPS GOING. I HAVE READ THAT THE WIRES THAT TRIGGER THE KEYS NEED TO BE PERFECTLY IN PLACE. THE KEYS ARE WORKING, BUT I AM NOT CAPABLE OF FINE-TUNING THE WIRES. AT 62 YEARS OLD, I CAN BARELY SEE WHAT THE WIRES ARE DOING. ALL THE KNOBS AND SLIDERS ALTER THE SOUND, AND THE DOUPHONIC SWITCH ADDS THE SECOND TONE. THE LIGHT THAT MAKES THE PULSE BEAT OCCASIONALLY BLINKS OFF, AND THEN THE SECOND TONE DROPS OUT. IF I WIGGLE THE SLIDER FOR THE PULSE, IT COMES BACK ON AND THE SECOND TONE RETURNS. I AM A GUITAR PLAYER, AND I GOT IN OVER MY HEAD THINKING I COULD CLEAN UP AND PLAY THIS KEYBOARD. I DON’T KNOW THE ELECTRONICS SIDE OF IT. IT APPEARS TO NEED SOME MINOR TWEAKING, BUT I AM NOT THE MAN FOR THE JOB. IT IS VERY NICE LOOKING AND VERY CLEAN NOW, BUT IT IS MISSING 5 SLIDER CAPES (WHICH YOU CAN BUY CHEAPLY), AS SEEN IN THE PHOTOS. THERE IS A TINY BROWN SPOT ON ONE KEY, AS SEEN IN THE PHOTO. THE BOTTOM PLATE COST ME $40, BUT I AM LISTING THE UNIT FOR THE PRICE I PAID FOR IT. I AM SELLING IT AS-IS. IT SEEMS LIKE IT’S ABOUT 90% THERE. THAT’S THE BEST I CAN DESCRIBE THE SYNTH. THIS UNIT WILL MAKE SOMEBODY WITH THE SKILLS A VERY HAPPY PERSON. ” Link