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The Octave CATSTICK Synthesizer Controller was a unique device that expands the functionality of any analog synthesizer with control voltage inputs. Not only did it add 4 different control voltage outputs with additional LFOs and VCAs. All four of them could be manually controlled via the spring-loaded joystick.

Modulation, that's what synthesizers are all about. It's "modulation" that gives dynamics to your synthesizer performances. Bending a note. adding growl, vibrato. trills, that's all modulation. 

Up until now, you relied on sliders, knobs, rib- bons, wheels and pedals to vary your modulation expression. Each device needed a hand (or foot) to control each modulation depth. One hand for vibrato, one for filter sweep, another to bend notes. Sometimes you'd end up with more modulation needs than your hands or feet could handle! 

The new CATSTICK synthesizer controller frees your creativity by letting you control 4 different modulation depths with ONE HAND' Utilizing a Convenient "return-to-zero" spring-loaded joystick, two internal LFO's four internal VCA's and internal voltage processors, the CATSTICK allows you to obtain a different type of modulation for each of the four joystick directions; forward, backward, left and right. These directions, labelled Y1 (forwards) and Y2 (backward), X1 (left) and X2 (right). each have separate VCA and Control Voltage sections (see panel) so that each direction of Joystick movement can have its own particular modulation setting. And, the versatile output patching system provides you with independent control voltages, mixed control voltages and in-dependent VCA operation for use with any patch-able synthesizer. 

Imagine connecting the CATSTICK to your CAT, KITTEN, MINIMOOG or OBERHEIM and gelling vibrato when you pull the stick towards you. Pitch tend when you move it to the right, filter growl when you move it to the left and than have it snap back to zero modulation when you release it! 

For your STUDIO MOOG or ARP 2600, or other modular based synthesizer, you can use the CATSTICK in series with patchcords to turn on a modulation only when the stick is shifted off axis. And, the CATSTICK control voltages are still available to control other' synthesizer parameters! 

Audio systems can use the CATSTICK tool By utilizing the independent VGA'S, a stereo or Quad panning system can be set up to pan your synthesizer output for any other audio source) to different channels in your sound system. 

A return-to-zero, spring loaded joystick. 4 VCA's, 2 LFO's and internal voltage processors are all included in the CATSTICK. The feel•incredible! The patching system with 16 lacks for total flexibility! The construction is steel. of course! The CATSTICK - once you try it, turning knobs wIll never be the same!
Engine TypeAnalog
LFO2 Saw Down, Square, Triangle
Key typeN/A
CV-gateCV I-O
Produced:1979 - 1981
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

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