at times still sounds more pleasing to my ears then contemporary libraries such as GOS...im not dissing GOS...its a completely different sound...but why is it that the mellotron sounds...with all their roughness sounds at times more realistic (in a backdrop setting) and pleasant to the ear? hmm...maybe Gary could make a library with the mellotron\'s rough brilliant sound, combined with the articulations that are now available in GOS...food for thought
I had a slight problem using the S-Converter - for some reason all of the samples were brought in an octave too high. I had to go into the editor and change each region, which was a pain in the butt, but it was worth it.
I feel somewhat qualified to answer this goofy question since I used to own a Mellotron and I also use GOS, Vitous and Hunter.
1st of all the Mellotron sounds horrible dry. It does not even begin to sound like Violins until you run it through a huge plate reverb as the Moody Blues, King Crimson, Strawbs, Genesis etc. all did. (exception to this rule: Beatles Mellotron Flutes in Strawberry Fields was fairly dry)
2nd thing is that the Violins (and Flutes) were recorded with a HUGE amount of Vibrato.
Now, because it is a tape based mechanism it induced a huge amount of WOW and FLUTTER into the Sound. Are you beginning to get the picture?
And because the instrument was incredibly NOISY you would have to put it back in the mix and cut off the high end to sweeten it up.
Also the Violins and Choirs were recorded with a certain envelope shape which of course was impossible to change. The Mellotron player would usually use a FOOT PEDAL to control the Swell!
And last but not least there were NO LOOPS in the Tape Samples so the player would actually have to continually Re-Voice their Chord positions creating a flowing sound in the Arrangement, while waiting for the tapes to rewind back to the start position.
Add to all this the fact that the music of this period is far more interesting than anything out there today then you have the whole picture.
At best, to my ears the Mellotron sounds like the syrupy Violins from an ancient Sci-Fi Movie.
If you want GOS to sound like a Mellotron you would take the ALL Violins Patch and play it at 8 bits. run it through a cheap Guitar AMP and mike it. Run it through an analog Tape Simulator, PLate Reverb,Compressor, Hook up a Volume Pedal and Smoke something weird whilst performing. Don\'t forget to grow your hair long- very important. There you have it.
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Go listen to the demos. Don\'t bother with the hype. I did buy a couple fo their B3 GIGs for $15 each. Quite nice.
[This message has been edited by Mark_Knecht (edited 02-07-2002).]