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1/4" to USB cable - easiest way ever to record theremin?


The SoundTech LightSnake USB Intelligent Instrument Cableicon might just be the easiest way ever to record your theremin. Just plug in the 1/4" end to your instrument and the USB side to your PC or laptop, and away you go. The cable has a built-in audio-to-digital converter so you don't need any other amplification devices in order to connect to your computer. No additional drivers are needed, and it's compatible with Windows 98 SE / Windows ME / Windows 2000 / Windows XP and Mac OS9 / OS X.

More info at Purchase for $39.95 at icon.

Via: Music Thing


vinic 4/28/2006 5:15 PM
Wow, this is the most marvellous invention of the 21st century to me, at this date (well, 94 years to come!)

I hope they'll develop ASIO driver soon!

If anyone in France, or Europe interested by a common shipping, please feedback! I take one for now and will try to find other interested guys...
Paul Holterman
Paul Holterman 8/15/2006 11:50 AM
Had my Lightsnake for a couple of weeks now, but still haven't figured out how to get my PC to work as a monitor.
In Cooledit PRo or the Windows sound recorder it works wonderful, but.... without being able to hear my attempts, the recording is useless.
Any suggestions anyone? Perhaps some other program that allows recording and monitoring of the signal simultaniously?

Thanks and greetings from the Netherlands.

Paul Holterman
Paul Holterman 8/30/2006 2:30 PM
Well, I guess the wonderful people at Lightsnake aren't able to help me either. So I guess for anyone who's interested in buying this piece of hardware here's my advice:

Only buy this piece of equipment when you know for sure your software (Lightsnake producer isn't able to tell me which one yet)will allow you to get some feedback from the recordings you want to make.
It seems a lot of guitar enthousiasts have the same problem.

For more information, check out the Lightsnake forum at:

Jason 9/4/2006 7:05 AM
Sorry to hear their customer support isn't great and that you're having problems with the cable.

Have you tried using a 1/4" splitter cable to run the theremin into your amp and into a computer at the same time?
Paul Holterman
Paul Holterman 9/4/2006 7:29 AM
Thanks Jason,

That's more or less what the good people at Lightsnake advised me to do. That still leaves the family plugging their ears everytime I practice. I had hoped the USB cable would somehow have saved my family life...

Still looking for other options or a new family!

come2go 4/10/2008 7:56 AM
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Thierry 4/10/2008 8:05 AM
The NERO Wave Recorder, included in the NERO CD/DVD burning suite, allows monitoring from USB sound devices.
Paul Holterman
Paul Holterman 4/10/2008 8:34 AM
I will certainement give it a try! Thanks!

Jeff S
Jeff S 4/10/2008 10:53 PM
Even if you never plan to play live gigs or do a lot of recording, one great option that some people might not think of is a small mixer.

You can get a small mixer with just a few inputs for less than $50.00 (USD) and even get one with assignable effects for less than $100.00 (USD).

One of the more useful aspects is the ability to plug in your theremin along with a CD player, control the level and pan, and monitor the mix using headphones. Jam along with your favorite tune while the wife and kids sleep undisturbed!

Plus, the output can be plugged into any amp or the computer using the lightcable or any audio interface.
hypergolic 5/5/2008 4:23 PM
I noticed when I try to record straight from the line out, it sounds nothing like the audio coming out of the speaker. Has anyone used a USB microphone to "mic the amp"?

GordonC 5/5/2008 6:37 PM
I prefer to record by miking the amp. It adds to the tone.

I use the microphone on my usb headset.

Alan_in_CA 5/6/2008 3:17 AM
I have my Behringer K900FX amp set up (it was easy as pie) with CD player (remote sitting on theremin) and theremin inputs, and headphone output. There are controls for inputs' levels, so I guess that makes it a "mixer," right?
Alan_in_CA 5/6/2008 3:24 AM
Oh yes--that cable does sound like a great idea!
djpb_designs 7/14/2008 1:48 PM
I saw a very similar product at Target for about the same price.


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