Swiss company WaveLicker designed Thereminator specially for interfacing a theremin to synthesizers. It is a eurorack module that takes the control voltage signal of the theremin’s antennas and convert it into 3 gate and 3 trigger signals. Up to three different thresholds points can be edited and stored. This is great, because you can adjust the distance (= where in space the trig happens) without changing your theremin playing settings. You can patch it with the pitch or with the volume antenna CV. In this video, i used the volume antenna only because i find it easier to get a musical application with it.
Alain Gillièron - the boss of WaveLicker - created Thereminator on my request. He made an external gate for my theremin about a year ago. It boosted my creativity and totally changed my solo theremin performance : i am not using any playback nor computer device on stage anymore. I can play synth and my theremin simulteanously. So, we decided to improve this device and develop a eurorack module, so that other people can have access to this "augmented" theremin playing. I am totally addicted to this module! I am very thankful to Alain Gillièron, all the energy and time he dedicated to this project.
I've been testing the prototype for a 3 months and I made 5 patches to show different ideas.
Thereminator is pretty simple to use. A calibration is requested before using it, to assure full compatibility with your theremin. After that, it is just a matter of practice : theremin playing is very subtle and sensitive, so using Thereminator accurately also requires some training.
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