Music software and hardware specialists Arturia have announced the arrival of Mellotron V, one of history’s most revolutionary instruments reborn as software with some exciting new additions.
The original instrument was a marvel of engineering: a playable network of magnetic tapes that let you perform using otherworldly recordings of choirs, acoustic, and classical instruments. Notoriously difficult to maintain and almost impossible to transport, the Mellotron was used by The Beatles, King Crimson, The Moody Blues – some of the biggest, most influential acts of all time. They could afford the roadies, after all.

Mellotron V isn’t just a copycat, it’s a love-letter to the original with some exclusive features that make it a must-have for the modern producer. All of the original tapes have been included, sampled at source, and replayed using authentic tape emulation. Not only that, but musicians can now fine-tune the sound of the instrument like never before with mechanical, noise, and tape controls, an ADSR envelope, and awesome effects.

One of the most exciting new features is the ability for users to load their own samples, and perform them using the saturated tape sound of the original machine, complete with wow and flutter you can dial in to taste.

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Mellotron V by Arturia – Full UI

LEGENDARY TAPE KEYBOARD

All original tapes

All original tapes are included, pristinely sampled from the original tapes and digitized, ready for a new generation of musicians to enjoy.

Performance controls

A blend between different sounds, combine 3 tapes for thick combis and adjust volume and tone to achieve that authentic Mellotron sound.

Load your own samples

Create mind-blowing sounds using your own audio samples, processed with Mellotron’s magical saturated tape sound and quirks.

Authentic effects

A beautifully modeled guitar amp and loads of studio quality effects have been included in the software itself, helping you get the exact sound you want.

Mechanical controls

Whether you want your Mellotron to sound like it’s fresh of the production line, or unearthed from 50 years in a warehouse, the new mechanical controls let you fine-tune its performance.

Great presets

A great selection of presets that both shows off the original sounds, as well as putting the sounds of the Mellotron’s most famous hits are all included for your enjoyment.

Mellotron V by Arturia – SFX

Mellotron V is one of 3 amazing new instruments included in V Collection 7, the latest incarnation of Arturia’s flagship software anthology. In it, you’ll find 24 instruments that changed the face of music as we know it, lovingly analyzed, modeled, and recreated as software. Synths, pianos, organs, and quirky keyboards like the Mellotron have all been given a new lease of life, and are yours to command.

Breathing life back into the most iconic keyboard instruments of all time, V Collection is the ultimate creativity launchpad and an essential studio tool for the modern music producer.

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