I recently discovered the Theremin I/O App on the App Store and briefly mentioned it in a recent Traktor News Show! I said in the news show that I was going to try it out and give you guys a little review. Well, good to my word here it is.
What’s a Theremin?
Well a Theremin is an old instrument from the 1800’s, whereby the operator, waves his or her hands in different directions to control the pitch and the volume of this electronic frequency based instrument. There are a number of Theremins on the App store, but this one in particularly scored my attention based on the fact that you can also set it up to send midi to your software.
Theremin App Demo and Set Up
I downloaded the App for $2.99 for the iPhone. It’s super easy to get started and the App has built in instructions to get you making noises right away. After a few moments losing myself in different noises, it was time to figure out how to get this thing to communicate with Traktor.
The ‘Theremin I/O’ website has no set up instructions whatsoever and they are certainly leaving Traktor users completely in the dark with how this functions. Thankfully, there is an Ableton set up video on their youtube page, which gave me a few hints.
It took me about 30 minutes to get this from download to fully functional, but with my video below, it will likely take you about 10 minutes.
Once you have downloaded the App you will need to purchase the $5.99 upgrade, which you can do from within the App itself. This enables you to send midi data via wi-fi to your Traktor Software.
I decided to make a demo video along with set-up instructions on how you too can send midi data to Traktor using this Theremin App.
You need to make sure that both your mobile device and the computer running Traktor are on the same wireless network. Then in the Midi set up preferences of your Mac, you need to create a new session in which you select your mobile device.
The video below is your best option for seeing how this sets up. If you are a PC user, I’m sorry, but I am not able to run any tests or demonstrate set up. Perhaps if you know of a way, you could leave some suggestions for others.