The Mellotron Demo

May 19th, 2010 by Erik

Found this video a few years ago and keep going back to watch it, so I thought I would share it with you guys. For those of you that don’t know, the Mellotron could be considered one of the world’s first samplers, aside from the Chamberlin. In a nutshell, each key triggers a strip of tape with prerecorded material, when you press the key, the strip of tape plays. When you let go, it stops playing and cues back to it’s starting position. It’s a rather chaotic instrument and quite a hassle to maintain one…but the sound is so, so sweet. We’ve all heard them, from the opening notes on Strawberry Fields to the Moody Blues, from King Crimson to Pink Floyd. Only if I had an extra $6,000+ to buy one. There are tons of modern emulators out there, but you can’t quite beat the real deal. Enjoy the demo.

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