GForce Software M-Tron

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The M-Tron is a VST instrument for Mac an PC that simulates the classic sound of the Mellotron keyboards. The Mellotron was a rather large keyboard that used tape loops of recorded acoustic instruments to generate it sounds. The Mellotron was famous for its warm and characteristic flute and string sounds especially, and also other choirs and brass sounds. One of the most notable appearances of the Mellotron was in the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever".

The M-Tron recreates this classic sound. It contains 28 classic tape banks including strings, choirs, flutes, brass, and some rhythms. Only one tape bank can be played at a time, but opening up additional M-Tron VST instruments allows you to layer different Mellotron sounds or create an ensemble! New to the Mellotron experience is the addition of two simple envelope controls: attack and release. Otherwise, the M-Tron makes a faithful recreation of the original white box. To truly recreate the sound of the Mellotron, Gmedia sampled each tape individually for each key on the keyboard. These samples are 16-bit and monaural, recorded from various actual Mellotrons, including Radiohead's Mellotron M400.

MTron Box

On the original Mellotron, the tape played for about eight seconds and stopped without looping. This led to inconsistencies in pitch and timbre and it is truly lo-fi by today's standards. It also made playing the Mellotron a tricky skill to master. These qualities could have easily been rectified in this new VST version, however Gmedia remained faithful to the original and maintains the unique lo-fi characteristics. Some modest enhancements have been made however, to bring the Mellotron a little more up to date. MIDI is fully implemented, with control over volume, pitch, tone, envelope attack and release.

A vintage Mellotron is a rare instrument to find, and an expensive one at that ($5,000+). M-Tron is an incredibly inexpensive way to get your hands on the closest thing to a real Mellotron (those brown rings you see above the keyboard in M-Tron's panel are simulated coffee stains, probably from the previous owner...). It looks and sounds just like the original, but is much cheaper and a thousand times easier to maintain - just load it up into your VST program and revisit the sounds of the sixties and seventies!

Check out the snazzy packaging for the M-Tron program. Just like the real thing...but better!

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6 Visitor comments
dream demolition fact
May 28, 2010 @ 2:51 am
Just listening to the Joy Division/New Order back catalogue, can't help noticing that mellotron-like sounds are all over side two of 'Closer' and 'Movement'. No wonder Ian Curtis' mistress complained that 'Closer' sounded like Genesis! This is the key to that sound in a way; you need to combine the doomy, crackly warmth of a mellotron choir with obviously electronic drums (TR 606 or CR78 work well). And don't forget to put loads of Small Clone FX on the bass guitar!
Atomic Shadow
March 2, 2010 @ 10:02 am
The Mtron and now the Mtron Pro are essential tools for any keyboard player or sound designer. It sounds totally real and you can afford to buy it today. Plus- I have a Mellotron in a 9 inch netbook! You can take it anywhere.

All of G Forces stuff sounds superb.
September 20, 2009 @ 8:56 am
The M-Tron Pro is an amazing piece of software. Sick of your tracks sounding like a soulless soft-synth nightmare? Get this!

I particularly like the inclusion of Chamberlain and Optigan presets. Bowie and Eno used a Chamberlain on 'Low', so it would be nice to see future upgrades having a few more of those sounds.

Worth getting just for the Strawberry Fields flute alone. And it's so cheap! Why spend £6000 on a real one when this costs £160?

Use it sparingly though, or you'll end up with a prog-rock nightmare on your hands!
kristien bell-wadge
September 3, 2009 @ 2:12 am
Hi, i have seen a demo of this on You Tube and it looks like a cracking little bit of kit. Very retro-cool rhythm tracks and lovely instrumental sounds - the Chamberlain Harps are to die for! - and i love all the rhythm / accompaniment type sounds on it too. Pretty cool for modern day retro-futurist musicians.
December 1, 2008 @ 7:20 am
The first and the best - get the new Pro version which has more of everything. Mellotron samples just cut through a mix like nothing else.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - All keys play
  • Oscillators - 16-bit mono samples of 28 Tapes: Flutes, Strings, Brass, Choir, Vibes, Accordion, Mandolin, Tremolos, Oboes, and Rhythmic effects; Sounds play for only 8 seconds per key press.
  • LFO - None
  • Filter - Tone control
  • Envelopes - Attack and Release
  • Keyboard - 35 Keys
  • Memory - M-Tron's 28 Tape sounds are all that's available and requires 518MB of hard disk space.
  • Control - MIDI
  • Macintosh - PowerMac 604e 200MHz, 128 Mb RAM, 256K Second Level Cache, MacOS 8.5 or later, VST 2.0 compatible application
  • Windows/PC - Intel Pentium II 300 MHz, 96Mb RAM, VST 2.0 compatible application
  • Date Produced - 2000

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