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OVERVIEW

Based on Leon Theremin's original designs.

The Theremin is one of the oldest electronic instruments, and the only one that you play without touching it. Moving your hands in the space around its antennas controls pitch and volume. Like the Ethervox, the Etherwave is an authentic adaptation of inventor Leon Theremin's original design. It's easy to carry and set up and fun to play.

The Etherwave is a quality Theremin with a design that retains many characteristics of the original theremins, including a five-octave pitch range and reliable spacing between notes for sophisticated playability. Antennas are nickel-plated 3/8" brass tube and cabinets are furniture-grade hardwood. The Etherwave is fitted with an adapter for mounting on a standard microphone stand and is designed for use with a musical instrument amplifier such as the Moog TB-15.

The Etherwave is shipped with a DVD that contains two video tutorials: Mastering the Theremin with Lydia Kavina, and Clara Rockmore, the World's Greatest Theremin Virtuosa.

FEATURES
  • Power Rocker Switch - switches on and off the AC power to Theremin.
  • Audio Out - standard 1/4" phone jack, which delivers line level output to your amplifier.
  • Pitch Rotary Control, for adjusting the response of the pitch antenna.
  • Volume Rotary Control, for adjusting the response of the volume antenna.
  • Waveform Rotary Control, for adjusting the waveform of the audio output.
  • Brightness Rotary Control, for adjusting the brightness of the audio output.
  • Power Input - receptacle for the special AC adapter that comes with the Etherwave. 110V and 220V adapters are available.
SPECIFICATIONS

Etherwave Theremin Standard

  • Power supply is included: order 110V for use in US or Canada or 220V for use in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. 110V Etherwaves ship with videotapes in NTSC format; 220V Etherwaves ship with videotapes in PAL format.
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MoogEtherwave Theremin Standard
 
4.4

(based on 7 reviews)

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  • Excellent craftsmanship (3)

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3.0

A little short of the mark for live performance

By Jack

from undisclosed

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult to Use
    • Limited Sound Selection

    Best Uses

      Comments about Moog Etherwave Theremin Standard:

      I bought this for use in live stage performance. Moog has a reputation for powerful products of robust design. Here the designers ignored the needs of the live, gigging musician. Forget about trying to carry the instrument assembled; the antennae will break off in transit. It takes several minutes to screw them on, and another five minutes just to screw the unit onto a microphone stand. Just plugging in the AC adapter cord is a struggle, because it uses a 3 pin DIN plug instead of the usual barrel connector, and you can't see the orientation of the recessed socket without a flashlight. Unlike all other AC adapters in the world, this one has a three prong plug on a wall-wart, the most cumbersome plug I have ever seen. You are not going to plug this baby into an extension cord unless you carry a heavy three-wire, grounded cord to the job. Don't forget to bring a ground-lift adapter with you, because the unit is uniquely sensitive to ground-loops. Don't plan on using the ground-lift adapter every time, because you can't play the instrument at all unless it has exactly ONE ground point. That's how it reacts to the capacitance of your hands. The "volume" control does not control volume. Instead, it adjusts how the volume- regulating antenna reacts to the proximity of your hand. NOTE: Unlike every electric musical instrument ever made, there is no volume control. You will have to buy something with a volume control, plug your Theramin into it, and keep it within easy reach of where you are standing. You can't just walk away from the Theramin at the end of the song, because it will howl as soon as you remove your hands from the area. A mute switch would be nice to have, but the engineers at Moog weren't thinking about the stresses of a performing musician. You can add an expensive mute switch by plugging your Theramin into a tuning pedal. Not a bad idea, because the tuning pedal will help you play on-key sooner and more accurately, Once set-up, it sounds great!

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      5.0

      Make A Sci-Fi Flick? Call Me!

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      By Sin City Artie

      from Las Vegas, NV

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Eclectic
      • Excellent Craftsmanship
      • Fun

      Cons

      • More Instruction To Play

      Best Uses

      • Audio Effects
      • For Voice Tracks
      • Jam Sessions
      • Performance
      • Practice
      • Video Bkgr

      Comments about Moog Etherwave Theremin Standard:

      I have always wanted one since I heard the classic sci-fi flick soundtracks back when...And the outstanding use of the instrument by The Beach Boys...Always put it off...then I said why not...Pick it up...On back order so it arrived a week or so after the holidays...What a treat to play...You learn something each time you fire up your own Theremin...Looking for something FUN to play? This is it, my friend...

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      5.0

      Finally.

      By Native Crust

      from Albuquerque, NM

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Beautiful
      • Excellent Craftsmanship
      • Great Intonation
      • Great Sound
      • Highly Responsive

      Cons

      • Not An Etherwave Plus

      Best Uses

        Comments about Moog Etherwave Theremin Standard:

        This theremin is great. Wonderous sound. It is something that will take time to master. Buy it. Plug it into different things. Enjoy it.

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        4.0

        fantastic

        By Ric N Backer

        from NY

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

        • Excellent Craftsmanship
        • Great Sound
        • Highly Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • As a toy
          • Practice

          Comments about Moog Etherwave Theremin Standard:

          I bought this for my Son. He has wanted one for a long time. I first purchased the "other" theremin because the Moog was on backorder and I wanted him to have it for Christmas. it was ok but didnt do what I expected. I got the Moog when it became available and WOW.....the difference is amazing. we still dont really have the hang of it yet but it is definitely better than the other one...spend a little more and get this one, its well worth it

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          5.0

          the best theremin out there

          By Karl Newbedford

          from scotland

          Comments about Moog Etherwave Theremin Standard:

          i love my theremin, its great for song intros or intricate solos
          it could be painted a more fitting colour
          epic price

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          (6 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Either get it, or you don't

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Moog Etherwave Theremin Standard:

          I think the Theremin is an instrument that isn't totally made for everyone. I bought mine mainly to create those old cheesy 50's sci fi sounds. It's a extremely tough instrument to play and I don't recommend it for musicians. If you looking to put this in your band or songs or something it probably won't fit. If your looking to create sounds it can be very useful. It's a fun thing to attempt to play and it's a nice conversation piece. Respect it because electronic music wouldn't be around if it wasn't for the Theremin.

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          (22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Not to be undertaken lightly.

          By Byan Peterson

          from Twin Falls, Idaho

          Comments about Moog Etherwave Theremin Standard:

          I've been fascinated by the therimin for several years, more so since I began listening to the music of Jean Michel Jarre, who occasionally uses a therimin in his music. I bought the Moog Etherwave last month and have been playing with it constantly since then. The product was in excellent condition and takes up far less space than I'd thought it would. The two antennas which are used to control it are easy to remove for travel and just as easy to reattach. I will say this much, the therimin definitely is not an instrument to take up lightly. It's a hard instrument to play. Because one plays by moving one's hands around the antennas, it can be easy to mess up what you're playing. Move even a finger at the wrong time and you can mess it up. On the other hand, however, you can use that to your advantage if you only need a minor pitch change. Fortunately, though it's not as blind friendly as I might have liked (yes, I happen to be blind), the DVD that's included with the Etherwave is very interesting to listen to, as it features Lydia Kavina and Clara Rockmore, the two greatest therimin virtuosi after Leon Therimin himself. I never knew Greesleeves could soud so good coming from an instrument most associated with sci-fi soundtracks. So while it is a difficult instrument to play let alone master, I whole heartedly recommend it to anyone interested in learning a new instrument.

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