I love so much this instrument!
Mellowsound supports IAA, Audiobus & the AUv3 technology and can be used also as a Stand Alone App.
I never start a review like this. I mean with the specifications of an App, but you will see further down that there is a reason for this.
Both versions are identical excepted for the keyboard and it's horizontal slider and the ability to record your performances and share them.for the Stand Alone version.
For the sound library:
Winds: Flute | Clarinet | Sax | Oboe
Strings: Sad Strings | Violon ensemble | Viola | Cello | Harp
Keyboards & Mallets: Piano | Church Organ | Vibraphone | Glockenspiel & Voices
Guitars: Electric Guitar | 12 Strings Guitar | Spanish Guitar
Voices: Choir Males | Choir Female
So 18 presets!
It's cool. There are not so many Mellotron Apps with as much presets as Mellowsound has and for this price too!
Also there are a few of them that I don't have and I am very very happy to own them from now.
The Harp, Guitars, Piano & Church Organ...
For the sound quality?
Check out the video, I played a little bit with all of them.
There are all cool excepted one preset that sound a little bit weird to me: Glockenspiel & Voices
With a Mellotron you can play 2 sounds at once.
Mellowsound can do this.
If you like to play one layer only, you can set the layer 2 to none or use the little mixer and set the volume of the desire layer to zero.
The mixer comes with a volume and pan for the 2 layers (it's really cool!)
For the non AUv3 version a volume and pan is also available for the Metronome and the Master output.
As you can see on the picture below, Mellowsound comes with these 2 knobs that we can found in all the Mellotron Apps (one more for the volume).
The Tone & Pitch.
For the Tone, I have a little bit problem...
It seems to be a low pass filter...
The Pitch is ok
Mellow sound comes also with 3 FX
A Tremolo, a Reverb and a Delay.
It's cool even if the FX (s) will be apply to both layers.
We don't have a Noise "layer" and a user presets library (Stand Alone version)...
Now I have a strange sensation while I am doing something else as I am playing...
I mean, if I setup an FX, use the little Mixer or the Tone or Pitch knobs, it's like there is an overflow of informations and sometimes I can hear some cracks...
So the best is to setup everything before to play.
Before to conclude, I guess that you all remember that I start this review by saying what was supporting Mellowsound.
Despite than Mellowsound is an AUv3 instrument plugin you can use only one instance of it. I don't know the reason why... It's also the first time that this happened to me...
So if you like to play with 2 Mellowsounds which means between 2 or 4 layers (to separate the Audio output of both layers for example...) you will have to use the IAA or Audiobus version with.
(Check out the end of the video)
I am really happy to have this App.
I already used it in a few videos and will use it again.
But at this moment some improvements are necessary to bring it to the top!
Despite this. If you love the Mellotron and need some Mellotron non casual sounds with a good quality, and a cheap price Mellowsound is for you.
Note that Mellowsound is Free with App in Purchases, so try it!
A Very Very Good App!
Price Free Author Fingerlab Type Instrument Instrument type Sampler Instrument sounds Keyboards Supports Inter-App Audio (IAA), Audiobus, AUv3 Version 3.0 Released 11/08/2018 Updated 05/02/2019
The IAA, Audiobus & Stand Alone version
The AUv3 version
The App Store description
Mellowsound is an emulation of a legendary instrument, a keyboard sampler from the 60s used by many famous artists like the Beatles, David Bowie, Radiohead and many others, this mythic instrument is called The Mellotron. You probably never heard his name but the melodies created with it are mythical.
As we have the chance to own a Mellotron M400, we wanted to share with you this unique sound, so we sampled all the notes from our beloved Mellotron, one by one, for all the instruments tapes.
With Mellowsound, you will be able to play Mellotron everywhere, with professional audio quality (16bit/44Khz).
It’s now like have a vintage orchestra in your pocket!
In the same spirit, we designed a smooth and photo-realistic user-interface as an homage to our dear Mellotron.
Th free version include 3 instruments: Flute, Clarinet and Sax.
Get the « Full Version » IAP to get all the 18 instruments, including : Electric guitar, Vibraphone, Sad Strings, Piano, Choirs, and more (FX & Live Recording).
The Audio Unit Extension is included in the free version.
Free version features:
-3 free instruments (Flute, Clarinet, Sax)
-Classical Mellotron settings: Volume, Tone & Pitch
-Blend mode: play two instruments à the same time
-Audio Unit Extension (AUv3)
-AudioBus 3 & Inter-App Audio support
IAP Full version features:
-18 instruments (including Sad Strings, Electric guitar, Vibraphone and many more…)
-3 FX: Tremolo, Delay & Reverb
Soon coming: more Fx & ADSR envelope!
We hope you’ll enjoy it!
Fingerlab Team Version 3.0 release notesThis is a major update of Mellowsound including a new and expected feature: the Audio Unit Extension! It took us a long time to get it as we had to rebuild entirely the app several times but it worthed it. You can now play Mellowsound directly from your favorites DAWs (GarageBand, Cubase, BeatMaker 3, …), save your favorite settings to users presets, automate any Mellowsound parameters and uses all your DAWs favorite tools (arpeggiator, sequencer, ...) with Mellowsound. You should like it!
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