Even though samplers have surpassed the Mellotron in flexibility and expressiveness, the quirky, tape-based sounds of the instrument are highly prized by musicians today. Gmedia's M-Tron ($69.95) is a VST instrument for Macintosh and Windows platforms that aims to re-create the Mellotron.
M-Tron uses samples created from original Mellotron tapes to create its 28-bank library of sounds. Among the sounds included are strings, flutes, choirs, mandolins, accordions, vibes, brass, and an assortment of rhythms. As with the original, there are no looped sounds - an individual eight-second sample is played back from each key. When the eight seconds are up, the "tape" rewinds.
Unlike the Mellotron, M-Tron responds to MIDI. Apart from Note On messages, you can control M-Tron's volume, tone, pitch, attack, and release. M-Tron requires a VST 2.0-compatible host program to run. System requirements for the Macintosh are a PPC 603e/200 MHz, Mac OS 8.6, and 64 MB of RAM. Requirements for the PC are a Pentium ll/200 MHz, Windows 98, and 64 MB of RAM. Gmedia Technology; tel. 44-14-9157-7147; fax 44-14-9157-6161; Web www.gmedia.com/gforce.