Behringer is working on the Behremin, a clone/replica of the legendary Moog Theremin in full analog and for just $99 USD.
End of October, Moog presented the Claravox Centenniel, a next-generation Theremin pumped full of analog and digital technologies. A powerful hybrid Theremin at a price of 1600€. Not affordable especially for musicians who would like to try a Theremin. But it’s more innovative and beautiful than any clone. Behringer is now responsible for the latter.
Uli and his team are currently working on the Behremin, an analog clone of the legendary Moog Theremin. The name is not a joke. A Theremin from Behringer for $99 USD. In Germany, people would name it “Volks-Theremin”, a Theremin for everybody. My German-speaking readers know exactly what I’m talking about.
So Behringer wants to build a $99. Warning there are plans, not an official product yet. However, they wouldn’t be the first to do it. The Widara Distant Voices Theremin also only costs $99, but has fewer features. The Behremin offers two antennas. The vertical one controls the sound and the horizontal the volume. It features a multi-wave oscillator (sawtooth, rectangle), filter, as well as a quantizer that corrects the scale play and accuracy of the control movement.
To round of the sound, you have an onboard delay with dry/wet control, feedback, and time control. On the right side, you have volume control and a headphone input. On the backside, we can see pitch CV, volume CV, and audio out. Interesting, only a MIDI Thru, not a complete MIDI interface.
According to Behringer, they are currently working on this project. I don’t know what to think of it. People love classic analog synthesizers, but are there so many musicians out there who absolutely want a Theremin replica? I think everyone who wants to make serious music with a Theremin will buy the original from Moog Music. Also to contribute something to the story of Leon Theremin’s legendary instrument.
For $99 it would be worth a try, but the risk is high that you play it briefly and then collect dust on the shelf. Okay, it could create some cringy, spooky sounds but unless you put in some serious time it’s going to sound strange and not usable in most cases. I, personally don’t need it and I guess most of them don’t either.
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