Anyone have any experience using a Theramin and Max?


    Aug 16 2006 | 11:02 pm
    I would like to use a Theramin as the source of a control
    signal to control things in Max. I was wondering if anyone
    out there has tried this. What else would I need to convert
    the signal in to something Max can use? Can anyone recommend
    something for signal conversion? Any recommendations
    on Theramins would be welcome too.
    Anthony

    • Aug 16 2006 | 11:24 pm
      A MIDI Theremin would be the best place to start. You can then do whatever you want with the incoming data - see the Max tutorial "Using MIDI Data" on how to get started.
    • Aug 16 2006 | 11:50 pm
      I've used a big briar (http://www.bigbriar.com/detail.php?main_product_id=14) theremin for years. You can save yourself a little money by building the kit. Its not difficult and a lot of fun to build your own instrument.
      A MIDI Theremin would be easier to use as a controller but you can use pitch tracking with an object like fiddle~ and a normal theremin. (Do a search on pitch tracking and max/msp and you will find many resources.)
      Stefan
    • Aug 17 2006 | 12:10 am
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      Stefan Smulovitz wrote:
      > I've used a big briar (http://www.bigbriar.com/detail.php?main_product_id=14) theremin for years. You can save yourself a little money by building the kit. Its not difficult and a lot of fun to build your own instrument.
      >
      > A MIDI Theremin would be easier to use as a controller but you can use pitch tracking with an object like fiddle~ and a normal theremin. (Do a search on pitch tracking and max/msp and you will find many resources.)
      >
      > Stefan
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      > -----------------------------------------
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      >
      >
    • Aug 17 2006 | 1:07 am
      > I would like to use a Theramin as the source of a control
      > signal to control things in Max. I was wondering if anyone
      > out there has tried this. What else would I need to convert
      > the signal in to something Max can use? Can anyone recommend
      > something for signal conversion? Any recommendations
      > on Theramins would be welcome too.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Anthony
      >
      Fiddle~ to get the pitch antenna and rms detection for the volume antenna
      does work... But you can't of course get the pitch if you are touching the
      volume antenna as there is no sound to analyse...
    • Aug 17 2006 | 4:09 pm
      Thanks for the links you guys. I don't think the
      MIDI Theramin would give me the resolution I am
      looking for. I need something that will give me finer
      control. pitch~/fiddle~ would probably work well.
      Although ideally I would prefer a raw conversion of
      the control signal and no mapping to a predefined pitch
      tuning, that way I can map it to anything I want.
      Thanks,
      Anthony
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Todor Todoroff
      Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 8:08 pm
      Subject: Re: [maxmsp] Anyone have any experience using a Theramin and
      Max?
      > > I would like to use a Theramin as the source of a control
      > > signal to control things in Max. I was wondering if anyone
      > > out there has tried this. What else would I need to convert
      > > the signal in to something Max can use? Can anyone recommend
      > > something for signal conversion? Any recommendations
      > > on Theramins would be welcome too.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Anthony
      > >
      > Fiddle~ to get the pitch antenna and rms detection for the volume
      > antennadoes work... But you can't of course get the pitch if you
      > are touching the
      > volume antenna as there is no sound to analyse...
      >
      >
    • Aug 17 2006 | 8:02 pm
      The DOEPFER theremin module A-178 (http://www.doepfer.de/a178.htm) produces
      a variable control voltage that may be used with their own Voltage-to-MIDI
      interface (http://www.doepfer.de/a192.htm), but i think it should work also
      with a different sensor interface like the Teabox for a higher resolution
      (if i'm not wrong, the A-178 gives you control voltages in the range
      0...+5V)
      Marco
      On 8/17/06, apalomba@austin.rr.com wrote:
      >
      > Thanks for the links you guys. I don't think the
      > MIDI Theramin would give me the resolution I am
      > looking for. I need something that will give me finer
      > control. pitch~/fiddle~ would probably work well.
      > Although ideally I would prefer a raw conversion of
      > the control signal and no mapping to a predefined pitch
      > tuning, that way I can map it to anything I want.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Thanks,
      > Anthony
      >
      >