Moog Music today announced the official release of the Theremini – a ‘re-imagining’ of the theremin that offers traditional analog control, synthesis options based on Animoog, control voltage out for controlling other analog gear, MIDI In/Out and built-in effects.
In the official overview video, above, thereminist Dorit Chrysler introduces and demos the Theremini.
The Moog Theremini
The Theremini offers a wide range of features, for both new players and power users:
- 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
- Rubberized feet
The Theremini’s front panel features a multi-function LCD screen, which displays a chromatic tuner with real-time feedback of each note as it is played. This is designed to help new players learn hand positioning for correct pitch intonation.
The Theremini also offers adjustable pitch quantization. You can select a scale and root note and then ‘dial in’ the level of pitch correction that you want.
At the maximum position, the Theremini will play every note in a selected scale exactly in tune. If pitch correction is set to minimum, the Theremini performs exactly as a traditional Etherwave Theremin – an analog heterodyning oscillator controls pitch. Because the level of pitch quantization is adjustable, it can be used as a learning tool for new players, as an effect, or as a new playing option for advanced users.
The Theremini features a portable design with tabletop feet, bottom nesting pitch antenna, and a built-in speaker for quick setup and rehearsal anywhere.
The Theremini includes a stereo effects processor, so it has two line level audio outputs on the back. Other connections include an assignable ¼” CV output jack with selectable range and a mini USB jack for preset editing, sound and firmware updates, and MIDI control.
- LCD SCREEN: 128 X 64 pixel LCD with white backlight.
- HEADPHONE JACK: 1/8” (3.5mm) TRS headphone jack. Inserting a headphone plug will disable the internal speaker
- VOLUME KNOB: Controls headphone volume and built in speaker volume.
- PITCH BIAS KNOB: Determines the amount of pitch correction from 0% to 100%
- SCALE BUTTON: Select from a list of built in scales
- ROOT BUTTON: Select the root note to be used by the scale
- SETUP BUTTON: Provides access the setup and calibration functions – also acts as a shift key.
- DELAY LENGTH BUTTON: Selects the length of delay: SHORT, MEDIUM, LONG, or OFF
- DELAY AMOUNT KNOB: Controls the amount of delay mixed with the dry signal.
- PRESET KNOB: Selects the preset played from a built in list of 32 presets
- LEFT OUTPUT: Line Level ¼” unbalanced TS
- RIGHT OUTPUT:Line Level ¼” unbalanced TS
- CV OUTPUT: ¼” TS – 0-5V or 0-10V selectable
- USB: MiniB USB2.0 High Speed for USB MIDI
- KENSINGTON LOCK SLOT
- POWER SWITCH: Push ON / Push OFF
- POWER JACK: 12VDC/1.2A from 100–240VAC external supply (included)
The Moog Theremini is available now, priced at US $319. See the Moog site for more info.