[linux-audio-user] Mellotron

Ryan ruinaudio at comcast.net
Tue Jul 20 20:17:22 EDT 2004

On Tue, 2004-07-20 at 15:38 -0700, Mark Knecht wrote:
> Ryan wrote:
> > It should be really easy to come up with a great mellotron sample set
> > (since it's essentially a sampled instrument).  But I think having a
> > nice long keypress (4 seconds) would make it much easier.
> > 
> Hi,
>     Just as a point of reference the original Mellotron had 8 second 
> tapes, I believe. Also, when those tapes ran out there was no loop. You 
> get to the end of the tape and you just get no more sound. Playing a 
> Mellotron is an experience in learning to manage this by letting go of 
> individual keys in a chord and replaying them so that you don't have the 
> whole chord go away abruptly.
>     Anyway, if you create loops from Mellotron samples you're no longer 
> playing a Mellotron! ;-)

Well obviously you're not playing a mellotron... if you're not playing a
mellotron ;-)

The original mellotron had 6 feet of tape played at 7.5 ips (about 9.6
seconds of play per note) with 35 keys that'd be about 5 and a half
minutes of sampled sound... how big would that be?

Anyway I wouldn't want to emulate the experience of playing a mellotron
(a software emulation of tape breaking anyone).  Maybe if we ask really
really nicely Emiliano's friend will re-sample the mellotron.


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