The Moog Claravox Centennial isn't any old regular instrument that's for sure. A theremin is an already intriguing musical prospect; for those of you who may not be familiar with them, it's an instrument that's played without being touched - you move your hands in the area near the antennas to control both volume and pitch. But with this particular limited-edition theremin, things have got even better.
Moog are regarded as *the* leading theremin manufacturer in the world. They've distilled this musical pedigree into the Claravox Centennial; it's named after Clara Rockmore, who was one of the most talented theremin musicians ever. Its release coincides with the 100 year anniversary of Leon Theremin's first ever showcase of the instrument.
This is an elite performance theremin which manages to combine the storied history of the brand's classic circuitry, with up-to-date modern day tech. If you're serious about the instrument, then you're in the right place.
This melding of old meets new is never more apparent than in the way the theremin operates. You'll be able to harness traditional (and entirely analog) functionality, augmented by cutting-edge, current day performance. Your creative options will be further enhanced by the presence of preset storage, integrated analog delay, and a whole lot more!
Regarding presets, these can be stored and then recalled back - allowing you to easily return to your preferred settings and sounds. This is improved further by the Claravox Centennial software (which is free) that can hold your complete library of presets.
Two performance modes - modern and traditional - can be switched between at a moments notice. These harness either multimode DSP oscillators, from wavetable and saw to triangle and sign (with octave ranges, response curves, assignable scales and quantisation), and old-school heterodyne oscillators respectively.
Your overall sound is rich and constantly evolving due to the analog wave-shaping circuit that takes its engineering cues from the iconic Etherwave Pro. From this sturdy sonic basis, an in-built analog BBD delay provides additional warmth and intriguing echoes.
The theremin can even be integrated with your favourite DAW thanks to the CV, USB, MIDI and DIN outputs and inputs. You can also use these connectivity options to control any external sound sources you might also want to use as part of your setup.
Dial in Your Sound
Tweak and alter various parameters to dial in your preferred sound. In Modern Mode, use the response knobs to produce custom antenna curves (which can be recalled again quickly); make simple access for precise tuning alterations via the side-entry calibration ports; change your sound to meet the acoustic characteristics of any new space using the volume and pitch controls; the sonic opportunities available to you are extensive, that's for sure.
The Claravox Centennial has been crafted using the finest materials, leading to a premium sound and playing experience to match. From the stunning fine-grain hardwood walnut housing, to the brass antennas and control panels encased in cloth, this theremin is instrumental engineering excellence from top to bottom.
- Power Source: DC Power Supply
- Materials Used: Walnut Wooden Cabinet, Brass Antenna, Cloth-Encased Control Panelling
- Mounting Styles: Regular Low-Profile Mic Stand, Optional Moog Theremin Stand
- MIDI: Out, In, USB
- CV I/O: 2 x 1/4” CV Inputs, 2 x 1/4” CV outputs
- Audio Outputs: 1 x 1/4" (Tuner Out), 1 x 1/4" (Headphones), 1 x 1/4" (Main Out)
- Preset Storage: Yes
- Effects: Analog BBD Delay
- Sound Sources: Analog Heterodyning Oscillator (Traditional Mode), Dual DCO/Wavetable Generator (Modern Mode) fed through Analog Waveshaping Circuit
- Pitch Range: 5 octaves (Traditional Mode), 4-7 octaves (Modern Mode)
- Controls: Theremin Controllers: Pitch and Volume, Waveshaper: Brightness, Wave, Filter, Switches for Mode and Mute, Analog Delay: Delay Amount, Delay Feedback, and Delay Time, Timbre: Timbre Select, Timbre Store. MODERN Mode only: Octave Range, Quantize Amount, Root/Scale Select, Pitch and Volume Response Curve