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The VOX 40+ is grate plus, the only problem is that the knobs where on the bad place. If you want to hear the music, especially high tones and be able to tune up the sound at the same time, that was not easy. You either hear the sound and cannot reach the knobs, or you reach the knobs but can’t hear the sound as you might like ;(
The only way is to separate the amplifier from the box, which I did ;)
I kinda made a shelf for the amplifier. So I can have it within the box as usual, and also can take it out if I need so :)
Warning! The output cables should not touch the metal sheet of the electronics! You have to use the plastic “Jack” output and not the cheaper version with the exposed ground. If the output touches the frame (ground) you’ll burn up the Amplifier! Which I did btw ;} It took more then month till they fix it for me.
If you ever wanted to buy the legendary Theremin Etherwave PRO but don’t have extra $4000 don’t worry, there is even better solution to this problem. You can buy the Slim Phatty which is way cheaper about $850 and it gives you way more possibilities how to tune up your Theremin.
The Slim Phatty is a analog synthesiser so you won’t sacrifice any of the original warmness but add more to it.
Lets see some moving images with the actual sound…
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.