The Game Cat Synth is an glitchy handheld synth that’s as unpredictable as a feline

The Error Instruments handheld synth gives you chaotic results in two joysticks

Error Instruments Game Cat Synth

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The Game Cat Synth from Error Instrument is a new handheld device that promises glitchy, randomised chiptune chaos through two joysticks.

The instrument draws inspiration from the looks of game consoles and a black cat, and the retro sounds of Arcade, NES, SID, and more.

Error has intentionally kept what’s going on inside the mysterious little instrument a secret, however it claims there are many sweet spots to hit by simply twiddling the two thumb-sticks. The fun mini synth also features two potentiometers for adjusting pitch and moving through presets, a USB port for power and a mini-jack (fe)line output.

In Error’s video demo of the synth, we spotted – amid the bit-crushed sonic barrage – several ‘nyan’ audio samples at different pitches; it’s all very quirky. Check it out in action below and decide for yourself.

The Game Cat Synth joins Error’s eclectic range of standalone instruments, which includes such products as the Pocket Lullaby, a music box with a mini-jack output and the Loopman xo, a cassette player with pitch/time stretching talents.

The Game Cat Synth is available now in select regions of the world for €120.

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