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Octave | The Kitten II


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.

The Kitten II from Octave The Kitten from Octave was released in 1981 with one VCO with revisions built in from where the original Kitten left off.

The specs are not clear and info is scarce from the Internet about The Kitten II's revisions however players and owners of the instrument largely agree that the chips and/or internal electronics were updated for better stability with the same modulation capabilities as the original.

ModelThe Kitten II
Engine TypeAnalog
Voices (max)1
LFO1 LFO, Sine & Square waveforms, can modulate VCA or VCF
Engine Detailed1 VCO plus white noise generator
Filter (VCF)1 VCF
Envelope (VCA)1 VCA with ADSR
Key typeKeys
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.

Manuals, patches etc.


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