Synth Demo featuring the ARP 2600, Voyager, and Mellotron Mk. VI

April 14, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Short, first take improv with Arp2600, Moog Voyager and Mellotron Mk. VI. Recorded in Ableton Live 9. Film edited in Sony Vegas Movie Studio 11.

Strawberry Fields Forever Cover by Super Manetron & GarageBand for iPad

April 7, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://www.insideout.co.jp/apps/

The applications that we used…..
- Super Manetron (Mellotron Simulator for iPhone /iPad) as Flute, Brass, Cello
- GarageBand for iPad as Giutar, Bass
- Sitar Piano as Sitar
- iLectric as Piano

Personnel:
Koya Matsuo – Voice
Junichiro Yamasaki – iPad

Super Manetron is the Mellotron for iPhone and iPod touch. Genuine sound sampled from Mellotron M400S (serial number 761) manufactured in the 70′s.
The Mellotron is an vintage sampling keyboard by analog tapes. The Mellotron had a strong impact on rock music, becoming a trademark sound of the progressive rock bands.

You can see an internal mechanism (tape running animation) and can enjoy simulation of Mellotron with eyes and an ear.

Features:
- Core MIDI compatible
- 35Kyes of sampled sounds from Mellotron M400S serial number 761 manufactured in the 70′s.
- 8 sec PCM full sampling sounds each Key
- Scrollable Keyboard & dual Keyboards with switchable key width
- No loop sounds (real performance feeling)
- Pre-loaded with 7 instruments including Flute, 3violins (Strings), Cello, Oboe, 8-voice Choir, Vibes, Brass
- 7 instrument sounds can be set as the favorite position of A,B,C position on setting screen
- A+B, B+C mix sounds position
- The sound of motor and tape rewind mechanical noise
- Tape running animation
- Pitch control by accelerometer
- Built-in Reverb that simulates spring reverb
- Original sounds source are recorded by 96KHz/24 bits
- Compiled under the supervision of Fumitaka Anzai (Famous vintage keyboard player & collector of Japan)

Synth Demo – With Mobius, ARP2600, Mellotron, Voyager

April 3, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Random fooling around with Future Retro Mobius, ARP2600, Mellotron Mk. VI, Moog Voyager. Emphasis on some less familiar Mellotron sounds. Audio recorded in Ableton Live 9. Film editing in Sony Vegas Movie Studio 11.

Mellotron App for iPad: “Super Manetron” In App Store NOW!

April 2, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://www.insideout.co.jp/apps/
Super Manetron is the Mellotron for iPhone and iPod touch. Genuine sound sampled from Mellotron M400S (serial number 761) manufactured in the 70′s.
The Mellotron is an vintage sampling keyboard by analog tapes. The Mellotron had a strong impact on rock music, becoming a trademark sound of the progressive rock bands.

You can see an internal mechanism (tape running animation) and can enjoy simulation of Mellotron with eyes and an ear.

Features:
- Core MIDI compatible
- 35Kyes of sampled sounds from Mellotron M400S serial number 761 manufactured in the 70′s.
- 8 sec PCM full sampling sounds each Key
- Scrollable Keyboard & dual Keyboards with switchable key width
- No loop sounds (real performance feeling)
- Pre-loaded with 7 instruments including Flute, 3violins (Strings), Cello, Oboe, 8-voice Choir, Vibes, Brass
- 7 instrument sounds can be set as the favorite position of A,B,C position on setting screen
- A+B, B+C mix sounds position
- The sound of motor and tape rewind mechanical noise
- Tape running animation
- Pitch control by accelerometer
- Built-in Reverb that simulates spring reverb
- Original sounds source are recorded by 96KHz/24 bits
- Compiled under the supervision of Fumitaka Anzai (Famous vintage keyboard player & collector of Japan)

Mellotron arrives for iOS

February 24, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Super Manetron is the Mellotron for iPhone and iPod touch. Genuine sound sampled from Mellotron M400S (serial number 761) manufactured in the 70′s. The Mellotron is an vintage sampling keyboard by analog tapes. The Mellotron had a strong impact on rock music, becoming a trademark sound of the progressive rock bands.

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You can see an internal mechanism (tape running animation) and can enjoy simulation of Mellotron with eyes and an ear.

Features:

  • Core MIDI compatible
  • 35Kyes of sampled sounds from Mellotron M400S serial number 761 manufactured in the 70′s.
  • 8 sec PCM full sampling sounds each Key
  • Scrollable Keyboard & dual Keyboards with switchable key width
  • No loop sounds (real performance feeling)
  • Pre-loaded with 7 instruments including Flute, 3violins (Strings), Cello, Oboe, 8-voice Choir, Vibes, Brass
  • 7 instrument sounds can be set as the favorite position of A,B,C position on setting screen
  • A+B, B+C mix sounds position
  • The sound of motor and tape rewind mechanical noise
  • Tape running animation
  • Pitch control by accelerometer
  • Built-in Reverb that simulates spring reverb
  • Original sounds source are recorded by 96KHz/24 bits
  • Compiled under the supervision of Fumitaka Anzai (Famous vintage keyboard player & collector of Japan)

SPECIAL SALE! 50% OFF TILL NEXT MAJOR UPDATE!
We are going to support iPad as universal app in the next major update (2nd Quarter of 2013). 50% off till then.

The app is priced at $3.99

Vernal Season – modular systems and more in action

March 26, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

And here are the details:

The last few weeks I have been trying to make a video. Did many takes resulting in 3 takes which were acceptable but I was not convinced that one of the three was good enough. So this evening I decided to do something completely different which resulted in this improvisation. And I did this in 1 take.
The video begins with two 8-step sequences: one sequence on row 2 of the Doepfer MAQ16/3 which is driving the self-built Modular and one sequence on the Synthesizers.com Q960 which is driving the Rob Hordijk OSC HRM and the Ian Fritz Teezer Through-Zero VCO connected to the Blacet Miniwave. The bass is performed on the Clavia Nord Lead 1, the Mellotron strings sound is played on the Roland XP-80 and the Wurlitzer piano sound on the Waldorf Q Keyboard. Later on a 4 step sequence from row 1 of the MAQ16/3 driving the Creamware MiniMax ASB joins.

The video is filmed by my girlfriend Anne using my iPhone 4.

You can download/see/hear the video and music from my website.

MIDI-triggered Pocket Piano MIDI + Catalinbread Montavillian echo

November 24, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here is the Critter and Guitari Pocket Piano MIDI being triggered by the Mellotron M4000D (we are not hearing the Mellotron, just the Pocket Piano).

The output of the Pocket Piano is going to the Catalinbread Montavillian Echo pedal. Sweet sound, huh? :-)
http://bigcitymusic.com

All post delivered from Moscow this week :-)

Redtron_400 VST plug-in featuring the Taijiguy’s Mellotron samples

April 29, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Redtron_SE is a Special Edition of the Redtron_400. This VST plug-in uses the Taijiguy’s Mellotron samples (taken from a 1973 Mellotron M400S – Serial #500). The samples have been cleaned (not too much) by removing an annoying 60Hz hum and some unwanted “clicks” and “pops” here and there.

Features :

- Nine sound types : MKII Flute, MKII 3 Violins, M400 Cello, MKII Brass, M400 Combined Choir, M400 String Section, M400 Woodwinds, M300A Violins, M300B Violin

- No loops : as the original Mellotron, each sound is eight seconds long with, in many cases, “the bad endings”.

- Exclusive “Mellotronic Click” switch. On real Mellotrons, “Click” can be heard at the beginning of a note, when the tape comes in contact with the replay head. These “clicks” are here randomly generated, so you don’t hear twice the same and they can appear on any key ; A rotary knob allows you to control the effect intensity (of course, you can also completely disable it ). Note : this function is inactive when the attack parameter is set to any value different from zero.

- Layer (two sounds A & B) and split possibilities (octave shift).

- Independent parameters for sound A & B :

- Volume, Tone, Pan, Tune, Reverb, Delay, Attack & Release, Octave & Note parameters.
- Delay effect (Amount, Time, Feedback & Pan parameters).
- Reverb effect (Mix, Width, Size & Damp parameters).

- Global Volume control.

- Global Tone control.

- Global Pitch control.

- Freeware.

Redtron_SE is probably the most faithful and authentic Mellotron’s emulation of all Redtron Plug-ins. Many thanks to Taijiguy and his Mellotron samples. Link : http://leisureland.us/audio/…

You can download REDTRON_SE v1.0 free legally from the official Artfake_Labs product site at http://sites.google.com/site…

Tubular Bells by the Brooklyn Organ Synth Orchestra

March 12, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Lots of goodies in this one…you know what I mean when you watch it :-)

Filmed and Directed by Amy Hobby.
Edited by Tony Zajkowski.

Over 20 different NYC female keyboardists playing vintage keyboards at Joe McGinty’s Carousel Studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Available on iTunes!
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tubular-bells/id398862997

Featuring:
Kaia Wong (Mixel Pixel)
Kelly Rae Kerwin (Private Income)
Natasha Bartolf
Joanna Choy (Spray Paint Star)
Amy Merril (Mia Riddle)
Greta Gertler (The Universal Thump)
Supercute!
Anna Copa Cabanna
Rolyn Hu (True Primes)
Sondra Sun-Odeon (Silver Summit)
Michi Turner (Crash Diet Crew)
Katia Floreska (The Tall Pines)
Natalie Weiss (Unicornicopia, Camp Wanatachi)
Wendy Ip
Alice Cohen
Yvette Perez
Kelly Vaughn-Kauffman (Winstron Troy)
Yvette Perez (H*E*R)
Hula Hoop Harlot Melissa-Anne
Alix Brown (Golden Triangle)
Leah Cary (Girl Crisis)
Caitlin Jemison (Queen Of Sibyls)

Instruments featured:
Hammond M3 Organ
Fender Rhodes
Oberheim Xpander
Dave Smith Instruments Poly Evolver Keyboard
Steinway Upright Grand Piano
RMI Keyboard Computer
Jenco Celeste
Baldwin Electric Harpsichord
Bebot
Magical Musical Thing
Thingamagoop
Hohner Clavinet D6
Casio CZ-101
Wurlitzer Electric Piano
Conn Electric Band
ARP 2600
ARP Omni
Suzuki Omnichord
Yamaha CS-01
Yamaha TX802
Vox Continental
Fender Starmaster
Farfisa Combo Compact
Buzzing Bee
Optigan
Stylophone
Toy Piano
360 Systems Digital Keyboard
Hammond Synthesizer
Gibson Clavioline
Moog Little Phatty
MiniMoog
Mellotron
Mass-Rowe Vibrachime

A pure Mellotron M400 treat

February 11, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Puremagnetik has released Microtron™ XL, a bundle of 3 tapes from Puremagnetik’s popular Microtron series.

All of the original performance nuances of the Mellotron M400 have been immaculately captured through a Neumann U47 Microphone and Reeves Custom 50 Amplifier.

Microtron XL integrates seamlessly into Ableton Live 8, Kontakt 3/4 and Logic 8/9. It comes packed with a palette of 9 expertly recorded instruments and over 1 Gigabyte of multisample content.

The Ableton Live version contains 9 individual multisampled instruments and a full “tape” instrument that has similar sound blending functionality as found on the original M400. Microtron XL also comes packed with over 150 professionally performed phrases complete with Macro and effects integration.

Microtron XL for Kontakt includes all 9 multisampled instruments complete with effects and a custom KSP user interface. Logic and Kontakt versions both come with a collection of over 150 professionally performed Apple Loops in SIAL format.

Microtron XL includes the following instruments as programmed from the original tapes.

  • MK II Flute – Undoubtedly the sound that defines Mellotron, the MKII flute instantly conjures images of 1967 Abbey Road. Not only the most famous Mellotron sound, but perhaps the eeriest, the MKII flute’s dubious pitching has been in question throughout the decades. The change in timbre (they say two flutes were used) and odd intonation only adds to the haunting and mesmerizing character of this timeless sound.
  • Octave Recorders – The Octave Recorder is a newer sound composed of soprano, alto and tenor recorders. Playing fast staccato chords on this one can make it sound a bit like a harmonium. It has a solid woody tone with breathy articulations and is definitely a contender to fill up the mix with some organic elements.
  • Cello – Renown for its melancholy timbre and described by some as “wheezing and groaning” the Cello sound was originally recorded in the 1960s. A double bassist was used for the lower registers. Apparently the original session cellist did not wish to detune his cello for fear of damaging the instrument. Nonetheless, the Microtron Cello recording is undoubtedly a unique character in the tape library.
  • Clarinet – The original Mk1 Clarinet that was discontinued but re- introduced for Puremagnetik’s Microtron series. Warm and woody, the Microtron clarinet has an authentic sound that captures a vintage flavor all its own. The Microtron clarinet patch is programmed an octave higher for quick harmonic layering with other Microtron sounds.
  • French Horn – Big and brassy, the Microtron French Horn is a uniquely expressive addition to the Microtron collection.
  • Glenn Miller – Glenn Miller disappeared from the radar in 1944, but now he has returned for one last swingin’ arrangement in your DAW!
    Glenn Miller inspires hours of fun and creativity with layered brass sounds, warped, flanged and mangled in the classic Mellotron tape style.
  • Brass – The recorded combined output of two saxophones, two trumpets and a trombone, this is a powerful and punchy sound much beloved of King Crimson, Rick Wakeman, The Moody Blues and even John Lennon who thoughtfully recorded most of a demo of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ using the black Mellotron Mk II he kept on his half landing. Never fails to impress. Never fails to scare small children either.
  • 8 Voice Choir – Certainly one of the major ‘classic’ Mellotron sounds, and perhaps the most arresting, this recording of four females and four males was first used in the early 1970s with the advent of the M400 and was widely used by rock groups who found that the sound of a Mellotron was a bit better than the sound of their chronic off-key harmonising.
  • String Section – A combination of violins, viola and cello, these multisampled strings are pre-arranged to sound huge! Layer them together in chords or clusters for some outlandish string effects.

Microtron XL is available to purchase for $29 USD

More information: Puremagnetik / Microtron XL

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