The Schmaltz Continuum

Posted: 12/5/2015 11:46:27 PM

From: Northern NJ, USA

Joined: 7/29/2014

Well, I've had this Haken Continuum about a week now and thought - heck lets write something way, way over the top using the theremin and the Continuum together and also using Omnisphere Strings (an expressive adagio patch) as the accompaniment.

Since I've mostly been practicing legato playing on the Haken (well not really practicing - fiddling for a week is more like it) I thought lets write something that stresses legato and portamento playing. Admittedly I used way too much portamento throughout - but sorry - you want schmaltz, you got schmaltz. (Toned it back a bit in the latest version I've posted). Just a little too much pressure on the continuum and it sounds fake - and just a hair less it makes all the difference in the glides. Very sensitive instrument. Plus some of the patches like the string patch are not consistent in volume being originally "seeded" by a viola I believe - so it sounds a lot more natural and way more resonant in the mid-low register (which I really don't use too much in this piece). 

I've found most of the continuum patches need tweaking as they appear to be primarily for instruction purposes. Here I'm just using the stock String patch on the Continuum and my Burns Pro. I have to say - it's just so much fun to play both the theremin and the continuum. 

There is a great need for a wider variety of natural sounding (i.e. acoustic instrument) continuum patches. 



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