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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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plikestechno a part-time user from Canada writes:
I have an SRM. Do not buy this expecting it to sound just like an Odyssey. It sounds almost like an Odyssey depending on how you tweak it but the SRM has many features on top of the Odyssey that make it even better to me.

In today's market, with the price of 70s analogs heading to the moon, for under $1000 US any of the CATs are a steal and will provide you with a lot of hours of enjoying and exploring modular flexibility with a tight funky sound at a fraction of the price of Odysseys and Minimoogs. The SRM is the most coveted with its 2040 filters and extra gate triggers and if you even had to go to $1200-$1500 for one of those in excellent condition I would say do it. There aren't many. Maybe 3000 Cats, about 2000 SRMS and another few thousand SRMIIs.

CATs are notoriously noisy and if using it on a recording you will need to use a noise gate/limiter for sure. Unless you want it in there.

Sounds are everywhere from the ridiculously low to the ridiculously high. Great sub osc's on each oscillator and pulse width.

Everything modulates everything else with great sync and sample and hold functions so you can have a lot of fun. With the pedal and cv/gate controls it really is like having a mini modular.

It's what gts people so excited. It's absolutely beastly. It makes wonderous basses and leads. Some of the best of I've ever heard. I use it a lot for percussion as well. Very good disco basslines too. It has two phenomenal tight envelopes which can repeat themselves and can be modulated with S&H. you can also bybass the envelopes and not use the keyboard at all if you want to get your drone on.

Splendid filter with multiple LFOs and frequency control options. You can also modulate the filter with the envelopes or VCO1. Throw your drum machines through for vintage sounds.

One really great thing is that you can mix all the waveforms together on each oscillator as opposed to picking just one waveform. The adjustable pulse width in level and form is absolutely fantastic and makes things super phat.

Knobs everywhere so it is very easy to detune and play sounds. If ARP could go back in town I'm sure they would have used knobs.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-26-2009 at 15:52
Brian Old a professional user from UK writes:
A copy...totally...of the ARP Odyssey. It can't help being a great synth. Interestingly, not as popular or as valuable as the Odyssey. People see it as a rip off, I suppose. Great modulation possibilities. great filter. Knobs rather than stiff sliders. Good news. Quite reliable. I would rather have the original...the Odyssey.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-19-2006 at 07:37
bryce recordon from california USA writes:
yeah so i picked this bad boy up from a a place called future music. I didnt really know what to make of it when i first saw it. then i played around with it and i was blown away by the leads and basses this thing could do. i love this thing cause it just shames any ohter lead or bass synth i have on a track.

if you find one BUY IT you will not regret it

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-12-2006 at 13:16
Marty a part-time user from Providence, RI writes:
Fantastic "duophonic" synth - bought mine in NYC in 1977 - SRM version came out later, and while my model did not allow clean duophonic playing like the SRM, it was still amazing. Also wished the pitch bend were spring loaded, but those were my only complaints. Great value, super-fat sounds, very stable (once you let the oscillators warmed up for 30 min.s), never any key problems, and wild effects. Incredibly flexible, easy to use, fast, perfect for live playing. Never really used the gate-in, other than fooling around during rehearsals with a guitar. A great instrument!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-08-2006 at 09:17
Brian H a professional user from Amsterdam, Netherlands writes:
My Cat sits in a corner these days but samples are with me on every gig. For years it served up massive Hammer-like lead lines and its abililty to jump from one to two voice felt natural. If I ever get around to recalibrate I'm sure it will be onstage again; a killer synth!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-17-2005 at 06:41
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