Toontrack EZ Keys Mellotoon Virtual Mellotron Software
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More than a million musicians are already trusting us! Subsequently, these are King Crimson, Genesis, Moody Blues, Radiohead, Divine Comedy or still Paul McCartney who have popularized to the extreme this strange mix between vintage sampler, synth and arranger! The composition finally accessible to all!
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Is there room in the world for another Mellotron emulation? More sounds? Better sampling of the original sounds? Studio effects? Creating new mixes? A low—speed switch? Whether you love it or hate it, the Mellotron is perhaps the most sampled electronic keyboard in existence.
The Instrument Although it can be purchased as an instrument in its own right, Mellotoon can also be obtained as a sample expansion for the Toontrack EZkeys line, which already includes grand and upright pianos, as well as electro—mechanical pianos, pianets and clavinets. For example, the Mellotoon GUI offers a sostenuto pedal and a damper sustain pedal and, when you play and hold notes, you no longer need to count to eight; Toontrack has looped the sounds so that you can sustain them ad infinitum.
Philosophically, I have nothing against this; in fact, I quite like it. Five mixes and four additional presets called Pads are also provided, and I suspect that someone had fun creating these.
Every sound features a preset effects chain, generally with reverb plus a selection from tape delay, EQ, filtering, phasing, panning, rotary speaker and tremolo, although the last five of these appear only in the mixes. Clicking on the Browser button reveals the EZkeys MIDI library, and invoking the chord wheel allows you to modify chords in interesting ways or replace them to add interest to Songs. These allow you to define the minimum and maximum velocities used, and to draw a response curve to best match your master keyboard and playing style.
Underneath a similar panel on the other side of the instrument lie a set of controls that allow you to adjust its tuning, but adjusting these while holding a chord has no effect; they are not equivalent to the tuning knob on the Mellotron which, while represented in the GUI, is a graphic affectation, as are the drawings of the original voice selector and volume control.
These are then further subdivided into song sections such as Intro, Verse, Chorus and Bridge, and these are then further divided into Variations.
Clicking on a Variation loops it, and moving between those in a given section allows you to hear how they would work if strung together.
Having decided which you want to use, you can then drag them into the Song Track to build a song. Opening the two panels on the top of the instrument reveals the dynamics and tuning controls. In addition to basic facilities such as transposition, altering the time signature and adjusting the tempo of the whole song, you can add chords, generate quasi—random but not silly chord sequences, transpose, truncate and randomise phrases, cut them up and reorder the bits, copy and paste chords and phrases, and merge bits back together again.
You can also modify chords by choosing inversions, changing the root, and adding or subtracting notes using the chord wheel. Be honest, Dm9 over Bb with a flattened fifth can be much more interesting than plain old Dm.
Of course, you can also play chords and melodies directly into the Song Track. This disappears when you use the plug—in, perhaps because your host software should offer the same functionality. If multiple channels exist within the file, EZkeys asks which of these you would like to load, then mixes your selection and identifies the chords, after which you can modify the results as before.
Furthermore, a few of the tonal discontinuities I discovered as I played up and down the keyboard felt wrong. I was right: Despite this, or perhaps because of it, Mellotoon exhibits much of the character of the original! Although the Mellotron had no velocity sensitivity in the usual sense, Mellotoon links velocity to loudness, and even allows you to draw your own response curves. Turning to the songwriting aspects of Mellotoon, I dragged copies of my favourite Variations into the Favourites column in the browser, and further organised them by creating sub—folders within which I grouped and renamed those used within each Song.
But a single track of chords is far better suited to piano sounds than to Mellotron sounds, so I doubt that I would ever use Mellotoon in isolation. Next, I loaded it into Digital Performer, where it worked without fuss. I was able to sequence it in the usual fashion, as well as drag my test songs into DP as parts of more extensive MIDI sequences. One more thing: Novices will be able to learn from the phrase library and from the ways in which chords can be strung together and modified, and even experienced writers may be able to clear a creative block by stepping through the Variations.
Inevitably, these facilities are better suited to piano sounds, so it might make more sense to buy Mellotoon as an add—on to an existing EZkeys product. But, either way, Toontrack should be applauded for attempting something different and finding a niche in such a crowded market.
This costs more than Mellotoon but, together with its Streetly Tapes, Chamberlin, Optigon and Vako Orchestron expansion packs, it offers a monstrous library of sounds embedded within an instrument that features dual layers, HP, BP and LP resonant filters, an LFO, dedicated filter and amplitude envelopes, and ensemble.
However, none of the competition offers the songwriting tools included within Mellotoon. Music Theory An introduction to music theory is included with Mellotoon. I particularly like the section on chord types, which explains the differences between major and minor chords, dominant and suspended chords, as well as half—diminished and diminished chords.
It even ends with an explanation of what power chords are, and why they work. The final sections show all of the chords used within EZkeys, and provide an introduction to double—sharps and double—flats, explaining why modern musicians tend to find ways around using these.
Pros The educational aspects of EZkeys are more interesting than you might imagine. While not an accurate recreation of the Mellotron, it sounds nice.
The documentation was written for earlier piano versions of EZkeys. Summary The EZkeys family is a set of songwriting tools and educational aids, and I can see it helping novice songwriters to develop their skills. Prices include VAT.
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EZkeys Mellotoon is based on the Mellotron keyboard introduced in the early s. This unique instrument was the first of its kind to include samples of real instruments, but as opposed to the modern-day digital sampler, the Mellotron pulled them off a magnetic tape loop that ran inside the keyboard. Naturally, it was a revelation from the get-go. Early adopters included the Beatles, the Moody Blues and King Crimson, who all immortalized the unmistakable tone of the Mellotron in numerous hits. Today, this piece of instrument history is enjoying a massive resurgence in a wide range of genres. EZkeys Mellotoon captures the essence of this one-of-a-kind keyboard and comes with 15 individual instruments, carefully sampled directly from a model M Mellotron using a blend of direct and amped signals.
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