Mellotronics M3000 HD Clare Lindley Violin Collection Brings New Sounds To The Virtual Mellotron

This video, via Pi Synth, previews the Clare Lindley Violin Collection – a new sound library for the Mellotronics M3000 HD Mellotron app for the iPad.

Here’s what they have to say about the sound library:

Clare Lindley, ferocious and fabulous fiddler with Stackridge, showcases her mellower classical side in this glorious, rich and nuanced collection of voices for the M3000. Recorded and engineered in Bath at the studio of her bandmate Glenn Tommey, the Clare Lindley Violin Collection is a unique collection of string sounds, and is the first time a large set of 35 semitone mellotron tapes has been created around a single artist’s performances.

By recording everything in a single, marathon session, we have maintained excellent tonal consistency of sound between the 7 unique voices, which are also provided pre-mixed as 3 ‘ensemble’ voices to provide 10 voices in total.

As is traditional, the test tune is LJ Rich’s wonderful ’30 Shades of Tron’, the official M3000 HD theme tune. Movement between AB and C is happening during ‘Oscillotron’ mode (when the touch rotary control is off-screen) by manipulating the the Mod wheel on the attached MIDI keyboard. ABC tron is moving betwen Pizzicato, Spiccato and the ‘soft, no vibrato Arco’ voices, Tron D plays ‘Ensemble1’, which is a blend of 2 different ‘soft, no vibrato Arco’ voices, and has a remarkable French Horn / Colliery Brass kind of sound. The very soft attacks lead to a surprisingly non-violin sound, which forms beautiful low-level beds underneath just about anything, and the surprising nature of this particular voice was a real bonus, discovered only during mastering of the recordings.

The Clare Lindley Violin Collection is in Review with Apple, and will be available an in-app purchase for owners of Mellotronics M3000 HD running iOS 7 or above.

9 thoughts on “Mellotronics M3000 HD Clare Lindley Violin Collection Brings New Sounds To The Virtual Mellotron

  1. I once played a real Mellotron with a string rack in it, so I got to experience the true feel of the thing. It led me to buy M-Tron Pro and after exploring it for a while, its become fairly clear that a lot of the library is so grainy or wobbly that it takes added work to employ. The rest is great, but its an instrument with a small set of sounds that work the best. Its cool to have some of the fringe sounds and BBC FX, but its up to you to properly mix and use the choirs, strings and brass. It includes some accordions, flutes and the like that are also pretty bitchin’, but if you’re going to gather free or iPad versions, remember that each iteration has its own end-result flavors. You might need 3 or 4 to have enough of the base library to do its best work for your needs. Having two layers in M-Tron really helps you shape it and add muscle, because its a grainy bitch raw, but a little massage and its glory comes out. That’s why there are Streetly sets, Optigan and others. Think of it like owning 4 or 5 guitars because each has a unique voice and feel. I’m pleased to have a broad version, but its also a pleasure to learn how to apply it, ’cause its still a walking wet dream for me. 😛

  2. Where’s their Facebook page? I’ve been searching everywhere! It’s no longer in the US store — still dead…

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