Tronsonics has released Stoner Planet T, a sample library which contains a single set of samples from the Hohner Pianet T electric piano.
Recorded to worn tape on vintage equipment to emulate the distinctive Mellotron character, the piano has been overdriven through a 1960s valve pre-amp.
This pack contains over 40 imaginary 70s inspired preset instruments for Kontakt 4.2.3 or later, with the emphasis on modulation (from phasers, autowah and delay to ramped lfos triggered with the modulation wheel).
The Stoner Planet sample library is available to purchase for £9.99 GBP (£8.99 GBP for registered members and £4.99 GBP for students).
GForce Software has released The Streetly Tapes – Vol 1, an expansion pack for the M-Tron Pro virtual mellotron instrument.
The Streetly Tapes – Vol 1 Expansion Pack for M-Tron Pro contains 24 tape banks curated from the original EMI tape-based ‘Tron archive by John Bradley and Martin Smith and made available for the first time exclusively to M-Tron Pro users.
Transferred via the Mellotronics Skellotron, this unique expansion pack provides the last word in authenticity and is an essential add-on for the award winning M-Tron Pro, the definitive ‘Tron-centric plug-in instrument.
The Streetly Tapes Vol 1 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 Dean and Jarrod (I Monster) & Paul Godfrey (Morecheeba).
The Streetly Tapes – Vol 1 is available to purchase for £59.99 GBP (incl. VAT).
Tronsonic has released Dark Horse, a sample library with sounds from the Kawai 100-F synthesizer.
This analogue monosynth from 1980 wasn’t everyones cup of tea. Great for sci-fi effects but perhaps not the sweetest lead sounds.
With this pack, both the sawtooth and square waves (as well as white noise) have been sampled to tape in their pure form (ie no filter/modulation etc). Now you have the ability to playback this ‘mellotronized’ monosynth with full polyphony – and here is where the magic begins! A truly unique analogue/digital hybrid synth has been born…the Dark Horse…
Dark Horse includes 350 preset patches (175 for Kontakt 4.2.2 and 175 for EXS24). The library is available to purchase for £15.99 GBP.
GForce Software has announced the release of PC versions of impOSCar2, the successor of the software synthesizer emulation of the OSCar synthesizer.
Since the original impOSCar release we’ve carefully compiled user feedback and over the course of eighteen months, in another true labour of love, we’ve incorporated the best of these within impOSCar2 creating a synth that positively oozes more character, more playability, more expression and more detailed sound sculpting opportunities than could have been imagined a few years ago.
Successor to the multi-award winning impOSCar.
Two Oscillators & 13 Waveforms.
New Mono Unison and Poly Unison Modes.
New Aux Mod Section with comprehensive routing.
Programmable Additive Wave Matrix Grid.
Nine Filter Types with Drive, Cutoff, Q and Separation.
New Chord Memory and single note retrigger.
6 Portamento modes with new Unison glide voice spread.
New Unison Voice Pan.
New Note Pan Modes.
Programmable Velocity Responses and New Aftertouch.
New Instrument and Effects Versions.
Small, Regular or Large Interface Sizes.
New Ring Modulator.
New Chorus Modes.
1000+ Patch library featuring sounds created by original OSCar users inc Billy Currie (Ultravox) Darren Price & Rick Smith (Underworld) & Paul Wiffen (the original OSCar sound designer and programmer for Stevie Wonder & Jean Michel Jarre).
The impOSCar2 is now available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone), priced at £139.99 GBP incl. VAT.
GForce has also released the ChamberTron, an expansion pack for the M-Tron Pro virtual instrument.
If you’re unfamiliar with Chamberlin® musical instruments, please take the time to read about them in the Original Instrument section and check out the video showing our Chamberlin instruments.
Because if you thought that tape playing instruments started and ended with the Mellotron®, you’ll probably be blown away to discover that the entire tape playing instrument genre was invented by a Wisconsin based inventor, Harry Chamberlin, back in the 1950s.
The sounds of the legendary ChamberTron.
Only available via download..
Over 40 new tape banks.
35 Notes per tape bank.
Optional ChamberTron Interface design.
100s of Patches, many from luminaries including Dean & Jarrod (I Monster), David Hentschel (Genesis & Elton John) & Jem Godfrey (Frost).
ChamberTron for M-Tron Pro is available to purchase for £69.99 GBP incl. VAT.
Tronsonic has released Waveform 72, a sound library for Kontakt and ESX24.
Waveform 72 derives from the front end of a famous 70′s monosynth – all 7 waveforms from the oscillators plus pink and white noise ‘mellotronized’ onto tape by being recorded to a 1965 valve reel to reel using aged/worn tape to emulate the evocative sound of the mellotron.
Use the software synthesis capabilities of ESX24 or KONTAKT to stack these oscillators into complex polysynths, and your imagination with the modulation/filters/effects etc to create epic sounding analogue monstrosities!
Waveform 72 features
100 patches + 20 multis for Kontakt (requires Kontakt 4.2.2).
150 patches for ESX.
Sonic character and nostalgia of the Mellotron.
300 MB download.
Waveform 72 is available to purchase for the introductory price of £10.99 GBP. A demo version containing some patches with one of the 7 waveforms (sawtooth triangle) is available as a free download from Tronsonic.
No loops : as the original Mellotron, each sound is eight seconds long with, in many cases, “the bad endings”.
Exclusive “Mellotronic Click” switch. On real Mellotrons, “Click” can be heard at the beginning of a note, when the tape comes in contact with the replay head. These “clicks” are here randomly generated, so you don’t hear twice the same and they can appear on any key ; A rotary knob allows you to control the effect intensity (of course, you can also completely disable it ). Note : this function is inactive when the attack parameter is set to any value different from zero.
Layer (two sounds A & B) and split possibilities (octave shift).
Puremagnetik has released Microtron™ XL, a bundle of 3 tapes from Puremagnetik’s popular Microtron series.
All of the original performance nuances of the Mellotron M400 have been immaculately captured through a Neumann U47 Microphone and Reeves Custom 50 Amplifier.
Microtron XL integrates seamlessly into Ableton Live 8, Kontakt 3/4 and Logic 8/9. It comes packed with a palette of 9 expertly recorded instruments and over 1 Gigabyte of multisample content.
The Ableton Live version contains 9 individual multisampled instruments and a full “tape” instrument that has similar sound blending functionality as found on the original M400. Microtron XL also comes packed with over 150 professionally performed phrases complete with Macro and effects integration.
Microtron XL for Kontakt includes all 9 multisampled instruments complete with effects and a custom KSP user interface. Logic and Kontakt versions both come with a collection of over 150 professionally performed Apple Loops in SIAL format.
Microtron XL includes the following instruments as programmed from the original tapes.
MK II Flute – Undoubtedly the sound that defines Mellotron, the MKII flute instantly conjures images of 1967 Abbey Road. Not only the most famous Mellotron sound, but perhaps the eeriest, the MKII flute’s dubious pitching has been in question throughout the decades. The change in timbre (they say two flutes were used) and odd intonation only adds to the haunting and mesmerizing character of this timeless sound.
Octave Recorders – The Octave Recorder is a newer sound composed of soprano, alto and tenor recorders. Playing fast staccato chords on this one can make it sound a bit like a harmonium. It has a solid woody tone with breathy articulations and is definitely a contender to fill up the mix with some organic elements.
Cello – Renown for its melancholy timbre and described by some as “wheezing and groaning” the Cello sound was originally recorded in the 1960s. A double bassist was used for the lower registers. Apparently the original session cellist did not wish to detune his cello for fear of damaging the instrument. Nonetheless, the Microtron Cello recording is undoubtedly a unique character in the tape library.
Clarinet – The original Mk1 Clarinet that was discontinued but re- introduced for Puremagnetik’s Microtron series. Warm and woody, the Microtron clarinet has an authentic sound that captures a vintage flavor all its own. The Microtron clarinet patch is programmed an octave higher for quick harmonic layering with other Microtron sounds.
French Horn – Big and brassy, the Microtron French Horn is a uniquely expressive addition to the Microtron collection.
Glenn Miller – Glenn Miller disappeared from the radar in 1944, but now he has returned for one last swingin’ arrangement in your DAW! Glenn Miller inspires hours of fun and creativity with layered brass sounds, warped, flanged and mangled in the classic Mellotron tape style.
Brass – The recorded combined output of two saxophones, two trumpets and a trombone, this is a powerful and punchy sound much beloved of King Crimson, Rick Wakeman, The Moody Blues and even John Lennon who thoughtfully recorded most of a demo of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ using the black Mellotron Mk II he kept on his half landing. Never fails to impress. Never fails to scare small children either.
8 Voice Choir – Certainly one of the major ‘classic’ Mellotron sounds, and perhaps the most arresting, this recording of four females and four males was first used in the early 1970s with the advent of the M400 and was widely used by rock groups who found that the sound of a Mellotron was a bit better than the sound of their chronic off-key harmonising.
String Section – A combination of violins, viola and cello, these multisampled strings are pre-arranged to sound huge! Layer them together in chords or clusters for some outlandish string effects.