Tone quality and Theremin settings

Posted: 4/26/2005 7:04:43 PM
Erik

Joined: 3/20/2005

Hello all,

I have been working on creating a good "voice" for my Etherwave Pro for the tessitura between C5 and G6. I am trying to create a velvety, less raspy tone. Any insights on how to use the WF, BR, and FI settings in combination? Is one register setting better for achieving this? Can an EQ or effects generator help? I would love to hear from anyone else about this.
Thanks
Posted: 4/27/2005 12:00:12 AM
Jeff S

From: N.E. Ohio

Joined: 2/14/2005

Hello Erik! I'd like to help if I can. I'm no professional musician, and even though I played brass for eight years in my youth, I don't have a clue what a C5 or a G6 is (other than specific notes). However I have had my Etherwave Pro for a while.
First, I'd like to know exactly what sound your searching for? For instance, which preset setting (2-6) is closest to the one you prefer?
Personally, of the presets I like setting 5 ("classic" theremin) the best. However, on setting 1 (manual) the sound I prefer is basically the same as setting 5 but just a little brighter though not as bright and buzzy as setting 6. (Of course, this may have something to do with my hearing loss.)
Posted: 4/27/2005 12:56:11 PM
Cortex 007

From: Albany NY

Joined: 2/14/2005

the real answer is invest in a small tube preamp and tube compressor and add (judiciously) some reverb....then the tone will really sing with a human quality at any setting
Posted: 4/27/2005 8:28:04 PM
Barl

From: New York, NY

Joined: 3/25/2005

I get a real nice, old-timey sound on my Etherwave if I turn the waveform to about halfway, and the brightness almost completely down. It's much less harsh than the buzzy alternatives.
Posted: 4/29/2005 11:28:53 AM
Erik

Joined: 3/20/2005

I have an effects generator and I do add a bit of reverb that helps. I like voices 3 and 4 on the Pro settings, but 3 better. I actually tried playing with a compressor but it was like playing with a mitten on my left hand - took away control too much, it seemed.
My goal is a tone somewhat like Peter Pringle manages, but I have a feeling he heavily post-processes the sound for his recordings.
Posted: 4/29/2005 9:17:55 PM
Jeff S

From: N.E. Ohio

Joined: 2/14/2005

Erik - That's interesting that you'd like a tone much like Peter Pringle, but you prefer settings 3 and 4 on the E-Pro. To me, setting three is very whistle-like and setting 4 is too dull sounding. I think setting 5 is most like what Pringle does and what I described above for my manual settings is even closer. Just my opinion.
Peter Pringle uses a TL Audio Ivory Series VP-5051 Mono-Valve Processor to modify the sound of his theremins to be more voice-like. It's a combination of the vacuum tube and using the equalizer section to boost the midrange frequencies. The VP-5051 is a pro piece with a price to match, but I imagine you could accomplish the same thing with an inexpensive tube preamp and equalizer combination.

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