Crudlabs Intros Crudman – A ‘Walkman Mellotron’


Crudlabs has introduced the Crudman – a monophonic Mellotron-like instrument, designed around a single cassette Walkman.


The Crudman, above, is based around a Walkman which has been elaborately hacked so that a tape of a looped or droning sound (or any other sound) can be precisely sped up or slowed down, via MIDI or 1v/octave CV, to accurately hit notes over a range of 3 octaves.

The Crudman can be used monophonically, or multiple Crudmans can be used polyphonically.

Here’s an example of a single Crudman in action: Continue reading

Nord Releases Mellotron Master Tapes Sample Library


Nord has released the Mellotron Master Tapes sample library for Nord Electro 4, Nord Stage 2, Nord Piano 2, Nord Electro 3 and Nord Wave.

The Master Tapes collection offers high-fidelity versions of the classic Mellotron sounds. It also features previously unreleased Mellotron sounds and rare custom sounds, made for Yes, Roxy Music, ‘BSabbath’, Tangerine Dream and others.

It also includes the Rhythms and Fills from the Mellotron MK I and MK II. Continue reading

M3000 Free Edition (Virtual Mellotron) Now Available

mellotron-ipad-m3000Developer Omenie has released M3000 Free Edition – a ‘freemium’ virtual Mellotron for the iPad.

M3000 Free Edition is a fully-functional recreation of Streetly Electronics’ M4000 tape-replay instrument. Compared to the full version, the app offers just 5 tapes from Streetly Electronics’ production library, all authentic mellotron voices. In-App Purchases allow the full voice set of the 50th Anniversary Edition to be downloaded, and many other voices as well. Continue reading