This page has the following sections:
1. Moog Theremini Extra Waveforms
2. Listen to 12 Extra Waveforms
3. "Space Scapes" Theremini Library
file of 32 Presets
4. Theremini Editor Using "Virtual
MIDI Sliders" Software
5. Beginner Theremini Youtube Video
I learned from Dani (xtheremin8) on the Theremin World Forum
that there are extra waveforms on the Theremini that can be accessed
by using Midi CC#90. I used Midi-Ox to check all of the 127 values
for the CC#90 used for waveform selection. I found these values
gave working waveforms:
1-9, 13-18, 21,26, 27, 43, 51, 60, 73, 74, 86-89, 93-97, 101,
103, 108, 109, 112 & 124-127.
In order to determine duplicates, I used the software Audacity
to record the waveforms for the above values, with the wave table
scan rate, scan amount and scan position controls all set to 0.
The waveforms are as shown below. The numbers in parenthesis are
the CC#90 values.
1. Sine (0):
2. Triangle (1):
3. Super Saw (2):
4. Animoog 1 (3):
5. Bright (4):
6. Hollow (5):
7. Etherwave (6):
The following are by CC#90 values in parenthesis:
(88) too weak:
Comparing the waveforms above and using my ear, besides the
Theremini's standard seven waveforms, there are 12 unique other
Waveforms. Those 12 waveforms are listed below as values for the
7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 17, 18, 86, 87, 89, 93 & 101
2. Listen to 12 Extra Waveforms:
I made a new library "ThereminRCA14Waves.theremini"
that has Thomas Grillo's original RCA Theremin preset, followed
by the waveform "Etherwave" used instead of "Animoog
1", followed by the extra 12 waveforms that are named by
the values of the CC#90 command. If you switch between the 14
presets, you can hear the effect of changing the waveforms only
for his preset. You can download the "ThereminRCA14Waves.theremini"
library by right clicking HERE
and saving the file.
3. "Space Scapes" Theremini
Library file of 32 Presets:
I use the Theremini mostly for creating soundtracks for my
Astro Imaging Youtube videos along with other synthesizers. An
example can be seen and heard (best in HD) HERE.
I created a "Space Scapes" Theremini Library file
of 32 presets using only the extra 12 wavetable waveforms hidden
inside the Theremini and you can download it by right clicking
HERE and saving the file.
Your Theremini will need the Theremini
Firmware Update Version 1.1.0 or later version installed to
access the extra waveforms. The waveform names for all of the
presets will appear blank in the Theremini Software Editor and
on the iPad an incorrrect name will appear. If you have trouble
downloading the file on an iPad, if you have the DropBox app installed,
you can download the file by clicking HERE.
I made a soundtrack using the Space Scapes library file with the
scale set to Mixolydian and you can hear it HERE:
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4. Theremini Editor Using "Virtual
I put together a Theremini editor using only Midi Continuous
Controller numbers (CC#) using the free windows software "Virtual
Midi Sliders". That software will allow you to access the
other extra waveforms in the Theremini. It is an old program (2005)
created by Wouter van Beek, but works very well on my newer 64-bit
Windows 7 notebook. You can download the software here:
You will also need to download my VMS file, named "ThereminiCCSlider.vms"
by right clicking HERE and
saving the file.
When you run the Virtual Midi Sliders software, you will need
to open that VMS file. Before you can use the software there is
one change that you need to make in the settings of your Theremini.
In SETUP, go to MIDI CV SETUP and change the CC# of 20 to 19 for
the PITCH value of MIDI CC OUT. That is because Moog also uses
CC# 20 for changing the waveform "Scan Amount" of the
In the menu, select MIDI/Set Up MIDI Devices and select "Moog
Theremini" for the input and output MIDI devices.
Here are some notes to get you started:
Dragging any of the sliders will change the settings for that
parameter for the Theremini. Try the Volume Slider first. Please
note that for the Theremini, there are two pages of controller
sliders as shown above. For operations of the program that require
you to select any slider(s), you need to right click the number
at the top of the slider to select that slider and the number
will turn blue. For some sliders, I set up minimum and maximum
values, shown as blue lines in the slider, but the slider will
still operate all the way to the maximum value of 127, so be careful.
Once you make adjustments you can write the preset to the Theremini,
by changing the value of the last slider "Save Preset"
and save the Slider Settings under FILE in the menu. You can also
use the snapshot feature to save the values of all sliders and
buttons. The program allows 4 banks with room for 10 controller
snapshots each to be saved and loaded. Note that I disabled the
sliders used for Low Note and High Note, because they were giving
Please note that this is not software that is authorized by
Moog in any way and use at your own risk.
A listing of the Continuous Controller Numbers (CC#) and their
Theremini functions and values are shown below:
A black and white version of the above graphic for printing
can be downloaded by right clicking HERE
and saving the JPG file.
5. Beginner Theremini Youtube Video:
I put together a YouTube video that covers the Theremini Firmware
Update version 1.1 that Moog released in December 2014. The video
also includes a demo of Moog's Advanced Software Editor for the
Theremini. It may be useful for others starting out like me with
the Theremini being their first Theremin or for others considering
purchase of a Theremini. A direct link to the YouTube video is