Mellotron M4000D Hands-On

May 29, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized 

We go hands-on with the digital Mellotron re-creation that the keyboard world is abuzz about. Boutique one-trick pony? Maybe, but it does that one trick so exceptionally well that it’s getting attention from the likes of Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers, Foo Fighters).

Some specifications:
It is a 24 bit digital uncompressed audio playback unit with ca 100 Mellotron and Chamberlin sounds built in. Extra cartridges will be available with 100 sounds each. It has a custom built full Mellotron style wood keyboard with depth sensitivity and polyphonic aftertouch out via MIDI. The front panel user inteface has 2 TFT-displays of high quality and are capable of showing pictures of the actual instruments. The dimensions of the cabinet are 34″x19.5″5.25″ (86x50x13.5cm) (WxDxH).

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Here is some more info about the M4000D:

  • Mellotron style wooden keyboard with depth sensitivity and polyphonic aftertouch via MIDI out.
  • 100 original Mellotron and Chamberlin lead sounds included, with IMMEDIATE access.
  • The sounds are taken from the original first-generation tape library giving the same sound quality as the original Mellotrons made in the 60s and 70s.
  • It has our very advanced and in-house developed streaming technology for uncompressed 24 bit audio reproduction.
  • The software and audio engine has taken 3 years to develop, but our concept of the digital Mellotron has been in development since the mid 90s. We bought parts of the original inventory from a company called ‘Mellotron Digital’.
  • Furniture quality cabinet with hinged lid.
  • Expansion slot gives you 100 extra sounds on special compact flash cards, all from the original archives. There will be ca 8 expansion cards released with a large variety of sounds.
  • Two high-quality TFT displays and a backlit laser cut front panel.
  • Our very advanced and in-house developed streaming technology for uncompressed 24 bit audio reproduction.
  • Three gold plated balanced XLR outputs, all other connectors are gold plated for maximum reliablilty.
  • Dimensions: 859x501x135 mm, weight 17.5 kg.

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