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Moog Music introduced the Etherwave Pro, a fully professional theremin, at this year's Winter NAMM show. Its features and portability make it ideal for both stage and studio use. It is the latest development in Moog Music's fifty-year history of building theremins. Bob Moog calls it his best sounding theremin ever. "The Etherwave Pro will set a new standard for design and workmanship for electronic instruments."
The Etherwave Pro covers the entire musical pitch range, up to four octaves above middle C, in three panel-selectable pitch registers. In addition to its range, the Etherwave Pro is a visually stunning instrument, in a unique blend of futuristic and retro styling with striking vertical lines, nickel plated knobs, and a birds-eye maple front panel.
A multi-position timbre selector offers a variety of musically rich waveforms, including the authentic traditional theremin tone. In addition, waveform, brightness, and filter panel controls enable musicians to balance the timbre to suit their musical requirements.
The Etherwave Pro's antennas conform to the traditional theremin standard. The pitch antenna is a straight vertical rod, while the volume antenna is a horizontal loop. Both right-handed and left-handed configurations will be available.
Responses of the Etherwave Pro's pitch and volume antennas to the musician's hand motions are carefully tailored for smoothness and uniformity. Player-accessible response adjustments are provided on the front panel.
The Etherwave Pro's control voltage output allows it to interface with the Minimoog Voyager or effects modules such as Moogerfoogers.
The Etherwave Pro will sell for around $1000 and is expected to ship by the end of the first quarter 2004.