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Product Update: MouSing for Windows Version 3.0

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A new update is available for MouSing, for Windows. Version 3.0 is the first version with native 64-bit support. A 32-bit version is still available. Minor documentation changes are also provided, with no major new features.

For all existing MouSing for Windows customers, your registration codes continue to work with the new version.

Product Update: MouSing for Android release 9

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  • Update SDK, required for Google Play Store
  • Handle case of webview not available
  • Handle audiotrack error
  • Fix recyclerview stack overflow

Add New Instrument Voices to MouSing

Recently we described how to add new instrument voices to WinChime, beyond those pre-defined in the drop-down list.

TL;DNR version: Enter the MIDI instrument number (minus 1) in the edit box portion of the drop-down list.

You can do the same trick in MouSing, on the MIDI tab main window.

We actually forgot this trick,  but the capability was recently rediscovered by a tester. (The help file will be updated in the next program update to include a MIDI instrument table as a reference.)

MouSing MIDI depends on pitch bending, which varies in quality of implementation by audio device. In particular, MouSing-MIDI works best with large pitch bend ranges, beyond the plus-or-minus two semitones in the General MIDI specification. With large pitch ranges, MouSing doesn’t need to start a different note because that produces a note attack sound– not very theremin-like. If you hear a break in the sound when using MouSing-MIDI, that’s what is happening: you hit a note boundary and have started another note with its associated attack.

Useful theremin-like MIDI instrument voices have indefinitely long sustain and little or no attack. We pre-defined six instruments in the drop-down list: Ocarina, Synth(sawtooth),. Synth(square), Flute, Whistle, and Choir Aahs. We left out a few that might be useful, so refer to the table in this article and experiment.

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Installing MouSing on Ubuntu Linux

  1. Install Wine and MouSing using the procedure described in Installing RecAll-PRO and RecAll on Ubuntu Linux.
  2. If using the MIDI option in MouSing, install the Timidity MIDI daemon as described in Installing WinChime on Ubuntu Linux.
  3. If using MIDI, go into menu Options-> Preferences->MIDI and change the MIDI Output Device to an existing device.
    MouSing: Changing MIDI device on Ubuntu
  4. Adjust the volume and pitch settings on the main window.
  5. Play!

MouSing window on Ubuntu!

Related Posts:

Theremin Heroes

Here are two different implementations of “Theremin Hero”, after the popular Guitar Hero video game. has some info, but for details on implementation, check out the comments in the YouTube video. [hat tip Hackaday]

Next, Cornell University’s ECE 4760 course publishes student final projects on the web– consistently a rich source for ideas. D.L. and S.J. present a Theremin Hero project, including source code.



WIFI Theremin

Midnight Research Labs describes a nifty theremin hack implemented by detecting signal strength of a WIFI signal. Python source is available to examine.

link [kudos HackADay]

Bonus Hack: Zevv implements an ultrasonic theremin, emitting ultrasonic chirps from laptop speakers,  detecting reflection to the microphone, and driving a tone generator.

Flashback: Theremin Patent

On this date 84 years ago the original theremin patent was filed in Germany.

The USA version of the patent was filed December 5, 1925, almost a year later. Read the English language HTML version here.

Related posts: Original Theremin Patent Filed, Theremin Patents

Wii Theremin

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Ken Moore marries a Wiimote with computer and synthesizer to a theremin.

link [via GeekDad]

Theremin Link Gumbo

  • November 11, 2008
  • MouSing

Walkie-talkie theremin

Trackpad senses hovering fingers– good for MouSing

Gameboy theremin

Dismembered baby head theremin

MIDI from theremin

What Thereminists Believe

  • September 18, 2008
  • MouSing

Not taking sides here, but this caught our attention:

Button available for purchase.

[via boingboing]