Hey what’s good fam!
Back with another review from the fine folks over at UVI
Today I’m checking out Mello
Let’s see what’s up.
So what is Mello?
If you haven’t guessed, it’s an instrument library dedicated to the classic sounds of the Mellotron
This is an instrument from back in the 60s that was really a sampler at heart, at least it was “sample based”
You had keys and a crazy system of tape machines that were attached to each note/key on the keyboard, 8 seconds long.
So each key was basically playing back a single tape “sample”. Crazy stuff, but it’s a classic sound and I for one am a fan, expecially of the flutes and strings.
Well, Mello is UVI’s take on this instrument, from the detailed capturing, to the dedicated interface as well as their own additions, rolled into a ready to play library.
- content: 1.7GB, 12 presets, 28 sounds
- format: UVI Workstation, MachFive 3
- price: $99
- product page: http://www.uvi.net/en/vintage-corner/mello.html
How does it sound?
It sounds old and worn, as you would expect an instrument based on tapes to sound.
If you’re a fan of the Mellotron sound then you will be pleased. For me I really like the key and mechanical noise, as well as the overall sound of the samples themselves.
They didn’t try to “clean it up” but allowed the real character to shine through, or at least what I would imagine the character of such an instrument to be.
It sounds undeniably like tape, and tape that isn’t in the most pristine condition. You can hear some warping and imperfections as you play the sounds but I feel that’s what makes the instrument special.
I liked the addition of the delay, as it really gives you a but of flexibility with the sound. I also like the fact that they allow you to “extend” the range of the keys so play across more octaves than originally intended.
The sound is great, not in a “high quality, super clean” sort of way, but more of a “high quality, character capturing” style.
So what’s the bottom line?
If you like the sounds of a Mellotron, then you will dig this instrument.
I give Mello 4 out of 5 subs, it’s a really great representation of a classic instrument that is instantly playable and ready to be tweaked.
There really isn’t much to say about it in terms of features as it’s pretty straight forward, though the filter, reverb, and delay make it flexible so you’re not just “stuck” with the orignal sound.
Don’t forget, it’s in UVI Workstation, so you can take advantage of the great collection of effects that are in the UVI Workstation itself, to tweak your sound even further.
Go on over and check it out: http://www.uvi.net/en/vintage-corner/mello.html
Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.