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fendrguitplayr

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Jul 2nd, 2010 06:45 AM        

Anyone using one - or - the G-Force M-Tron (or similiar) software?<br /> <br /> How accurate/convincing are the software sounds?<br />



urby

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Jul 2nd, 2010 09:48 PM        

About a year ago I purchased the G-Force M-Tron Pro. I use it through my iMac into a Hammond XK-2. The sounds are authentic and awesome. For the price (around $100?) you will be VERY pleasantly surprised.



Paul Boudreau

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Jul 22nd, 2010 10:17 AM        

So you need a computer + the software + a keyboard or can you "play" the software on a computer? Again, coming from complete keyboard ignorance here, thanks.



urby

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Jul 25th, 2010 11:01 AM        

The M-Tron does give you an on-screen keyboard, which is great for exploring and making up sounds. You can only play one note at a time, though, using your mouse and after a while you will want to get a keyboard to actually "play" the software. <br /> <br /> I just plug my Hammond into a Firewire interface and into my Mac and am able to use an array of keyboard sounds from GarageBand, the Hammond sounds and then the M-Tron sounds. I am not a computer guy but with a little reading I found this rather easy to do.<br /> <br /> You don't have to spend a ton on a keyboard. An inexpensive one will do. I just had the Hammond sitting in my studio way before I got into this.



rockstar_not



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Aug 30th, 2010 12:58 PM        

There's a freeware from Tweakbench that does a decent job at Mellotron. www.tweakbench.com<br /> <br /> The vsti is called 'Tapeworm' and will probably get you by if you just get a cheapo Casio keyboard with a USB Midi setup to control it.<br /> <br /> I'm putting in a link to a children's song that I did with the Tapeworm for the mellotron flutes. I put some reverb on them to get a little depth.



fendrguitplayr

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Feb 9th, 2011 07:50 AM        

Yahoo has a user's group now.



brianrost



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Feb 10th, 2011 06:15 PM        

Digital recreations of the Mellotron sound great as long as they use samples from real Mellotrons. <br /> <br /> I have some samples loaded in my Yamaha Motif, each of the 35 keys was sampled so you get all the inconsistencies and the notes die out after 7 seconds as they should. I bought them off the netz from a guy in CA for a mere $25. <br /> <br /> The M-Tron is considered to be the best of the plugin versions. You can buy the original M-Tron for $80, there's now an M-Tron Pro with even more sounds and features for about $200.



stevesmith

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Feb 28th, 2011 08:25 PM        

Roland have some decent samples on their XV and JV synth series expansion cards.



Paul Boudreau

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Mar 1st, 2011 12:34 PM        

Last night I finally got around to watching the Chamberlin/Mellotron documentary on DVD, then bought both of the iPhone apps: Ellatron and Manetron. The latter is actual samples of an M400S Mellotron while the former is more of an "inspired by" sort of thing. Both are great fun so far ($2.99 each). I'm thinking that they would be more useful on an iPad, maybe.<br /> <br />



fendrguitplayr

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Mar 1st, 2011 07:43 PM        

Thanks Paul. I just ordered the DVD from Amazon.



brianrost



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Apr 13th, 2011 02:43 PM        

Late reply...I also bought a copy of Mellodrama and it's a total hoot. The most amazing thing is that the guys behind these instruments really thought it was going to compete with home organs. What were they smoking?



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