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- 1 Moog theremin
- 1 Orange Micro Crush amplifier
- 1 instructional dvd
- 2 theremin antennas
- 1 ten foot audio cable
- 2 power supply cords
How To Use
Gently screw the two metal antennas into the theremin. Make sure the horizontal antenna is extending off the edge of a table or counter, otherwise it will not work. Don't use a metal table. Run the included 10' audio cable from the output port on the theremin to the input port on the Orange speaker. Attach the theremin power cord and turn the power on using the power switch on the front of the instrument. Power up the Orange speaker by pressing the power button on top of the unit. Raise the volume level on both the speaker and the theremin to an appropriate level. Wave your hand near the vertical antenna to control the pitch and the horizontal antenna to control the volume. If you get no sound make sure the horizontal antenna is free of obstructions. Refer to the full instruction manual under Documentation for more detailed instructions.
The Moog Music story begins in 1954, when a young Bob Moog began building theremins, one of the oldest electronic instruments, and the only one known that you play without touching, in his basement with his father. For the uninitiated, the theremin is a single oscillator instrument that uses two metal rod antennas to control pitch and amplitude. The left antenna (a horizontal hoop) reduces the amplitude as the left hand is moved closer to it, while the right antenna (a vertical pole) increases the pitch as the right hand is moved towards it. For the last 57 years, the company Bob Moog founded has sold more theremins to more professionals than anyone in history. When it comes to quality, dependability, and tone, no one can touch the Etherwave Theremin.
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So get it for the novelty and fun, but don't expect to play it well.
I'm sure this is why we use keyboard based synthesizers now
It's a lovely-looking instrument, and the sound is pleasant and clean, but a little boring.
It's fun, at least for a while, to control the sound by waving your hands around in the air.
But after the novelty wore off I lost interest.
You can make warbly swoopy sound effects, but I wasn't able to find much variety there.
You could try to learn to control the pitch and articulation accurately enough to play melodies, and I could see that being a fun challenge, but it would also take a while to really master, and it didn't seem worth it to me for a monophonic instrument without a lot of character to the sound.
But others may find it more inspiring!
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