Moog has been one of the world's biggest proponents of the theremin and has given us several different interpretations of it throughout the years. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the otherworldly instrument, the brand is introducing the Claravox Centennial Theremin, which Moog explains will encompass the technology of the "past, present, and future."
Named in tribute to Clara Rockmore, perhaps the most famous theremin player, the Claravox Centennial Theremin is Moog's most versatile theremin yet. Players can switch back and forth between Traditional and Modern performance modes. In Traditional mode, the theremin utilizes classic heterodyne oscillators true to old school instrument designs and can cover five octaves. Flip the Claravox to Modern mode and you'll be able to choose between multimode DSP oscillators with different waves (saw, sine, triangle, wavetable) and can assign scales, octave ranges, quantization, and more. Here you can go from four to seven octaves.
The Claravox Centennial Theremin features an analog wave-shaping circuit that was originally found in Moog's Etherwave Pro and also includes an on-board analog delay. There is a variety of different connectivity options, including DIN MIDI, USB, and CV inputs and outputs. This means you can use it with your DAW or as a controller for external sound sources. Don't forget the onboard headphone jack and headphone control.
In addition to the internal specs of the instrument, the Clarivox is just a beautiful piece of gear to look at it. The theremin's stunning build features brass antennas and an immaculate walnut hardwood cabinet. This isn't just a celebration of history, it's something that will become a timeless treasure in your own studio.
To show off the Claravox Centennial Theremin, Moog brought together Grégoire Blanc and Orane Donnadieu for a new video. Watch it below!