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Moog's Etherwave Theremin Review

Moog's Etherwave Theremin Adds Convenience To An Already Classic Sound.

Moog's Theremin has never been an easy instrument to play.

But what the Theremin lacks in ease of use, it makes up for by being the single most expressive electronic musical instrument one can get their hands.

Yet it still saddens my heart to know that the learning curve of the Moog Theremin has still deterred many would-be fans for decades from experiencing the utter joy of playing this instrument.

But that isn't to say that Moog wasn't trying...

Over the past decades Moog has been refining the original design of the Theremin; which has evolved the instrument into one unrivaled by anything else on the market. 

The Moog Etherwave Theremin

The new model of the Moog Theremin' take the original design and add new levels of portability and convenience.

What started as an adaption of Leon Theremin's original design, Bob Moog's took on a life of its own... or more so, a twist of its own.

The primary upgrade Moog's Etherwave Theremin introduces CV outputs, enabling the option to connect the instrument to pitch and volume CV inputs of other hardware pieces such as the Little Phatty or other electronic instruments.

Adding on to this all are further improvements to the hardware modeling making set-up and takedown simpler than ever. It's just a few quality of life updates, but sometimes that's all it takes.

What Is The Theremin and How Does It Work? 

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A Moog Theremin works as electromagnetic fields surrounding the antennae are generated.

The vertical antennae on the right hand side of the device controls the pitch of the synth and the horizontal looped antenna on the left side of the unit controls the output volume. 

When the player makes minute gestures and motions around the antennae, the pitch and volume alter and shift in response. With enough proficiency in the instrument, the player can control the pitch to create high-dynamic, soaring melodies. 

It goes without saying that a lot of fine-motor control is needed to get the best results here...

Should I Buy A Moog Etherwave Theremin? 

To be frank, the Theremin will never NOT be a niche market instrument. 

The nuance, learning curve, and specific tonality the synth offers certainly isn't for everyone. 

Yet for those looking specifically for that weird spacey sound right out of the box, this Theremin is an obvious choice. 

Pros Of The Moog Theremin:

  • Like most of Moog's synths, all knobs have the smoothest action imaginable, giving a smooth and fluid adjustment to all dials.
  • The solid construction of the Theremin harkens back to the original design-build; built to last for generations to come.
  • Improved pitch sensitivity over previous models

Cons Of The Moog Theremin:

  • Steep learning curve makes it hard to approach for those just looking to get started with the instrument.
  • Hefty price point that might be hard to justify for newer players. 

Moog Etherwave Theremin Specs and Features 

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Theremin Specs:

  • Analog Sound engine
  • 1/4” unbalanced; Line Level Audio Output
  • ¼” TRS with pitch preview Headphone Output
  • Pitch CV, Volume CV and Gate CV/GATE OUTPUTS
  • 5/8" (16mm) MIC STAND THREAD
  • 110v for use in the US or Canada / 220v for use in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia EXTERNAL POWER SUPPLY
  • 27.5” Long (18” without volume antenna) x 6” Deep x 3 ¼” x 20.5” High (3 ¼” without antenna) DIMENSION
  • Weighs 8 lbs

Theremin Features:

  • 5-octave range
  • Reliable spacing between notes
  • Nickel-plated brass antennas
  • Furniture-grade cabinet
  • Mounts on standard mic stand
  • Pitch and Volume CV Outputs - control a different CV parameter with each hand
  • Gate Output - trigger envelopes and other events
  • Pitch Preview/Headphone Output - with volume control, lets you hear your note before the audience does
  • Power LED - instant visual power status on dark stages

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