Moog Music introduces new futuristic Theremini instrument at NAMM 2014 | Instruments, Gear and Software

Moog Theremini

Moog Music, last week at NAMM 2014, has introduced a new instrument to their catalog, the Theremini, which is essentially a re-invented theremin with modernized features. While the theremin is actually a challenging instrument to pick up, the Theremini, on the other hand, is designed to accommodate to players of all skill levels with the addition of its pitch correction function. Turning up the pitch quantization knob allows you to play any note to its exact pitch with a selection of scales to choose from. Dialing it down will bring the setting back to the old fashioned Theremin style of difficulty.

Furthermore, utilizing Moog’s Animoog sound engine as its core, the Theremini includes other great features such as a built-in tuner, 32 wave/wavetable patch presets, a built-in speaker, headphone jack, and a delay effect function to add a little more fun. With a USB/CV rear panel port for integration of external devices and MIDI capability, the Theremini allows many avenues for creative experimentation and performance use. With that said, it comes at a fair price tag of $319 and will be available in Spring 2014. Check here for more details/specs or scroll below.

From Moog Music |

The Theremini is a re-imagination of one of the oldest electronic musical instrument in history, and Bob Moog’s first love – the Theremin. Its design fuses the experience of performing with an instrument you don’t actually touch, with a powerful sound engine derived from Moog’s award winning synthesizer, Animoog. The Theremini guarantees immediate success to any player at any skill level, while providing new ways to experiment with music, education, and gestural control.

Assistive pitch quantization allows each player to adjust the instrument’s level of playing difficulty. 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 and vibrato becomes possible. When set to minimum, the Theremini will perform as a traditional Theremin – the analog heterodyning oscillator controls pitch and there is absolutely no assistance.

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, and educating younger players about pitch and scales.

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 the 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.

Check out this exclusive BBoy Tech Report feature on the Theremini at NAMM 2014:


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