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urby
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Jun 9th, 2008 05:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Anyone here into Mellotron? I am. I've been looking around for some software and found a cd-rom sampled by Mike Pinder and sold through Mellotron of Canada ($200). Also, there is G-base made software I saw for about $100 on Ebay.

Anyone here have one of these, or perhaps another brand of software? How about a real Mellotron? If so, you're lucky. I hear the new ones have most of the kinks worked out. Rather expensive, though.

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Jun 9th, 2008 05:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Afaik the Mike Pinder cd-rom is the stuff.

The actual vintage instruments are somewhat temperamento...

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Jun 19th, 2008 09:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Get a Roland XV2020 and drop a vintage keys card in it.

Cheapest way forward.

Mike Pinder was from the Moody Blues, if I recall.

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Jun 22nd, 2008 03:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I strongly recommend Gforce's M-Tron software. I think it can be had for about $99 these days.

There are some nice sound samples on the page linked.

edit: listen to the Genesis approximation at around the 1:45 minute mark - absolutely gorgeous.

M-tron

(This message was last edited by relayer at 03:53 AM, Jun 22nd, 2008)

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Jun 22nd, 2008 03:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yup, $99 at MF:

Gforce Mtron

urby
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Washington State

Apr 9th, 2009 06:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just an update. I bought the G-Force Pro M-tron last week as I want to use it through my Mac. Although I would have like to have purchased the Pender made dvd from Mellotron, I wasn't quite sure it would be functionable with my set-up.

So...I'm going to download it into my computer this weekend and give it a whirl! I'll let you know what happens.

urby
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Washington State

Apr 11th, 2009 06:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Whoa! So far I can get the classic Mellotron sounds I want, plus about 200 more.

The only thing it doesn't do is go flat if you play multiple notes at once, like the original. Maybe it does do that, I haven't got that deep into it, but so far I really like it.

Along with my Hammond XK1 and the grand piano sounds in my Garageband I can get a lot of great classic sounds.

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Apr 13th, 2009 08:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got a Roland M-VS1 Vintage Synth module and it has awesome mellotron, organ, 80's synth, and moog sounds. You can get them for like $100 used.

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Apr 13th, 2009 03:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

M-VS1 are as rare as rocking horse poop.

Same hardware as the JV1010 plus Vintage Synth card (more common).

urby
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Washington State

Apr 13th, 2009 05:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"The only thing it doesn't do is go flat if you play multiple notes at once, like the original. Maybe it does do that.."

I was wrong some of the samples for the MKII Mellotron DO go flat when played, just like the originals. Very cool!

The sounds for the vintage Mellotrons are truly authentic sounding. They even kept tape hiss and other flaws in there, plus hundreds of cleaned up and modern samples as well.

Very, very happy with G-Force Mellotron Plus. Totally "fab".

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May 12th, 2009 10:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Awesome! I'm not working right now, but as soon as get back to it I plan to check out the Pro. I love the "regular" M-tron, but the G-Force stuff is affordable enough to give in to a little redundancy.

I might eventually check out Sampletron as well.

I'd love to hear what you do with the M-tron - I've played around with it, but I'm a bassist, not a keyboardist, so I know I'm not using it to it's potential.

urby
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Washington State

May 15th, 2009 07:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I'd love to hear what you do with the M-tron"

I'm a guitarist first but have played the piano since I was kid. I use the M-tron in my home recording studio. Right now I am experimenting with the different sounds and am learning to play some of my all time fave Mellotron tunes (Moodies-Beatles, etc...) for my own amusement. It is so easy and fun to experiment with this software. Very inspiring. Once I get the hang of it I hope to come up with something cool and original.




relayer
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..muted melodies fill the echoing hall..
May 15th, 2009 11:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Very inspiring."

That's the best part, isn't it? :)

"Once I get the hang of it I hope to come up with something cool and original."

Let me know if and when you do - I never get tired of those sounds.

As an aside - your being a guitarist, and a Mellotron fan, I'd humbly suggest, if you haven't already, that you check out some of Steve Hackett's solo material. Great tasteful playing and tone, and quite liberal use of Mellotron (and Taurus pedals as well).

urby
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May 16th, 2009 12:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For my 15th birthday in November, 1969, I got to see the Moody Blues' Mike Pinder perform on the Mellotron. It was their best days as a band, imho. They just released "On The Threshold of a Dream" which had some great Mellotron music in it. As an impressionable young teenager-I was blown away. That was my introduction to the Mellotron and I have loved that sound ever since.

Kind of funny aside- I went on to play in blues based rock, soul and funk bands for several years. I never did play in a band with a "Tron" type sound. Although I enjoy listening to "Prog' type music I never was drawn much to play that type of music. I guess back then it was because I was trying to make a living playing music that people could dance to. Now that I'm in my mid-fifties and not playing out so much anymore I'm spending my creative time in my home-studio. Now, I can pretty much go in any direction I fancy, and right now I'm exploring deeper those sounds of my youth. A nice situation and hopefully something I'll be healthy enough to do for a long, long time.

Anyway, sorry about getting carried away...

Steve Hackett, didn't he play with Genesis? I have "Selling England by the Pound" on vinyl. I'll have to plug my turntable in and give it a listen. It's been years.

Didn't Tony Banks play keys for them and Hackett guitar?

Jon Brion is another favorite. He plays Mellotron in a lot of session work. There is an album by Fiona Apple, who I really don't care for (pretty boring lyrics) and Brion comes up with some awesome lines throughout. It's worth a listen or two just to hear what he does.

I was watching this documentary on Ernest Shackelton, the South Pole explorer, a few weeks back. The whole soundtrack was done on a Mellotron, or most likely, using M-Tron software, and it was awesome to listen to. It was a BBC production if you want to look into it.

Where in Canada are you, relayer?

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