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 the KAT/stick by KBplugs is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin.
the KAT/stick
Product the KAT/stick
Developer KBplugs
Price (MSRP) Free
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An emulation of the features and structure of Octave's the CAT, coupled with the CATstick joystick controller (here implemented as an X/Y pad). The CATstick also contained two additional LFOs.

Since the CAT had so few CV inputs that aspect of the emulation has been cheated to allow the stick to control any combination of: either or both VCOs, VCO 1 PW, VCF and VCA.

Clicking on the panel's 'Notes' button will display helpful info.

Many, many thanks to 'bbuese' on the DSPR forum for designing the 'spring-action' for the stick - unlike typical X/Y pads, the CATstick returned to the center/zero-output position when it was released. Here one has the option of spring-loaded 'stick' or normal X/Y pad operation.

v1.1.1 - VCO 2's cross-mod toggles Phase or Freq, so one can do the 'faux-sequencer' bit by modulating VCO 2's pitch with a mix of VCO 1's square and pulse waves at sub-audio frequencies.

This does NOT emulate or model the actual sound of the CAT, or any other vintage hardware synth, just borrows from the control design, layout and panel design of the CAT and the CATstick.


32-bit, so will require jBridge, etc., (or a DAW that will bridge) for use on 64-bit systems.

The link on the website is to a Sync.com folder that also contains the .osm Synthmaker source 'schematics', so anyone with SM, or it's successor Flowstone, can alter it to suit. It's hoped that anyone who makes significant improvements will share the result with everyone.

As this was originally built for my own use only, there are no presets included; I wanted to come at the instrument anew each time, as one did with vintage analog hardware.

Made with SynthMaker

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