Design By Paul has released E Theremin, a theremin app for iOS
Vintage Electro–Theremin, Onassis Martino style synth. This app captures the magic of early classic slider controlled synthesisers such as the Ondes-Martenot (1928) Trautonium (1929) and Tannerin/electro-theremin (1950s)
The E Theremin has three oscillators that generate a rich fat analogue tone, with a choice of 4 waveforms (saw, square, triangle and sine) octave shift and amp control. The E Theremin can achieve portamento, vibrato and quarter-tones with precise control. 4 presets allow you to store your sounds and jump quickly between them during performance.
E Theremin features
Three oscillators (osc2 unison).
3 octave slide control.
Fat analogue sound.
Jump between 4 user presets.
Classic slider pitch control.
The E Theremin is available from the iTunes App Store for free for a limited time.
Only 200 “Glow in the Dark” theremins are available, so grab one before they’re gone.
It’s almost Halloween again, time to drink witches brew with creatures of the night and let the unearthly sounds of the Theremin float through the ether.
In celebration of the holiday we’ve created a limited edition glow in the dark version of our Etherwave Theremin. Play at night and let the unearthly glow guide your hand. Only 200 exist so act quickly.
The Glow In The Dark Etherwave Theremins are available through selected US dealers and international distributors.
Moog has announced that for a limited time the Little Phatty Stage II synthesizer will be available to purchase at a lower price in honor of Bob Moog’s 78th birthday.
Synthesizer pioneer Robert A. Moog was born in New York City on May 23rd, 1934. Now, 78 years later, Moog Music, the company founded by Dr. Moog, continues a fresh celebration of his life and innovative spirit. This week in downtown Asheville, NC, a new mural was unveiled on the building that bears his name. To continue this celebration, today Moog Music announced a special price on Bob Moog’s final synthesizer design: the Little Phatty analog monosynth.
Moog Little Phatty II analog mono syntheszizer.
“All of our customers and everyone at Moog Music celebrate Bob’s genius every day,” said Moog Music CEO, Michael Adams. “Bob inspired so many others to create, to design, to play, and to dream. It’s an honor for all of us here at Moog to carry on that legacy. We do it by honoring his vision, designing products that proudly carry his name, and by supporting the Bob Moog Foundation.”
“Before Bob’s passing in 2005, he was working on a brand new analog synthesizer design. His goal was to create a more affordable, high quality analog synthesizer. He succeeded, and that synthesizer would eventually become known as the Little Phatty. In honor of Bob’s birthday, we have decided to roll back the price on the Little Phatty to its original street price of $1,195. We hope that the many musicians out there who have always dreamed of owning a Moog will take advantage of this opportunity, and begin exploring a world Bob created with this amazing instrument,” said Adams.
The Little Phatty Stage II will be available for $1,195 through US authorized dealers until June, 30 2012. Additionally, On May 23rd Moog Music is donating 50% of its website clothing and merchandise sales to the Bob Moog Foundation along with a Moog Etherwave Theremin for every $350 in cash donated.
Moog Music has announced that it will donate 50% of all online clothing and merchandise sales on May 23rd to the Bob Moog Foundation, in celebration of Bob Moog’s 78th birthday.
Purchase Moog Music clothing on May 23rd to benefit the Bob Moog Foundation.
For every $350 raised, the company will also donate one Etherwave Theremin to the Foundation’s educational initiative, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, to complete the DBSS Educational Kit that is provided to each participating school. Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool teaches elementary school students the science of sound through the magic of music.
Moog Music will feature a brand new line of product-inspired apparel boasting graphics bold enough to induce a geekfest for synth enthusiasts everywhere. DVDs, CDs, mugs and other ephemera will be part of the benefit promotion.
Peter Dines has released the Arcturan UltraTheremin, a free download for Reaktor and Konkreet Performer.
I built this as a learning project to figure out how to map Konkreet Performer’s nodes to voices in Reaktor. If you’re interested, you can download here – you’ll need an iPad and Konkreet Performer to really make use of it. (It also works with TouchOSC – layout included in download – if you don’t mind a slightly less freakish playing experience)
Here’s how it works – set Konkreet up with three nodes and a ribbon. The three nodes control pitch and intensity. Angle from left to right is mapped to pitch, and proximity to the center node controls vibrato depth, rate and filter resonance. As pitch increases, the filter cutoff and pulsewidth also change.
Arcturan UltraTheremin is available to download at no cost.
Soniccouture has announced the Ondes, its next sample library featuring the sounds of the ondes Martenot, recorded with multi-instrumentalist Thomas Bloch.
The original instrument can be played in a number of ways, including au ruban, a technique where a metal ring worn on the right-hand index finger slides in front of the keyboard. This allows for Theremin-like sweeping glissandi.
The ondes Martenot used for Soniccouture’s sample library
James at Soniccouture explains:
“For the Ondes instrument We’ve come up with various real-time control options that can be setup according to taste, playing ability and available equipment.
But, yes – of course we have to assume that most users will only have a keyboard available. Any sampled recreation of an Ondes Martenot will be a compromise, even if you do happen to have a ring controller or even a doepfer ribbon controller.
We have also tested it using an inexpensive Korg Nanopad which has an X-Y control pad on it – this gives good results. We’d recommend any kind of MIDI ribbon or pad controller for adding expression, but it’s certainly not essential.
In fact, we were surprised to see Thomas Bloch playing a lot of passages on the Ondes Martenot without using the Ring control at all, just using the keyboard in a conventional way. I think many people don’t realise that the ring control is just one part of what is an incredibly versatile instrument ( I certainly didn’t). Another important part is the way vibrato is controlled from the keyboard – the entire keyboard is mounted on rails in such a way that you can ‘wobble’ it left and right to create vibrato with your finger as you play.
Another big part of the authentic O.M. sound comes from the 3 speaker units that come with the instrument. We have extensively sampled Impulse responses from these, so that the user can use one or all of the speakers separately or at once, from different mic distances etc. Personally i love this function, it makes it possible to add so much character just by mixing the outputs of different speakers.
Because of the character of the speakers and of the individual oscillators, we decided to take the kontakt instrument further, and we have built a separate, complimentary instrument called the ‘Poly-Ondes’. This is great for pad sounds, blending the 7 different osc sounds through the 3 speakers sounds really unique.”
Soniccouture Ondes for Kontakt
You can listen a few sound clips from the Soniccouture Ondes below.
According to Soniccouture the Ondes should be available soon, so keep your eyes out for this unique library.