Now available from the Packs page, Microtron is a new Pack that captures the dream-like wind, string and brass sounds famously heard in tracks like the Beatles’ ‘Strawberry Fields’ and David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’. If you’re searching for a source of realistic orchestral sounds for your music, well… frankly, these aren’t the sounds you’re looking for.
The Mellotron wasn’t known for its precision or reliability. A forerunner to the first samplers, it worked by playing back recordings of various instruments made on magnetic tapes – tapes that were susceptible to stretching and wearing. The instrument’s playback motor tended to drag, resulting in slightly flat notes. And since each of the 35 keys had individual tapeheads and other components, attempting to tune or maintain it was a nightmarish task.