Certain situations call for certain combinations of gear. We here at zZounds know that, and we want to share some of our favorite pairings with you. In this edition, we’re taking an unconventional route and plugging the Moog Theremini into the KHDK Scuzz Box for some unexpectedly heavy theremin action.
At first glance, the theremin is a pretty difficult instrument to learn, let alone incorporate into your music. Thankfully, Moog has improved the learning curve with the Theremini with a built-in screen that displays every note within a selected scale, as well as a full range of assistive pitch quantization (smart pitch correction). We’ll be the first to admit that we’re no masters of the theremin, but within a short time we were cranking out Nine Inch Nails-esque sawtooth synth stylings with 32 wavetable-based presets.
While the Theremini has a range of built-in effects, we wanted to take things a step further and experiment with a new pedal that’s been floating around zZounds HQ: the KHDK Scuzz Box. The raucous, velcro-like gated fuzz engaged by the pedal’s “scuzz” mode sounds like it was made for the Theremini, resulting in a slightly glitchy tone that’s at times reminiscent of a swarm of bees. After we’d had our fun with the theremin, we had to throw a guitar in the mix and the Scuzz Box delivered all the massive, germanium fuzz we could ask for.
Whether you’re looking to spice up your synth game, or you’re a guitarist seeking an auxiliary instrument to pepper in some spooky leads while still holding down a rhythm, (try setting the Theremini to a certain key, then play it with the headstock of your guitar) this pairing of theremin and fuzz can have a potent effect on your music without breaking the bank.