How would one use a tone generator effectively?
Like, what would you use them for? How in a musical situation?
Well, the small one I made with just one joystick was good for making noises... maybe ambient kind of stuff. Without an easy to use volume control, its not good for a lot of things... thats why I'm going to shoot for a optical resistor for a volume control, or the very least put a volume pedal between it and the amp.
I can assume it can be used almost like a theremin... you can probably make some kind of notes but you have to be damn good.
The one I am making has a membrane pot on it, so it may be similar to the tannerin like in "Good Vibrations" by the Beach boys. Or it may just end up being used like the theremin Jimmy Page uses in Whole Lotta Love, noises.
I'm probably not the most qualified to answer what they are used for because mine isnt totally done yet
now that I think about it, I could write down some values on it to set to produce a set tone, like an A to tune a guitar or something. I have no idea.