2014 NAMM Show: The theremin has long had a reputation for being one of the most difficult instruments to play in tune. Moog Music today introduced a new theremin that attempts to address this issue, without sacrificing the theremin’s expressive power.
The Moog Theremini is a new theremin that offers traditional control, retro-futuristic design and improved playability.
A built in tuner supplies real-time visual feedback of each note as it is played, as well as its proximity to perfection. This is useful for correcting a user’s playing position, or to educate younger players about pitch and scales.
In addition, the Theremini lets you dial in assistive pitch correction. At the maximum position, the Theremini will play every note in a selected scale perfectly, making it impossible to play a wrong note. As this control is decreased, more expressive control of pitch becomes possible. When set to minimum, the Theremini will perform as a traditional theremin, with analog heterodyning oscillator and absolutely no pitch assistance.
The presets section allows you to select from 32 wave or wavetable-based patches, store a selected scale & root note, set and recall a specified playing range, and specify per-patch settings for the included stereo delay.
Recessed in the top of the Theremini is a compact speaker perfect for private rehearsal and quick setup anywhere. Silent rehearsal is also possible via front panel headphone jack. Simply plug in ear-buds or headphones and the built in speaker becomes silent.
For live performance and gestural control, the rear panel features two line level audio outputs, a pitch CV output with selectable range, and a mini USB jack for MIDI I/O and connectivity.
- Pitch correction w/ selectable scales and root note
- Built in tuner allows you to learn pitch and scales
- 32 Wavetable based presets
- Built in speaker
- Headphone output
- Two 1/4″ audio outputs
- Single Pitch CV output w/ selectable range
- User selectable scale and root note (stored per preset)
- User selectable range: highest note and lowest note (stored per preset)
- Adjustable Stereo Ping-Pong Delay
- Removable pitch antenna – built in storage compartment on bottom-side
- Built in 3/8″ Mic stand and Camera stand adaptor High quality rubberized feet
The Moog Theremini is priced at $319.