Moog Etherwave Plus Theremin - Quarter Sawn Tiger Oak
Humbucker Music has teamed up with Moog to bring you a truly period correct rendition of the Etherwave Theremin!
First, what is the difference between the normal Etherwave and the Etherwave Plus?
With the Etherwave Plus, you can control synthesizers and effects while playing the Theremin or use it as a stand-alone CV (Control Voltage) controller.
Pitch & Volume CV Outputs - control a different CV parameter with each hand
Gate Output - trigger envelopes and other events
Pitch Preview/Headphone Output - with volume control, lets you hear your note before the audience does.
Power LED - instant visual power status on dark stages
The CV outputs control signals are proportional to the pitch and volume of the Theremins audio signal. Connect to the pitch and volume CV inputs of a Little Phatty, Voyager or other analog synthesizer for a completely new way to play your synth. These CV signals are not limited to pitch and volume control. Route them to any CV destination and create a new world of expression. Control anything from the cutoff frequency of a Moog Ladder Filter or the LFO Amount on a Moogerfooger Ring Modulator to the stereo panning on a Minimoog Voyager.
Why Quarter Sawn Tiger Oak?
As you can tell, we're fans of most all things retro at Humbucker Music. What electronic instrument could possibly be more retro than a Theremin? Since the Theremin was created by Leon Theremin in 1920's during the Arts & Crafts decorative movement, we figured it would be appropriate to offer the Moog Etherwave in a enclosure that suits the higher-end style of the time. With it's simple aesthetic and straight lines reminiscent of finer Mission styled Arts & Crafts furniture, the Tiger Oak cabinet is *PERFECT* for the discriminating Etherwave Theremin owner.
Quarter sawn oak was a key feature of the aforementioned decorative style of the American Arts and Crafts movement, particularly the work of Gustav Stickley, who is easily considered one of the finest furniture builders ever. He felt it was superior to any other wood used in furniture making. Cheaper copies of Stickley's furniture were sometimes made with the less-expensive woods stained to resemble oak, but it can be identified by its lack of "tiger striping".
Quarter Sawn oak, while somewhat expensive, has two distinct advantages:
(1) It is considerably stronger and more resistant against warping with changes in humidity, and
(2) It can produce beautiful ray flake in the grain, often called tiger stripes.
Sourcing the Wood
This wasn't exactly an easy task. Tiger Oak doesn't exactly grow on trees. Wait! Scratch that. You know what we mean... Anyway, in order to do this, we worked with Moog and their woodshop supplier in Sparta, TN, just up the road from us. We specified the wood, and we prototyped a few finishes back and forth until it met our specs.
"One of my hobbies is collecting old tiger oak pieces of furniture, so I had a very distinct finish in mind that I wanted to see on these enclosures. I'm very happy with the outcome, and the first one is going home with me!" - Jake Langston, Head Dishwasher, Humbucker Music
Yeah, yeah. We get it. What about the Theremin itself?
The theremin is one of the oldest electronic instruments, and the only one you play without touching. Moving your hands in the space around its antennas controls pitch and volume.
The Etherwave is a quality musical instrument designed for ruggedness and portability. It has a five-octave pitch range and reliable spacing between notes for sophisticated playability. Antennas are nickel-plated 3/8" brass tube and cabinets are furniture-grade hardwood, finished with a custom Moog stain. The Etherwave is fitted with an adapter for mounting on a standard microphone stand and works well with most guitar/bass amplifiers, and PA systems.
All Etherwaves ship with two video tutorials on one DVD: Clara Rockmore: the Greatest Theremin Virtuosa and Mastering the Theremin, featuring Lydia Kavina.