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Theremin to Midi

Discussion in 'Recording' started by superiorinferior, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. superiorinferior

    superiorinferior Active Member

    As my title suggests, is there a way to record a theremin to midi. I don't own one yet but wouldn't mind getting one in the near future. I'm also wondering if you can't is there a theremin plug-in for logic.
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    wouldn't that be cool.

    For those wondering what a Theremin is:
  3. lambchop

    lambchop Active Member

    Does that mean that someone wants to start composing 50's style sci-fi music again?
  4. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I know, I know! Old Frankenstein or Alfred Hitchhock comes to mind. Maybe this would be useful if you could MIDI it somehow. It seems really limited but since we come from the generations that invented all this, and did it all, already, this is probably looking like a cool new thing that could be added as an effect to make some pop song loop a hit.

    Maybe the next autotune craze lol. Sample a voice and start rapping with it. Shake you hand as fast as you can.

    Doesn't the pitch blend do that though?
  5. lambchop

    lambchop Active Member

    Actually, the one pop hit that does come to mind is the Beach Boy's "Good Vibrations". Aside from that, the only theremin music I can imagine is either "The Day the Earth Stood Still", "Plan 9 from Outer Space" or some of the hundreds of other poor sci-fi flicks I watched as a kid. I should say that "The Day the Earth Stood Still" was actually pretty good for its day. Oh yeah, and another classic was. "The Thing".

    Not to get off topic, but many people don't realize that the great composer, Henry Mancini, got his big break writing the soundtrack to "The Creature from the Black Lagoon".
  6. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Here is more info on midi for it: The world’s first MIDI theremin: The Ethervox. ( the tuning may kill you) but the keys are great when she kick into upright bass.
    Theremin.info :: Moog Ethervox MIDI Theremin

    Also see this link:

    Etherwave Pro http://www.theremin.info/-/viewpub/tid/16/pid/2

    Sadly, Not Currently in Production
  7. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Interesting. When you play a theremin too precisely it sounds like bad violin playing.
  8. vttom

    vttom Active Member

    The Dr. Who theme (at least the one from the 80's that I remember in my head) sure sounds like it has a Theremin in it.
  9. vttom

    vttom Active Member

    I spoke too soon. Not a Theremin. However, the theme has a Wikipedia entry all its own, and is and extremely interesting read:

    Doctor Who theme music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  10. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Always been a cool sound. Sci-Fi and Horror movies wouldn't have been the same without them.

    And as lambchop mentioned "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys too.

    Seems like MIDI would ruin what makes the Theremin special.
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