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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!

Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Oscillator(s)
Oscillators: 1
Waveforms: Sine, Square, Triangle
Osc Modulation: Knob, Glide / Portamento
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Case: Pedal
Controls: Knobs, Modulation 1/4" Jacks, Optical, Switches
Display Type: LED
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
CV Ports: CV OUT, Gate Out
Power: 16V DC
Year Released: 2001
MSRP List Price: $165 - convert
Used Price: $250 - $450 - convert
References & Sources

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