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Strawberry Fields Forever? No, but here’s a free Mellotron plugin

Tapeotronic_3

Tapeotronic is a mellotron tape keyboard emulation.
There’s 16 patches of flute, string and choirs sounds and MIDI learn / automation.

Back a few years ago I made an album called Manasota under my pseudonym Justin Robert. For much of that album I used a Mellotron VST plugin. I’ve always loved the sound of these.

The one that I used is no longer available, but I found this one that seems just as good!

“The Mellotron is an electro-mechanical, polyphonic tape replay keyboard originally developed and built in Birmingham, England, in 1963. It evolved from a similar instrument, the Chamberlin, but could be mass-produced more effectively. The instrument works by pulling a section of magnetic tape across a head. Different portions of the tape can be played to access different sounds.

The original models were designed to be used in the home, and contained a variety of sounds, including automatic accompaniments. The bandleader Eric Robinson and television personality David Nixon were heavily involved in the instrument’s original publicity. A number of other celebrities such as Princess Margaret were early adopters.

The Mellotron became more popular after the Beatles used it on several tracks. It was subsequently adopted by the Moody Blues, Genesis and King Crimson, and became a notable instrument in progressive rock. Later models such as the M400, the best selling model, dispensed with the accompaniments and some sound selection controls in order to be used by touring musicians. The instrument became less popular in the 1980s due to the introduction of polyphonic synthesizers and samplers, despite a number of high profile uses from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and XTC.”  Wikipedia

Get it from the developer’s site!

Novatron-M400