Doepfer A-178 [USED]
USED (Customer return)
Tested. Fully functional. Excellent condition - See Photos
Theremin module for generating a variable control voltage by approaching/removing hand to/from an antenna. The distance range is about 30-40 cm. Additionally the module is equipped with a Gate output with adjustable threshold level. Controls/Inputs/Outputs: antenna input, offset (knob for zero adjust), 2 x CV out, 2 x LED (for CV control positive/negative and zero offset adjust)
To simulate the original Theremin two A-178, a VCO (e.g. A-110) and a linear VCA (e.g. A-130 or A-132) are required. But of course the A-178 can be used to control other functions in the A-100 (e.g. filter frequency, modulation depth and/or speed, tempo, attack/decay time and so on).
The CV output voltage of the A-178 can range - according to the setting of the front panel controls - from -10V...+10V. The gate output switches from 0V to about +10V.
For more detailed information please look at the English user's manual A178_man.pdf
- controlling any voltage controlled parameter of the A-100, e.g. pitch or pulswidth (VCO A-110), loudness (VCA A-130/131/132), panorama (A-134), filter frequency or resonance (A-120/121/122/123), phasing (A-125), frequency shift (A-126), resonance peaks (A-127), envelope parameters (A-141/142), tempo (A-147)
- triggering of A-100 activities via gate with adjustable threshold, e.g. starting an envelope (A-140/141/142), Start/Stop of a sequence (A-155), any switching function (A-150/151)
- Conversion into MIDI control change messages is possible with the A-192.
Remark: If two or more A-178 are used the distance between the modules/antennas should be at least 40-50 cm. Otherwise the antennas may affect each other.
It's not possible to connect the antenna via an additional cable to the antenna socket or to replace the antenna by another element. Antenna and hand form a variable capacitor with a very small capacity in the pico Farad range. The electronics of the module is puzzled out just for this capacity range. If a cable is added or the antenna is replaced by another element the capacity range changes totally and the module will no longer work ! But it's possible to mount the complete module with antenna at the desired position, e.g. into a small case that holds one or two of the modules. It's also possible to use a longer bus cable to connect the module to the A-100 bus. If you are not able to manufacture such a cable yourself we may offer a suitable cable upon request. Please tell us the desired length for a quotation of such a cable.