Posted: 10/24/2006 9:06:56 AM

From: Jax, FL

Joined: 2/14/2005

I think most of us here would love the Bose PAS.

As far as the speaker being behind the player, I just don't think it matters given the speed that sound waves travel through the air.

It's not so much a matter of where the speaker is but of how close it is to the player.

The preview does not come from the sound hitting the player first but rather from the player being able to hear the tiniest of notes played at the lowest possibole volume before the audience can hear them.

That could happen with the speaker placed anywhere so long as it is closer to the player than the audience.

If you ever see someone playing a fretless bass they will often do the exact same thing.

They start the note and adjust it before it is audbile to the audience.

It's a little easier with the bass since you can actually feel the onstrument in your hand but there is still some wiggle room regarding placement of the fingers and hand.

Other than that, it's just a matter of preference.

You should try ot play with a set-up that matches what you used to rehearse as closely as possible.
Posted: 11/18/2006 6:06:54 PM

From: Ypsilanti, MI, USA

Joined: 9/29/2005

I typically plug my Kees into my Peavey TKO 65. It's a keyboard amp that I usually use as a bass practice amp. I've tried the Kees with my Fender Bassman 135 and a 1950 Gibson combo (both tube) but it really didn't improve the sound enough to warrant plugging them in for practice purposes. I also use a small battery operated amp that looks like a Fender, although it has no identifying markings to show whether it is or not. I used this amp for my first theremin recording because, it raises the pitch of the theremin when you touch any metal on it. It's pretty cool. The track is called Wiretapping (http://www.soiledutilities.com/media.html).
Posted: 11/19/2006 1:41:56 AM

From: Kansas City, Mo.

Joined: 8/23/2005

[i]Note: the music that I play utilizes traditional notes and the approach to my p.a. setup is in support of that effort.[/i]

For me, the ideal position for the Theremin speaker is behind me such that the bottom of the speaker is at the same height as my ears. The closer the better -- three to six feet works well.

The idea is that the performer can hear faint sounds that the audience can't -- thus providing an opportunity to correct pitch before the audience hears it. This is not a function of timing, it is a function of the the loudness at a given distance from a speaker.

There should be no other sounds mixed in with the Theremin signal -- after all, the performer ideally will hear every little thing.

This is especially effective when playing with an accompianment -- the accompianment masks the faintest theremin sounds from the listeners however the performer, who is close to the speaker, will hear the faint sounds.

The amp that you use really is a matter of personal preference however find an amp that delivers a clear sound, free of hum, hiss, and distortion. For long practice sessions, a noisy amp may cause fatigue and interfere with your enjoyment of the music.
Posted: 11/21/2006 12:25:39 AM

Joined: 2/21/2005

For playing I plug my Thremax into an ordinary solid-state guitar amp (I'm hoping to improve on that in the near future). For digital recording I plug straight into the front of my PC, which is equipped with a SoundBlaster Live! Drive.

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