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Nord Release Original Mellotron Master Tapes - Free Download!

Published: Fri November 07, 2014  News Feed
Remember the opening flute sounds of The Beatles' 'Strawberry Fields Forever'? The cello sound on Oasis' 'Wonderwall'? The intro of 'Watcher In The Skies' by Genesis? All of those songs used a Mellotron, just like many other classic tunes by several artists such as Roxy Music, King Crimson, Tangerine Dream, OMD and Black Sabbath. Now, Nord have released the Original Mellotron Master Tapes, with rare and unreleased masters added to the free Nord Sample Library!

Mellotron Master Tapes

Nord Keyboards are very proud to announce exclusive original Master Tape recordings that were used to produce the legendary sounds of the Mellotron.  The instrument can be considered the "original sampler", except that, unlike its modern counterparts, it used tapes! It was developed in Birmingham in 1963, and went on to be used by some of the biggest acts in the world.

When a Mellotron key is pressed, a tape connected to it is pushed against a playback head, like a tape recorder. While the key remains depressed, the tape is drawn over the head, and a sound is played. When the key is released, a spring pulls the tape back to its original position. A variety of sounds were available on the instrument.

Although the Mellotron was designed to reproduce the sound of the original instrument, replaying a tape created minor variations in pitch and amplitude (known as wow and flutter respectively), so a note sounds slightly different each time it is played. Pressing a key harder allows the head to come into contact under greater pressure, to the extent that a Mellotron responds to aftertouch. It was an innovative and exquisite instrument, and, bizarrely, some of the first users were not the popstars who made it famous, but Princess Margaret, Peter Sellers, King Hussein of Jordan and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard!

John Lennon and his Mellotron

Mellotron... Resurrected
A new addition to the free-to-download Nord Sample Library, the Mellotron Master Tapes include unreleased sounds, rhythms and fills, and unique custom-made sounds for specific artists.  The Nord Sample Library is compatible with the Nord Stage 2, Nord Electro 4, Nord Electro 3, Nord Piano 2 and Nord Wave. Another great reason to buy a Nord keyboard!

Unreleased Sounds
The Master Tapes offer high fidelity versions of the classic Mellotron sounds, as well as several previously unreleased Mellotron sounds and ultra-rare custom made sounds for Yes, Roxy Music, Black Sabbath and Tangerine Dream and more. We are also happy to finally include the charming Rhythms and Fills from the Mellotron MK I and MK II.

Rhythm and Fills
The idea behind the Rhythms and Fills were to let common people sound like professional musicians with a minimum of effort. By pressing a single key you’d have a complete old school rhythm section playing in your living room. Each Rhythm has corresponding Fills with Strings, Brass, Harps and more that fits magically together with the accompaniment.

Unique Custom made Artist Sounds
In the abandoned Mellotron storage facility in Birmingham, a number of extremely rare tapes were discovered. These sounds were custom made for bands like Roxy Music, Yes, Tangerine Dream and Black Sabbath specially created for use on stage, covering both leads and sound effects.

TOP 5 MELLOTRON SONGS:

1) The Beatles, Strawberry Fields Forever


2) Oasis, Wonderwall


3) Genesis, Watcher of the Skies


4)
Radiohead, Exit Music (For A Film)


5) Roxy Music, Ladytron


HEAR: THE NEW NORD MELLOTRON MASTER TAPES SOUNDS IN ACTION
Check out Erik "Errka" Petersson having fun with some of the new sounds from the Master Tapes collection!




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