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Mellotron XL

By Markus Resch

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The Mellotron is a keyboard instrument that uses magnetic tape to play back recordings where each key has one tape. When you press a key, the tape starts and the corresponding pre-recorded note or sound is played back. When you release the key the tape is quickly rewound back to the start point.

Invented in 1950 by the American, Harry Chamberlin, it became popular among recording musicians when it was manufactured in the UK as the "Mellotron" (a hyphenation of "melody-electronics").

Before the introduction of digital samplers, this was the only way for keyboardists to play real instrument sounds like strings, flutes, rhythm ensembles and sound effects from a keyboard instrument.

Few people know about Mellotrons and Chamberlins, but almost everybody has heard the sounds they produce. Among the most well-known tracks are BeatIes "Strawberry Fields Forewer" (flute), Moody Blues "Nights in White Satin" (3 violins), Oasis "Wonderwall" (cello), Radiohead "Exit Music for a Film" (choir), Lana del Rey "Ride" (Chamberlin flute).

This is the only Mellotron app with sounds from the original library. This is the Mellotron XL app, it contains 18 sounds from both the Mellotron and Chamberlin library plus emulations of the characteristics of different Mellotron and Chamberlin models.

We at have collected, conserved and improved Mellotrons since 1989, and have been making tape Mellotrons since 1999 (the MkVI and MkVII). Please check out our website for a more complete history, real hardware instruments, our new digital M4000D Mellotron and M4000D Mini, tapes from the original masters, parts, service and lots of more info.


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Customer Reviews

Amaze O Tron

What I have in my hand now are Mellotron sounds by pressing buttons on my phone. I can record this by running an aux cable out of my headphone jack to make berserk Mellotron sample compositions. Lacking the true presence and vibration of the original instrument obviously but seriously who cares when you have a 8 dollar iMellotron. Just run these samples through a wonky cabinet or something to get some physicality. 20 star app.

I loved this app...

... until the sound stopped working. I had this app for a month and really enjoyed having access to the mellotron sounds at any given time. But for a week now there has been no sound and sometimes when I open the app a message pops up that reads something like: "the developers of this app need to update ...etc". So yea this app was awesome but is quite useless right now.


Moved up to a 6+ and now the sound is all distorted

Mellotron XL
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $7.99
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 154 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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