Mellotron is a? Mellotron!
No! You loose…
Why? To Know why, you will have to read this review…
The Mellotron is one of my favourite instrument… even if it’s not a real instrument, but more a Sampler working with tapes… because of this, it was and still generating, for the lucky people who have one, a very particular sound. A sound that I love so much.
Here, I reviewing the Mellotron App without the XL at the end.… so, less sounds and less rhythm (?) than in the XL version. (I sent an email to the developer, but at this moment, no answer… Too bad… Too sad I am…
(too much emotions make me talk like a Jedï… I will have to check out this bug with my developer before my next update…)
So, here 5 sounds (only): M400 8 voice, Mk3 Violin, MK2 Flute, MK2 Trombone, and MK2 Vibraphone. 2 loops also in the same preseT with a split keyboard: Dixieland / Trombone. A New Orléans style loop with a Trombone loop that match together. Why? I don’t know… The generated sound is good. The voice preset is a Males and Females Ah mixed choir. For the available parameters: a Volume, Tone, Pitch and Mix. Mix A, B, C (same as a real Mellotron). You can also set the mix between A & B and B & C (same as a real Mellotron too). A Tape speed is also available: high & Low. By using the low position and playing one octave up, you can add more tape noises to your sound. You can also set the range of the keyboard and control it via MIDI if you are using the Audiobus 3 App. Now, what we don’t have. 2 keyboards. A noises mix or volume… We also don’t have the mechanical noise of the tape.
Here I made a very big mistake...
Check out this post:
Did Mellotron use tape loops or not?
The answer is not!
Also, here a sample doesn’t loop and this is a big problem for me! A Mellotron loops the tapes! So, this App is not a Mellotron. It plays Mellotron samples… one shot.
To conclude, because of a lot of details, I think that Mellotron needs some improvements to be considered as a real Mellotron App.
So to conclude:
It's a Mellotron App! The sound quality is good, but only 5 presets in this version. The only thing that I would like to hear is the noises and the sound of the mechanism. A Very Good App! And all my apologies to the developer...
Review by Ef