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If you remember one of my last posts about the Patch box the gate switch won’t surprise you.
The Etherwaves gate sends a signal which triggers the Little Phatty MIDI note ON. This is really important if you wanna play a bass like sounds with a punch on the beginning. The gate is similar to the sustain on Piano. While the strings has hammers on, it plays punchy tones, while off the strings can keep vibrating.
But what if you want to play tones with smooth start as on Classical Theremin..?
Well, normally you have to “rip off” the cable from Theremin while letting the cable still present in the Little Phatty (LP). The cable has to stay in the LP as a note opener. ..note: if you put the cable in the gate it will open a note for you, Without a note you wont be able to play a single note!
Ripping OFF and ON the cable while playing is not really god thing to do. First, you cannot do it any time you want to, because you need them in the air obviously. Second, third and may other reasons are obvious :)
So you need a On & OFF switch on the cable.. Ideally laying somewhere on the ground that you can just step on and switch between states.
If you want to know how to tune up your Theremin or you know much better trick that you want to share with other Theremin lovers .. join our Theremin workshop on the end of this August. The workshop will be more “serious” than making a new Theremin enhancements. The workshop is held by Pamelia Kurstin, from my point of view the best Thereminis ever. You can find more info about the workshop here :: http://theremin.komuso.cz
And finally..some pictures
Here is a new update.
My say style of playing is bit different than of others. I play more like I believe Pamelia Kurstin plays the bass parts, and also I play the pitch with left hand, though I’m right handed. I did not care about the knows that much as might seams like. I was able to tune the right knobs not seeing them although there where on the opposite side, as the Theremin is flipped the other way around.
I like to have the Theremin low.. sound :) and its position too. So I thought what if I just turn it on a side. how that will be?
And it is perfect :)
Small retuning solves the pitch shift that understandably pops up, because the cables are now closer to the pitch Athena and all the electronics too. Apart of that everything works just grate, The way of playing is much more comfy for me, though I might move it even more down than I have it now. The tuning is superb, as far as I can say,,. but most importantly the volume has the right sensitivity for the quick bass punches.
The photo is taken from the other side than I play. All the cables points either down, or the other way than I stay, which is cool.
The first hack is the always wanted volume switch on Moogs Theremin. Though I wanted to have also the Gate switch on the same place it turned out to be too dangerous to apply it. The volume switch is super easy. The switch connects or disconnects the volume antenna.
Some people are musicians, some are sound diggers… I think I’m actually a digger.
Last time I have tried the Theremin together with Slim Phatty. This is actually work for the whole rest of my life and beyond. Before this test ends I would like to do little bit more digging :) and so I have decided to enhance the Theremin spectrum a bit.
I’ve read some time ago that the Theremin can be enhanced by some module, but did not have really time for it, or I don’t know why, but I was just satisfied whith what I had.
Yea, you know the time is changing and the Youtube is tempting. Thomas Grillo made a nice video so I could not resist. Moreover, all the people on http://www.thereminworld.com said it is worthy, there was no other way than try it too.
The beast has a name ESP01. You can buy it here. A nice videa manual is again on Youtube. What is not actually there is how to implement it on Etherwave PLUS.
Welcome sound geek,
So you wanna know what is this all about….? It’s is simple.
It’s about making dreams comes true. I always wanted a something that lets me make a boundless sounds. Something that lets me create a sound I want to build. So first I bought Theremin years ago.. a super grate one voice instrument. A grate basement for any kind of sound tweaking. The simpler the inputs the more understanding is the process.
Well the source is not enough. I needed a sound builder, a tone bender, creator total sound controller. And then I found Slim Phatty. An ultimate synthesizer. This synth is controllable via CV inputs those inputs a I have on my Theremin soo awesome!
Then I found out.. I need a patch box! A external easy reachable ligh-weight input output divider.. and I made this
What it does?
Well it works as a simple switch. It lets me re-patch (connect) CV Theremin output form Pitch to SP-filter or to SP-Pitch or to SP-volume if I like.. or gate.. what ever. I can use all the Theremin outputs and control the Slim Phatty the way I want.
The result can be something like this..
Doesn’t sound interesting to you? Well it is just a first test. Wait a while and you won’t believe what a we can synthesize.
What about this familiar story.
“..hey a bought new computer but I don’t know where to get all the office programs and even worst, If I have then I do not know how to install them… Don’t vary just give it to your kiddy it know everything about computers…”
And so it happened.
The kid took what ever software it knows for that matter – say it was all legal material, and went through countless installations of this or that program for what ever daily use.
The kiddo agreed with all the necessary agreements and went on…
But, can an underage really agree with such a terms legally?
Isn’t it like that parents are responsible for their adults?
Nobody of us without the skilled layer is able to fully understand all that rights and wrongs. How the teenage can?
Can we just throw all the responsibility on the shoulders of the child, because it knows where to click during the installation process?
Isn’t our responsibility keep our children out of such a struggles?
Isn’t our responsibility not to let them undergo unnecessary risks?
They are not mature for these decisions, as like they are not mature enough for alcohol and cigarettes, or are they?
And so I say. Installing apps under 18 forbidden!
Keep your spine straight to these matters. Don’t make hypocritical exceptions. The rules are rules! We made them.
Couple months ago I have started to make a bike for Julie.
The intention was to make something unique, something that will cause no problems ..no chain can ever fall off the cassette. The sitting position has to be comfy as well as handle bars has to fit not causing any instability and so on and so … I did this
Bit by bit..day by day
The frame is old Alpine racing frame, rims are nice high Julians and the saddle Juliet :)
It looks like one speed but it isn’t. It is again equiped by nice Shimano Nexus inner hub, I just love my own and this has to have the same indeed. This kinda hub just awesome. All the Derailleurs are .. I don’t know..they are lighter for sure but you always have to think when you can change the speed. This is much faster, you can change the speed anytime, no matter if you drive or not and what speed. You can go from top to bottom without losing the drift.
OKi enough about the hub.. the rubbers are nice though we wanted much fatter, but the frame cannot handle big rubbers so we were”forced to” change the plan. The bike is faster now but on bad ways the drive is not that smooth ;) On the flat roads it’s a devil.
I love the stem, I got it almost for free, but it fits so nicely.. I played bit with colors, so the bike matches our sketches.
At the end I must say it is in much better condition then I though it will be. The ride is somehow smooth and plesant. I think the frame does its job well and the handle bars too.