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Frostwave | SpaceBEAM


The Frostwave spaceBEAM is a theremin type instrument, using the reflection of an infra-red beam from the operator's hand. This results in a much more stable and reliable behaviour.

When you place your hand above the Spacebeam it's infra red light is reflected back, generating an audio tone that changes pitch as you move your hand up and down.


Volume - sets the audio output level. 
Wave - adjusts the tone of the note. 
Glide - adds a smoothing to the control, so that changes in pitch are not so rapid. changes the sensitivity of the unit. 

CV and Gate 

The spaceBEAM can be used to control a monosynth with a CV and gate input, such as a Roland SH-101. 

The CV output can also be used to control effect units having a CV input, such as the Frostwave Blue Ringer ring modulator, or the Frostwave Resonator filter unit 

Using as a Theremin

In a traditional theremin, the volume is controlled by the left hand. In the case of the spaceBEAM, you can control the volume by running the audio into a potentiometer type volume control footpedal.

Use with other effects 

The output from the spaceBEAM can be run into any analog or digital effect unit. Fuzz and wah will modify the tone, while delay can produce some remarkable ambient effects, especially with reverb added. Experiment! 
Engine TypeAnalog
Voices (max)1
Engine Detailed1 VCO, Sine, Square, Triangle
ControllersD-Beam like
Key typeN/A
AudioMono out
CV-gateCV OUT, Gate Out
Produced:2001 - 2001
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

Manuals, patches etc.


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