Posted: 1/9/2006 9:19:24 PM

From: eastern canada

Joined: 1/9/2006

anyone know the scoop on their pitch only models? such as if they're even worth considering?
Posted: 1/10/2006 12:49:24 AM

From: Kansas City, Mo.

Joined: 8/23/2005

Great question. The issue of "single antenna" or "pitch only" theremins is one that can elicit pretty strong opinions. So, in the spirit of "charging in where angels fear to tread" here are some thoughts that come to mind.

You will discover that many opinions exist on this topic. One is that a Theremin must have two antennas (pitch and volume) to qualify as a true Theremin. The other is that a Theremin falls into a broad class of devices know as "gestural controllers" and as such, any device that is controlled by gesturing (as opposed to touching) is ok.

I think the answer boils down to what you intend to do. If you want to create sound effects and just have some fun a pitch-only model may suffice. And, if you are doing experimental or otherwise non-traditional / aleatoric music you may have just as much fun with a pitch-only Theremin.

To play music that approaches a traditional performance, you would quickly become frustrated with a pitch-only theremin. In order to play traditional music you need to control dynamics and articulation along with the pitch. Also, you need a pitch antenna that is linear enough that you won't be constantly frustrated trying to hit notes.

The risk with an el-cheapo instrument is that you may needlessly conclude that you cannot play accurately on the Theremin.

I have heard good things about the Kees and the Etherwave standard as being good Theremins for starting out. As Theremins increase in price, they tend to have better antenna systems that make them easier to play.

Will be curious to hear what you ultimately decide to do. Good luck!

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