Moog Music today introduced the Claravox Centennial Theremin, a new theremin that’s designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the theremin and named to honor the first theremin virtuosa, Clara Rockmore.
They also shared a new video, embedded above, capturing a performance on the Claravox by French musician Grégoire Blanc, accompanied by pianist Orane Donnadieu. Moog describes the performance as a tribute to the classical duets of Rockmore and her sister, pianist Nadia Reisenberg.
The Claravox Centennial is designed to be a flagship theremin, with a fine-grained walnut cabinet, brass antennas and cloth bound control panels. While the Claravox has a classic look, though, it’s the most advanced theremin design that Moog has ever created.
Switchable Traditional and Modern performance modes let you choose between classic heterodyne analog oscillators and wavetable generators, with assignable scales, quantization, and octave ranges. An analog wave-shaping circuit (derived from the Etherwave Pro) offers additional sound-sculpting options and an on-board analog BBD delay lets you create classic delay effects.
It’s also designed to offer a wide range of customization for differing playing styles.
Other features include MIDI and CV inputs and outputs for integrating with DAWs or controlling external sound sources, front-panel preset storage for instant recall of your favorite sounds and settings, optional pitch quantization and scale selections and a dedicated software editor to further expand the instrument’s control and sonic capabilities.
Pricing and Availability:
The Claravox Centennial is available for pre-order today, priced at $1,499 USD, with units expected to begin shipping in December 2020. Moog says that it will be available for a limited time only.
A matching walnut instrument stand, as well as a left-hand configuration of the instrument, are also available.