Manhattan Research Raymond Scott Clavivox

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    Description
    The Clavivox is a vacuum tube oscillator instrument controlled by a three octave keyboard with a sub assembly circuit designed by a Bob Moog. The instrument was designed to simulate the continuous gliding tone of the Theremin but be playable with a keyboard.

    The machine was fitted with three key controls on the left of the keyboard that controlled the attack of the note or cut off the note completely. The keys could be played with the left hand to control the envelope characteristics of the sound. Other controls on the Clavivox’s front panel were for fine and coarse tuning as well as vibrato speed and depth.
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    Architecture
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Subtractive
    Oscillators
    Oscillators: 1
    Waveforms: Square
    Osc Modulation: Fader, Knob
    Oscillator Notes:
    Vacuum Tube Oscillator
    Envelopes
    Envelopes: 1
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Sustain
    LFO
    LFO: 1
    LFO Parameters: Sine
    LFO Notes::
    Vibrato effect
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 1
    Timbrality: 1
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 1
    Case
    Case: Keyboard
    Case Details: wood case
    Keyboard: 37 keys
    Controls: Buttons, Faders, Knobs, Switches
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack
    Audio Output Count: 1
    Audio Output Notes: 1
    Pricing
    Production
    Released: 1956
    Design Notes:

    Scott used the Clavivox in his commerical scores for sound effects, string, and, vocal sounds. The instrument had very similar tones and effects as the Theremin. The Clavivox was intended for mass production but the complexity and fragility of the instrument made the venture impractical.
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