Streetly Electronics, designers and manufacturers of the original mellotron and Omenie, creators of Ellatron for iPhone and iPad, are delighted to announce their first joint development, Mellotronics M3000 HD.
The M3000 is a truly remarkable digital musical instrument for iPhone OS. The M3000 features 13 voices sampled from Streetly Electronics’ production tapes. These are the same tapes that featured on Strawberry Fields Forever, Nights in White Satin, Watcher of the Skies, Odessey and Oracle and hundreds more timeless, classic records.
All 35 notes of each tape set are sampled, and all the character of the classic mellotron sound has been retained. All 35 keys are on-screen and available at once, so anything that can be played on a mellotron can be played on the M3000. In fact the M3000 is even more flexible than a true mellotron because it includes Ellatron’s 12 programmable chord pads. The M3000 also supports 4 in-memory voices at one time, with independent keyboard and chordpad voices. The inclusion of a rich, spacious onboard reverb unit allows the M3000 to be used as a recording or performance instrument with no outboard effects chain.
Martin Smith of Streetly Electronics, says “I was amazed to hear our classic sounds coming out of the iPad. This is the truest, most playable digital mellotron for iPhone OS, and it has to be heard to be believed.”
The M3000 will be available from June 14th exclusively for iPad, and within a few weeks for iPhone and iPod Touch. It will be available to purchase from the App Store, priced at $11.99 USUD / £6.99 GBP / 9.99 EUR.
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I went to the RobotFest / Mid-Atlantic Mini Maker Faire yesterday. I saw this awesome project and thought you might like to put it on the blog. Basically it's an ant farm with optointerrupts. When the ants walk through the lightpath, they modify the audio output. The maker's name is Adam Franchino, and he was there with some of his classmates from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) His website is adamfranchino.net.
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Omenie in the comments:
The core sound generation is the Ellatron engine, and the same 'Toblerone' rotating keyboards have been retained – for now …
Inside it there’s quite a few changes, particularly trading off CPU burden against responsiveness – it’s become clear, particularly on the iPad, that it’s worth burning more CPU to get ultra-low latency for responsive playing, in Jordan’s hands this thing is *fast* and pretty amazing.
We are still shaking out details but the plan is to have different iPad and iPhone versions, slightly more voices in the iPad version as it supports apps with a bigger memory footprint than iPhone.
And yes, all new sounds, and unlike Ellatron all the sounds are stereo (and really immersive and immense) and have been pulled out of Jordan’s live rig, so these are authentic DT voices. So it’s not very much like a Mellotron at all! I think this one will turn out to be a must-have app for the DT fans, but the sounds are so damn PHAT that general synth hounds may end up picking up one of these to add to their arsenal.
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Omenie has released Ellatron, a virtual Mellotron application for the iPhone/iPod Touch.
Finally, the iPhone music app you’ve been waiting for. All the groovy 60s sounds of a Mellotron, but a lot more portable. If you’ve been hoping to recreate the genius of Strawberry Fields or Days of Future Passed, Ellatron is the way to do it – and it couldn’t be easier.
18 different voices, from classic Mellotron-esque orchestral string sections, chamber strings, woodwinds and flutes + a selection of organs, synthesizers and thumping drum loops.
Classic 3 octave range of the Mellotron M400.
Keyboard is split into 2 independent manuals, each of which can represent either the upper or lower half of Ellatron’s range. Each manual can be assigned a different voice (or ‘Tape Frame’ in Ellatron speak), allowing simultaneous Strings and Brass, Flutes and Choir, or any of the multiple organs or synths integrated into Ellatron.
Selectable ‘Wow and Flutter’ for that authentic tuning instability!
Ellatron will be continuously updated, and the next major release will include a rich multi-voice sequencer, supporting 32-note polyphony on up to 8 concurrent Ellatron instances.