Doepfer theremin

Posted: 1/15/2008 5:40:47 PM

From: switzerland

Joined: 1/12/2006

Has anyone ever tried the doepfer theremin system? Is it any good??? is it playable?
Posted: 1/15/2008 6:08:29 PM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

Hi Coco,

Eri has. There's a video ( on her mySpace site.

Herr Doepfler told me the pitch field is rather small, but I recently heard a report that it was not too bad. I can't remember where I read that.

Posted: 1/16/2008 5:12:03 AM

From: Bristol, United Kingdom

Joined: 12/30/2006

God, that sounds horrible!
Posted: 1/16/2008 11:13:01 AM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

Perhaps you should post a link to it on Levnet.

Posted: 1/16/2008 2:47:07 PM

From: Germany, near Munich

Joined: 11/20/2007

...I tried it, and it is very difficult to play.

I also talked to Dieter Doepfer (his office is just 15 minutes from here) and asked him about modifications - as he was busy preparing for NAMM we didn't get thaaat far - but: mods should be possible...

Yesterday I took the theremin modules out of the Doepfer-box and into a separate housing...about 50 cm apart - and there were easier to play; next thing I'll try - time permitting - is a modification of the antennae, and I think that could do a lot also.

One thing to keep in mind is (regarding Eri's video) that the Doepfer-system is a modular synthesizer - so it is, what you make out of it; eg. I used the theremin-modules to control an A-110 standard VCO (not so nice) and then an A-111 high end VCO (three times the price ;o) and the result was much better the second time.

I also used the audio out and fed it into my computer, and voila: with a little filtering even the A-110 sounded great.

And one last thing: the Doepfer-theremin modules provide multiple VC-outs.

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