I've been using my theremin to trigger midi notes, and send those to a vst. I'm mostly interested in using this with kontakt, but other vsts could be useful as well. Anyway, the results are somewhat unsatisfying so far. Basically its the fact that midi output only allows 127 notes, which is hardly enough information for nice vibrato or anything, all I hear is lots of staggering.
I've tried a few different approaches to solve this, for instance, I truncated the decimal values that pitch~ produces and sent those as a pitch bend (with the maximum bend value being the next note) to try and fill in the missing values. It ended up sounding too wonky. I also tried a few portamento patches on a couple different vsts, but while that smooths it out, it makes the triggers somewhat unresponsive.
I know I could just set up another control surface and use that for modulation/portamento, but that kind of takes the fun out of playing a theremin. So does anyone have some ideas on how to send more detailed midi information, or something of that nature?
p.s., the main goal I'm trying to achieve is to be able play the theremin and trigger some wine glass samples I have for kontakt 3.
p.s.s. while this is for the same purpose its very different question. I was wondering if maybe using a phase vocoder, or some other technique to imprint the original theremins signal onto the vst generated signal could help me get the sound I'm after.
any help would be greatly appreciated.