Free App Unleashes Moog Theremini Synthesis Capabilities


At the 2014 NAMM Show, Moog Music introduced the Theremini – a new take on the theremin that offers traditional analog control, combined with an advanced synthesis engine.

The Theremini comes with 32 patch presets – but when we talked with Moog at NAMM, they told us that they were working on a patch editor that would let you create custom patches for it.

Today, Moog released Theremini Advanced Software Editor, a free iPad app that unlocks the sound design potential of the new theremin. (Windows and OS X versions are also planned). Here are the details…..


The Moog Theremini Advanced Software Editor allows you to access new layers of the Theremini’s synthesis engine, so you can tweak presets and create new ones. The Editor also includes an exclusive library of new presets to kick-start your creative process.


  • Create new presets
  • Edit existing presets
  • Craft new sounds in real-time while playing your Moog Theremini
  • Create or edit preset libraries with built in Library Manager
  • Unlimited preset storage
  • Share libraries of sounds via email or iTunes file sharing
  • Edit the Theremini’s global settings
  • Built in Editor User Manual, Theremini User Manual, and Quick Start Guide
  • Simple drag-and-drop preset library
  • Quick Save for instantly editing an existing sound

Note: This application does not make sound by itself. It is an editor librarian app for the Moog Theremini. To use this app, the user must have a Lightning to USB host adapter (for iPads with Lightning connector) or the Apple Camera Connection Kit (for iPads with 30pin connector) and a mini USB cable.

The Editor is a free download via the App Store. If you’ve tried it, let us know what you think of it!

10 thoughts on “Free App Unleashes Moog Theremini Synthesis Capabilities

  1. Interesting. I was just looking at the Theremini earlier today. Still can’t decide if I should get this one or the Etherwave Plus. Decisions, decisions.

    1. 100ms latency?! I seriously doubt Moog would release something with such a latency. But this is the first time I have heard about it, so…..

      1. I was also shocked when I read it. I would love to learn playing a Theremin. External synth control via MIDI is huge for me, so this version is the preferred one. Obviously if the latency is so long than I have no chance no matter how hard I would practice. Anyone have it? Any experience?

    2. Thanks! I was just wondering what the latency was myself. Good thing owning an Etherwave isn’t for nothing. 100 ms of latency ON A THEREMIN would be unplayable PERIOD. If its using an ARM processor though, like the iPhone than that wouldn’t surprise me at all. Iphones have terrible DSP latency

  2. Lol, from a master app like animoog to a hand waving sine warbler?? And to make it worse, we have to buy your antenna on a plate??

    Come on Moog, we deserve better!

  3. Luckily, I don’t read “Theremin World Forum” or maybe I wouldn’t have bought my Theremini, which I’m very happy with. I have no idea what this 100 ms latency claim is all about. One patch has both volume and a low pass filter on the left-hand antenna, so you have to move your hand far enough to open the filter. Other patches have delays which might be confused for latency. I haven’t noticed a poor pitch-to-distance curve, but then I calibrate mine carefully before I use it. Have the complainants read the instruction book carefully? I doubt it.

    I’m so enamoured of the pitch-to-CV – which has various options – that I’m going to upgrade my Etherwave to the “Plus” specification soon. Meanwhile, I’ll download and play with the app!

  4. Bloody hell, all this can be done with the mod and pitch wheels and xy pads in other apps, why get all “flappy” with yer hands?

  5. Hi there!
    I have the Theremini and uploaded the new presets that came with the new editor software into my Theremini today, but the sound all came out two-tonal. I had to reset and reinstall the previous presets through the update that recently came out. That update, for some reason, causes my Theremini screen to flash now and again. I’ve had the Theremini since around late November. It has been hard to play it so that it sounds more organic. I usually turn off the correction pitch for that reason, although that could be used creatively in some songs. All this said, is anyone else finding it hard to control the Theremini? Does the new editor software work for everybody else? I also find it hard to get the right octave range. Any recommendations? I managed to play the Star Trek theme song of the original series version the other day, so I think I’m on the right path and that the Theremini can be a useful and functional instrument to a certain extent that I hope to gain control over in the eventual future with practice. Would anyone like to share their thoughts on the matter? Cheers! Mathieu

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