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Moog built a super-fancy theremin to celebrate the instrument’s 100th birthday

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Even if you don’t know what a theremin is, you’ve almost certainly heard it. The futuristic instrument — played by carefully gesturing with your hands in the air — has been a staple of old sci-fi movies and used to add an air of mystery in popular music.  This year the instrument is celebrating its 100th anniversary, so synthesizer giant Moog is honoring it by making, well, a very fancy theremin.

It’s called the Claravox Centennial, after Clara Rockmore, one of history’s best theremin players  — and one who helped showed the instrument could be used for more than creepy music. You can watch her perform here:

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For those not familiar, the theremin is essentially a musical proximity sensor in which one antenna controls pitch and the other controls volume. The instrument creates an electrical field that is altered depending on how close your hands are to the instrument. This allows for an expressive range of sounds, despite the instrument’s fundamental tone resembling a simple sine wave. As one of the first electronic instruments, it’s the precursor to so many sounds present in modern music.

The Claravox Centennial pays homage to theremin’s history with a retrofuturistic design that includes brass antennae, panels draped in cloth, and a walnut cabinet. There’s also a custom stand that matches the aesthetic.

The new theremin allows players to switch between traditional circuit and DSP modes that allow for sine, triangle, saw, and wavetable oscillators, as well as a variety of scales, quantization, and assignable octave ranges. There’s analog wave-shaping and BBD (bucked brigade device) delay as well. Other features include DIN MIDI, USB, and CV inputs and outputs, buttons to assign and storage presets, and pitch quantization to help get new players acquainted. It also has dedicated software for further customizing the sound. 

For an idea of how the Claravox Centennial itself sounds, here’s a beautiful performance of Claire de Lune by Grégoire Blanc and Orane Donnadieu showing off the new instrument in action:

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Or if you’d prefer something less classical and a whole lot more trippy:

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The original Moog synthesizer can trace its creation back to the theremin, so it holds a special place in the company’s lineup. The Claravox Centennial will retail for $1,499, which isn’t cheap, but hardly exorbitant for a professional instrument. Theremin players can pre-order the instrument today, and units will begin shipping in December.

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Published October 22, 2020 — 22:35 UTC

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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