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Snowdon
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Theremin Sounds

Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:03 pm

Hey all ,I was wondering how one would imitate a theremin sound {think Good Vibrations], without having to go and buy a theremin.

Does any of you know of a good sample source to be able to help me.

It doesn't nessecarily have to sound exactly like a theremin Im really after a massive pitch bend [sweeping range]. like a octave sweep.

Hope this makes some sense.


Thanks heaps.

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Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:34 pm

Attached is a .zip file of a song with three quickly made Theremin sounds:

Select track 1 to hear an EXS-24 version (no samples needed!)
Select track 2 to hear an ES2 version, slightly brighter than the EXS version
Select track 3 to hear a mellower version of the ES2 sound

You'll probably want to adjust the glide rate, attack, release, vibrato rate, etc. to get exactly the sound you want. Note that all of these produce vibrato automatically. If you want to use the modwheel to introduce the vibrato you'll just have to do a little extra programming to get that to work.

All totally modifiable, but perhaps enough to get you started. (Oh, and pardon the cheezy reverb -- it's just a Space Designer instanciated on an Aux and no actual reverb selected).

:mrgreen:

Basic construction of the Theremin sound: a sine, triangle, or square wave (low pass filtered) to give you a predominantly pure tone. Glide (portamento) and vibrato are the chief pitch characteristics. Slightly slow attack, and most importantly, monophonic operation (one note at a time). Play legato. For some reason the EXS version glitches every once in a while even though it's set to a legato monophonic mode. Still, if you can deal with that, the "feel" of the glide on the EXS is particularly good for Theremin imitations.

I know you want Beach Boys, but for a more "sci-fi" sound from the ES2 versions, add distortion or filter drive, and/or select a brighter waveform (like square) but don't close the filter down on it quite so much -- just enough to give the sound a little edge. There are a million ways to get variations you can give to the tried-and-true pure-tone Theremin sound.
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Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:45 pm

Thanks heaps Ski I really appreciate it your quick reply.

Im looking forward to having a go at this.Looks like heaps of fun.
Ill let you know how I get on.

Cheers

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Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:46 pm

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Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:52 pm

Thanks Ski.

Exactly what I needed.

Cheers.

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Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:50 pm

very cool, i like the 1st track best. will definitely find some use for those. i busted out my theremin last week and came to the conclusion that: in my hands it is only useful for bizarre noise. thanks a bunch
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Hooray

Tue May 19, 2009 5:28 pm

Brilliant stuff. I've just spent two hours looking for theremin plug ins and virtual theremins that I can use with logic but nothing seemed to work. I've got a very tight deadline for this piece of work and I'm not good with synths, you may have just saved my sci-fi bacon. thanks for sharing
 
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Tue May 19, 2009 6:54 pm

here's a track that I did with ski's theremin. it sounds really great, thanks ski. i just added a bit of delay, added some overdrive and wiggled the pitch wheel while i played. if you like theremin, grab this preset.
http://www.imeem.com/people/Js3nomQ/mus ... e-doormp3/
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Wed May 20, 2009 3:31 am

Cool, great song, I'll have to look for more of your band. Really like the theremin sound I'm gonna have a go at recreating that now.
 
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Wed May 20, 2009 9:25 am

dingle wrote:
Cool, great song, I'll have to look for more of your band. Really like the theremin sound I'm gonna have a go at recreating that now.

thanks, actually no band; just me having a whack at things when i can find a moment of free time. yea, that theremin is really nice.
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Wed May 20, 2009 9:32 am

Hi Michael,

I'm  r e a l l y  pleased that you liked the Theremin sound so much! I'll have a listen to your track in the next day or so, but in the meantime I just wanted to let you know that you made my day with your posts!

Thanks to everyone else who's commented and used these sounds. Glad you found them useful/inspiring.

Best,

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Wed May 20, 2009 1:27 pm

These sound great. Thanks ski. :D

Michael:

FANTASTIC F***ING song dude. Amazing. I LOVED it.

HAve a good one. :D
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Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:50 am

Ski, first of all thanks for posting your theremin patch. I'm still on Logic 7 and when I tried to use it -- I got an error message that I couldn't because it was made in another version of Logic or something like that. Presumably it was created in Logic 8?

Does anyone know of a workaround that will allow me to use it in Logic 7? Does Logic 8 provide an option to save a file in a manner that is backwards compatible? (I have not upgraded because I need midi-clock support which was abandonned in Logic 8.)

Thanks in advance.
 
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Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:05 am

Yes, it's a Logic 8 file, sorry.
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Theremin now with ES1

Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:22 pm

Hi Ski your project with my add ES1 theremin
Another one theremin but for complet your set
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Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:59 pm

Very nice Franckten! Has a nice "bite" to it. Cheers!!!
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Tue Jun 23, 2009 3:23 pm

Franckten is yours also a Logic 8 file or, by any chance, did you make it in Logic 7?
 
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Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:06 am

HI, sorry for being a newb, but how do you add the theremin to your library?

Thanks for the help :)
 
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Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:21 am

Just download and open the arr posted on this page. Then open the esx 24 and click copy
in top right corner of the sampler. Then just click paste on the esx 24 you are using in your own song.

This is also a way to get it going even if you don´t have Pro as Express does
not include the space designer reverb.

Thanks for the theremin sound btw !!!
 
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Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:43 am

wow! thanks for the great Theremin emulations!

i only have a tiny problem with your EXS24 sound, ski.

when i opened the project file, i tried the EXS24 one first, and then the other two, and when i went back to the EXS24, no sound came out!

it's like the setting just vanished...what should i do?
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