Simulate the classic theremin sound on your PC
Of course, an emulator can never come close to the real sound of the theremin, but there are some interesting programs to experiment with here. Probably the best emulator available in terms of configurability at the moment is 'Mousing', an emulator that also outputs over MIDI, and allows you perform both staggered glissando and portamento effects.
The most fun emulator is the downloadable BBC desktop theremin, a flash-powered program that allows you to add beats and instrumental loops, and has an animated Professor Theremin who moves with the music.
There's also an excellent online theremin simulator from SPNM at http://www.spnm.org.uk/resources/playground/CLARA.swf
This simulator allows the user to record and playback their attempts - its trickier than it seems though!
A downloadable desktop thereminFree 30 day trial of 'Mousing' from Sagebrush. This program
has the advantage of being highly configurable. You can output your
mouse movements via your soundcard's wave output for that traditional
theremin sound, or you can 'play' over MIDI, making this program a fun
A nice sounding theremin simulator with a good graphic display
Instructions: Press 'Start' to activate.
Press 'Left Mouse Button' over grid to play note.
On the Grid, Pitch is Horizontal, Volume is Vertical.
Updated to V1.5
Help button displays a dialog showing the key assignments.
Added Vibrato (pitch) as well as Tremolo (volume) modulations....
Theremin mimicry using a webcam
The Virtual Theremin aims to mimic the Theremin
using just a computer and a cheap web camera. It tracks the hands of a
performer around a picture of a
Theremin superimposed on the video stream.
The positions of the hands
are then converted to sound that mimics the response of the...
Flash Theremin Emulator from the BBCThis seriously groovy theremin emulator from the BBC is fun for all ages. Add beats and zany effects, whilst Professor Theremin plays along.