Theremin Opera, With Subscope Theremin + EHX Talking Machine

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Thereminist Améthyste Spardel performs a haunting rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu on Subscope Theremin, run through an Electro-Harmonix Talking Machine.

The Talking Machine is a programmable formant filter, designed to create vocal effects controlled by the player’s dynamics. In this performance, the Talking Machine is set to a fixed ‘ah’ sound.

See also Peter Pringle’s amazing theremin vocal synthesis of Nessun Dorma.

Electro-Harmonix Effectology – World Music Sounds

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EHX’s Bill Ruppert continues his excellent series, Electro-Harmonix Effectology, with a look at creating “world music” sounds using just a guitar and effects pedals.

The Effectology series explores the idea of using EHX effects pedals in a modular manner to create sounds that are far removed from the traditional sound of the guitar.

You an get pedal setting details at the EHX forum.

Use Your Guitar As A String Synthesizer

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The latest episode of Bill Ruppert’s Electro-Harmonix Effectology series looks at how to turn you guitar into a string synth and tin whistle using effects pedals.

While this is a little bit off topic, it’s always impressive to see how Ruppert uses his guitar and effects as a sort of modular synthesizer.

See the EHX site for pedal settings.

Rock Band 3 Gets A MIDI Keytar!

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Check out this preview of Rock Band 3 – and the new keytar action!

They don’t call the new keyboard a keytar – but if it looks like a keytar and smells like a keytar…..

In play, green, red, blue, yellow or orange keys flow on a “stream” representing the notes to be played on five corresponding keyboard keys. In a new “Pro” mode, though, all 25 keys are used; the streams shifts left and right to cover the correct keys.

In an interesting twist, the keyboard will also work as a MIDI control keyboard that can be connected to a computer.

“This is a real instrument,” according to senior designer Sylvain Dubrofsky.

This could make Rock Band a lot more interesting for keyboard players. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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Telstar, Performed On Electric Guitar + Electro-Harmonix Effects

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The eighth episode of Electro-Harmonix Effectology series looks at recreating Joe Meek’s Telstar, and the sound of a vintage Clavioline, using just a guitar and effects pedals.  No keyboards,samplers or midi pickups were used.

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Recreate Dark Side of the Moon With Effects Pedals

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In this episode of Electro-Harmonix’s “Effectology” series, Bill Ruppert, Professor of Effectology, recreates the sound of Pink Floyd’s On the Run from Dark Side of the Moon with effects pedals.

Pedals used:

  • Micro Synthesizer
  • Stereo Memory Man with Hazarai
  • Frequency Analyzer
  • Big Muff Pi
  • Stereo Pulsar

For more details on pedals and settings, see the EHX site.