Pretty sure it's a theremin in this song...

Posted: 1/1/2010 6:14:57 PM

Joined: 3/21/2008

It begins to fade in at about 1:51 in the song "Make Light" by Passion Pit.
Posted: 1/5/2010 9:57:21 PM

From: Jax, FL

Joined: 2/14/2005

It sure sounds like a theremin but I didn't see one in their set-up.
Posted: 1/6/2010 1:44:18 AM
Brian R

From: Somerville, MA

Joined: 10/7/2005

I'm going to resume my habitual role of Theremin Skeptic. The vibrato is so fast--and so absolutely regular in rate AND depth--that I'm sure it's one of the keyboard synths, using a patch with a fast, wide vibrato and ample portamento.
Posted: 1/7/2010 4:12:47 PM

From: Canada

Joined: 8/1/2008

That's not a theremin. It is one of their keyboard synths or modules - possibly the Roland. I have a Roland that will make that type of sound.
Posted: 1/8/2010 11:03:39 PM
Thomas Grillo

From: Jackson Mississippi

Joined: 8/13/2006

I agree with coalport. It's a keyboard with pitch-bend, and vibrato wheels.

In fact, they even show a Roland keybard in some of the stills.

I have an old Kurzweil midi-board which has pitch and vibrato wheels.

There was absolutely no variation in the vibrato rates in the tune.
Posted: 1/21/2018 8:17:20 AM

From: Theremin Motherland

Joined: 11/13/2005

... the end. Our member Martel had noticed it as  an "idealy soft sounding".
Posted: 1/21/2018 11:26:06 AM

From: Theremin Motherland

Joined: 11/13/2005

Brief info:
The urban romance "Ya yekhala domoy" ("She was travelling home...") was written when Lev was 5 years old.
Lyrics and music by Maria Puare (1863-1933), the Russian actress and singer. Her grandfather was a French soldier who had stayed behind in Russia after the 1812 war.

classic by Pelageya:

country folk by Zhanna Bichevskaya:

rock by Diana Arbenina:


Posted: 1/21/2018 3:46:07 PM

From: Northern NJ, USA

Joined: 2/17/2012

" the end. Our member Martel had noticed it as  an "idealy soft sounding"."  - ILYA

Here's my noob stab at the Theremin part: Я ехала домой.mp3

It sounds like a sine wave with a bit of level overload (clipping) here and there.  I like the ambiance of the recording in the video!

Posted: 1/21/2018 5:37:37 PM

From: Theremin Motherland

Joined: 11/13/2005

bravo dewster!

Posted: 1/22/2018 2:49:08 PM

From: earth

Joined: 5/8/2017

Well, the link has been deleted, but I did find the song, it most likely is not a theremin.

Back in the old days, 2001, I used a Yahama delay unit that did produce perfect vibrato at any reasonable speed, on the album "No Vocals Please" (progressive theremin at times - recorded live with two Korg Synths backing the theremin).  

I believe it was a YAMAHA E1005 Analog Delay Chorus, they have one at eBay ($179) if you get tired of doing it by hand. I used it since my right hand was crippled at the wrist making manual vibrato painful with a very short endurance. 

Nothing like perfect vibrato, except what makes playing the Flight of the Bumblebee on a theremin possible.

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