the noob's question

Posted: 6/26/2006 5:49:27 PM

Joined: 6/26/2006

Hello. I'm from Estonia and I'm 18. I am planning to order etherwave theremin with amp and I'd like to know are there some kind of theremin processors which include a lot of effects and you can made your own sound etc. I'm really interested in theremin. Can anyone recommend me something? Thank you.
Posted: 6/27/2006 4:19:20 AM

From: Madrid, Spain

Joined: 2/19/2005

Hi, and welcome to this passionate world.

AS far as I know, there is not such "theremin processor unit". Why? 2 main reasons:

-Not such amount of demand
-Lots of guitar & bass processors in the market of every kind of qualities and prices that will just do the work.

I am an amateur bassist so I have 2 little multi-effects for bass. Probably what you have to do is go to your local music store and test every cheap multi-effect units they have for a starting point. Specially important for the theremin are the delay and reberb effects and, even, a good compressor. More effects (chorus, flanger, phaser, distortion, and lots more) will be good as long as you like them, but are not so important. Everything of this is included into today's cheaper multi-effects for bass or guitar, you just have to try them all and see by yourself what can they make you sound like.

Of course, don't forget to test them with your own theremin and a similar amp like yours. I grant you a little audience at the shop ;)
Posted: 6/27/2006 9:00:41 AM

From: Jax, FL

Joined: 2/14/2005


Try a few out and see what works for you.

Another good resource is your fellow musicians. If you know any guitar or bass players who use effects they may let you run the Etherwave through them and see what you think.

Good luck!
Posted: 6/27/2006 9:29:46 AM

From: Kingston, NY

Joined: 2/13/2005

Yes welcome to the musical world of the aether!
Hope the theremin is as fun for you as I've found it, I'll never regret getting mine.

For the theremin I have a Boss RV-5
Digital Reverb Pedal which is basic, clean sounding and so far seems study.
I think I might get a pitch shifter pedal or MoogerFogger next when the local gear store has it's summer sale.

There's a thread around here somewhere I think about looping/delay units too which are very popular.

Posted: 6/27/2006 4:28:01 PM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

edit - removed messed up posting and reposted below - silly me.
Posted: 6/27/2006 4:32:18 PM

Joined: 6/26/2006

Thank you all.
I got it. All I need is a good guitar processor or effect pedal. Btw I play guitar, but I'm bored with it :P Can I play theremin with my guitar amp ?

Can you check this video
What do you think what kind of effect he's using? Reverb?
Posted: 6/27/2006 4:43:08 PM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

The problem with theremins and effects boxes is that effects boxes mostly want a very rich, harmonically complex sound source, like a guitar, to perform well, and the theremin has a very thin, pure sound. You could put a short delay unit before the distortion box to beef up the sound prior to distorting it.

I like delay units. Got two so far. This is fun - I get the sound well and truly complicated with both of them, then crank up the gain on my amplifier to distort it and play air-guitar, strumming near the volume antenna whilst making chords towards the pitch antenna.

No1nderland (, a UK Theremin manufacturer, sells fuzz boxes and ring modulators to go with their theremins. I have heard some clever stuff done with a ring-mod (cue Jon-B) but have no knowledge of putting a fuzz-box on a theremin. No1nderland also sells a "dub siren" called the No1derdub which is a modulated tone generator - I imagine it would make an interesting second sound source for the ring-mod.

Whilst on the subject of delays, Pamelia Kurstin does good stuff with long delays. The NY radio show Spinning On Air broadcast a 20 minute live session of her with just a theremin and a couple of long delays. You can hear it here ( There's a real audio stream on the page marked "Listen to the whole show." Scroll to about 13 minutes in to hear a straight - no effects - piece from one of her albums, then skip over the adverts to about 20 minutes in for the live session.

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