Mellotronics M3000 50th Anniversary Special Edition

August 15, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized 

This year – 2013 for those watching in the future – marks the 50th anniversary of the first shipment of a mellotron from the Streetly Electronics factory in the midlands, UK.

To celebrate we’ve all been hard at work, preparing the 50th Anniversary Special Edition Version of Mellotronics M3000, which is in the App Store for review right now, and remains exclusive to the iPad.

Features :

Free upgrade for existing owners, backwards-compatible to iOS 5.1 – no lock-out for iPad 1 owners
16 voices in total, 35 chromatic 8 second tapes per voice, almost 200MBytes of samples
All samples are original Mellotron MKI, MKII, M400 and Chamberlin voices from the tape library of Streetly Electronics
3 new unlooped voices in this refresh – MKII Vibes, Rhodes and Piano
3 looping modes – unlooped, 5s loops (maximum fidelity) and 3s loops (very high fidelity, minimum memory footprint)
Looped modes support 4 simultaneous voices – ABC continuous blend plus D voice on chord pads
32 voicebanks each with 12 programmable chord pads
AudioBus support
CoreMIDI support over class-compliant USB or WiFi interfaces
MIDI responds to all channels : keys, pitch wheel, mod wheel, master volume, program change, midi notes 1-12 mapped to chord pads
New synthesis engine with 44.1kHz playback supports mix of looped and unlooped sounds – e.g infinite violins plus decaying piano
Variable ‘Tape inching’ for authentic factory-style calibration of note attack
Built-in stereoizing reverb engine
Tone control matched to M4000 analog tone
All-new retina graphics, now completely fills iPad display
All-new ‘Oscillotron’ waveform display, in soothing chill-out colour palette

Full voice list :

Church Organ
Boys Choir
Female Choir
Eight Choir
String Section
MKII Violins
MKII Flute
MKII Clarinet
Tenor Sax
MKII Brass
MKII Vibes

Demos featuring actual musicians playing actual music to follow, in the meantime, here is some parping and tooting.


4 Responses to “Mellotronics M3000 50th Anniversary Special Edition”

  1. Paul Collins on August 17th, 2013 9:40 am

    Positive, Great sounds

    Negative No Audiobus as advertised in this article very misleading
    No core midi
    Clunky interface the knobs don’t turn very well and move of their own accord did the hardware do that.
    The link through to the manual and developer site does not work.

    Please developer if you are reading this update this app with core midi and Audiobus as the sounds are great and u would please a lot of people.

    Enough said.

  2. Paul Collins on August 17th, 2013 9:55 am

    Is the app shown in the u tube the actually app in store now as I can’t for the life of me bring up what is shown. Is that a proto type. Inch tapes for ex!

  3. 3LECTRON on August 18th, 2013 4:51 am

    believe so

  4. Phil on September 1st, 2013 11:17 am

    Hi guys

    I’m the developer. Thanks for covering the app, I just wanted to point out a couple of things –

    a) there is a known bug in AudioBus, it’s fixed in the version that is in review, I anticipate it being available in the store by about Wednesday (4th September 2013)

    b) there is also a known bug in MIDI that affects keyboards that send NoteOff rather than NoteOn(0) – that is also fixed in the ‘in review’ copy, so by about Wednesday everything should be in shape.

    I’m interested in the comment ‘the knobs are difficult to move and move of their own accord’ – please provide more detail and feed back to me – omenie at omenie dot com



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