Beat Magazin offer free UVI Mello library

Beat Magazin has announced on its Facebook page that it is offering a free copy of UVI Mello, a Mellotron instrument library for UVI Workstation and MachFive.

Beat UVI Mello freebie

Gift: UVI Mello worth over 70 €

Together with the sound specialists UVI Beat magazine is giving away “Mello”, a tribute to the 60s that lets you explore the origins of sampling. Mello is also included in “UVI Vintage Vault” – the ultimate vintage synth collection.

To get the instrument for free put Mello in your shopping cart and use the coupon code FREEMELLO at checkout.

UVI Mello is available as a free download until October 26th, 2014.

More information: Beat / UVI Mello

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Toontrack releases EZkeys Mellotoon and Keys & Strings EZkeys MIDI

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Toontrack has announced the release of EZkeyz Mellotoon, a virtual Mellotron instrument for Windows and Mac.

Toontrack EZkeys Mellotoon

EZkeys Mellotoon is based on the classic Mellotron keyboard introduced in the early 1960s. This unique instrument was the first of its kind to include samples of real instruments, but as opposed to the modern-day digital sampler, the Mellotron pulled them off a magnetic tape loop that ran inside the keyboard. It came with various sounds for piano, strings, flutes, brass and is likely best described as the first-ever “band in a box”. Naturally, it was a revelation from the get-go. Early adopters included the Beatles, the Moody Blues and King Crimson, who all immortalized the unmistakable tone of the Mellotron in numerous hits. Today, this piece of instrument history is enjoying a massive resurgence in a wide range of genres.

EZkeys Mellotoon captures the essence of this one-of-a-kind keyboard and comes with 15 individual instruments, carefully sampled directly from a model M400 Mellotron using a blend of direct and amped signals. On top of that, it includes a generous selection of custom effect and sound chain presets, giving you a completely new, creative outset to an already seemingly bottomless pool of awe-inspiring sounds.

EZkeys Mellotoon is available for purchase for 159 EUR.

Toonttrack Keys & Strings EZkeys MIDI

Toontrack has also released the new Keys & Strings EZkeys MIDI pack.

Keys & Strings EZkeys MIDI was created with the Mellotron, its rich palette of sounds and music history in mind. However, it works just as well in with any EZkeys sound library!

This is the perfect well of inspiration for anything from ambient pop to classic rock.

Keys & Strings EZkeys MIDI features

  • Material influenced by popular music of the late 1960s through today.
  • Separate keys and strings sections in each song.
  • Played by professional session pianist.

The MIDI pack is available for 25 EUR.

More information: Toontrack

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Tronsonic releases The Expressive Tron free Kontakt library

Tronsonic has announced The Expressive Tron, a free Mellotron library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Tronsonic The Expressive Tron

The Expressive Tron features 4 tape banks from an original (un-serviced) Mellotron M400 – Flute, Strings, Cello and Male Choir.

The Original samples were taken 8 years ago (the first instrument I sampled), then recently re-recorded to more worn tape, and supplied in microtape plus format, which features a 16 step tape echo style sequencer and fx section.

These are not pristine mellotron samples – Martin at Streetly Electronics gave them a listen and commented on how badly the instrument would have needed a service – so I’m aiming for the other end of the spectrum with these – for those that really like the character of degraded sound. The microtapes also allow you to degrade the signal further, to taste.

The library is a free download at Tronsonic. Requires Kontakt 5.2.1 or later, full version.

More information: Tronsonic

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UVI releases Mello virtual instrument for UVI Workstation & MachFive

UVI Mello

UVI has announced the release of Mello, an authentic-sounding software recreation of the tape-based Mellotron instrument.

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.

Mello features

  • 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.

UVI’s Twitter followers and Facebook fans can download Mello at no cost for the first three months (MSRP $99 USD). Requires iLok.

More information: UVI / Mello

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GForce Software releases The Streetly Tapes Vol 2 for M-Tron Pro

GForce The Streetly Tapes Vol 2

GForce Software has introduced The Streetly Tapes Vol 2, a new add-on for the M-Tron Pro virtual Mellotron instrument for Windows and Mac.

Streetly Tapes for M-Tron Pro Vol2 is the perfect compliment to the previous Vol1 Expansion Pack and in our opinion is an essential add-on for all M-Tron Pro owners.

Curated from the original Mellotron® tape archives, Volume 2 combines a mixture of rare gems and definitive versions of celebrated, legendary and renowned tones, designed to berate life into your compositions 8 seconds at a time.

The Streetly Tapes Vol 2 features

  • A GForce Software and Streetly Electronics collaboration.
  • Tape banks from the original UK ‘Tron masters.
  • Derived from original EMI tape-stock.
  • 24 carefully curated sounds for M-Tron Pro.
  • 35 notes per tape bank.
  • Exclusively available via download – 600MB.
  • 100s of patches, many from luminaries including Jem Godfrey (Frost), Dave Spiers and Tony Durkin.

The Streetly Tapes Vol 2 expansion costs £59.99 GBP inc. VAT.

More information: GForce / The Streetly Tapes Vol 2

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