The Origins of Sampling – A Sound that Shaped the 60’s
Hark back to the heyday of classic rock and one instrument stands above the rest, a 350lb behemoth that would forever change the way we think about making music. At the heart of this monster was an array of tape machines, one per note on the attached keyboard, each playing a uniquely recorded sound. With only 8 seconds of tape per key and a cumbersome frame this machine had its limitations but was nonetheless impressive for its time, boasting a multitimbral and truly polyphonic ‘engine’. Instantly made famous by the Beatles hit ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and used by countless others including The Moody Blues, Rolling Stones, and prog rock legends Yes, this was the ‘must-have’ sound of the 60’s. While its use fell out of fashion the implications it made have become fundamental to modern music production.
With Mello we’ve aimed to deliver a complete and authentic recreation of this prolific instrument. Dozens of original tapes were multi-sampled on 3 different machines in order to give you the best representation of each of the 28 available sounds. To capture the live experience the key noise and inner mechanical sounds were stereo recorded, including tape noise and key-off sounds, and are all mixable to taste.
To make Mello even more versatile we’ve added a few tricks of our own, including an analog-modeled tape delay, reverb, a custom unison mode to give you stereo sound without unwanted transposition or chorusing, a switchable multimode filter, a 3-band EQ and more.
Mello delivers a warm and buttery tone indistinguishable from the original and is, in every way we could make it, a perfect tribute to the quintessential studio instrument of the 60’s.
The main problem is that this instrument isn’t exactly free. It requires an iLok and you’ll also need to be logged in to your Facebook account in order to download it. There is a way to get the iLok for free via UVI, however it still requires you to purchase a product from them.
The instrument itself is a wet dream for a Mellotron fan such as me. All 28 available tapes have been sampled in high quality, using 3 different Mellotrons. All 2000 individual audio samples have been packed into a great looking and highly functional interface, giving you full control over the sound.
◆ Pristine and comprehensive sample library from 3 original machines
◆ Mixable key and mechanical noise for authentic experience
◆ Switchable keyboard range (original or extended)
◆ Stereo modes including custom unison
◆ Switchable multimode filter with cutoff and resonance
◆ ADSR envelopes for amplitude and filter with velocity sensitivity
◆ 3-band EQ with sweepable mid frequency
◆ Built-in SparkVerb
◆ Analog-modeled tape delay