Bob Moog is on a roll. In the last few years, he has breathed new life into his company, regained rights to use his name on musical instruments, and revisited and revolutionized one of his classic instruments. Now Moog has taken the humble theremin, the clunky looking star of so many soundtracks of the sixties, and turned it into a work of art.
Moog has designed the next step in the evolution of the original electronic instrument, the Theremin. The Etherwave Pro features professional quality response and sound in a package designed both for beauty and portability.
The Etherwave Pro features removable pitch and volume antennas. The Pitch range of this instrument extends to 6 1/2 octaves. Both Volume and Pitch antenna response are tuned from the wooden pitch and volume knobs as well as the fine adjustment trim controls at the bottom of the front panel.
The front panel controls include a range switch which allows for choosing one of three octave ranges. The Timbre rotary switch is used to select one of the five preset timbres (classic theremin tones) or enables the front panel Waveform, Brightness, and Filter controls, which allow the thereminist to tailor their own personal theremin tone.
The Etherwave Pro also features a headphone output with level control and a dedicated tuner output. A lighted Standby switch allows the Etherwave Pro to be on but silences the audio output.
One of the more interesting features of the Etherwave Pro is that it includes control voltage outputs for both Pitch and Volume. This allows the theremin to control other analog equipment, such as the Minimoog Voyager Synthesizer, or Moogerfooger Analog Effects.
The Etherwave Pro will begin shipping around the end of March 2004.