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Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Music Gear Monday: The Moog Theremini

Leave it to the clever folks at Moog Music to come up with a completely new take on everyone's favorite sci-fi instrument - the theremin. Moog has released the Theremini, which takes Bob Moog's favorite instrument to a new level of precision and fun.

While the traditional theremin took a great deal of skill and dexterity to play, the Theremini employs assisted pitch quantization that allows a player to adjust the instrument to their playing proficiency, so every note is always scaled perfectly. In fact, Moog claims that it's impossible to actually play a wrong note in certain setups, which means the player can spend more time on being more expressive with vibrato and level (and the built-in delay).

The Theremini contains a built-in tuner to provide real-time visual feedback of each note played, as well as the proximity to the pitch, making it easier to learn how to play. It also contains a number of presets that enables you to select from 32 wave or wavetable based patches, so you can draw on some non-conventional theremin sounds as well.

The unit comes with a built-in speaker, two 1/4" audio outputs, a headphone jack, a pitch CV output, a mini USB jack, MIDI in and out, and can be mounted on a mic stand or camera stand with an adaptor.

The Theremini is priced at a very reasonable $319 and is built to order, so there is about an 8 week delivery time. Check out the Moog Theremini website and the video below.



Rand said...

Fantastic update of this unique and amazing instrument. Plenty of potential and fun.

Hopefully Jimmy Page is aware of this and can be inspired to use it when (god only knows) Zeppelin flies again.

Anonymous said...

I'm still waiting for one single video of a real tune being played on this instrument. I tried it and sent it back. Everything I've seen has shown loopy sound effects and crazy reverb, but no actual music being made even with as redoubtable a theremin player as Dorit Chrysler.


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