EZkeys Mellotoon is based on the Mellotron keyboard introduced in the early 1960s. This unique instrument was the first of its kind to include samples of real instruments, but as opposed to the modern-day digital sampler, the Mellotron pulled them off a magnetic tape loop that ran inside the keyboard. It came with various sounds for piano, strings, flutes, brass and is likely best described as the first-ever "band in a box". Naturally, it was a revelation from the get-go. Today, this piece of instrument history is enjoying a massive resurgence in a wide range of genres.
EZkeys Mellotoon captures the essence of this one-of-a-kind keyboard and comes with 15 individual instruments, carefully sampled directly from a model M400 Mellotron using a blend of direct and amped signals. On top of that, it includes a generous selection of custom effect and sound chain presets.
Of course Mellotoon incorporates the powerful songwriting features of the EZkeys engine. Transpose full MIDI tracks on the fly, add playing styles from other MIDI or use the EZkeys Chord Wheel to customize chord voicing and harmonic color – and much more.
EZkeys Mellotoon is available now for €159 (or €69 as a Sound Expansion for another EZkeys product).
EZkeys Keys & Strings MIDI pack complements EZkeys Mellotoon. It was created with the Mellotron, with its rich palette of sounds and music history in mind. However, it works just as well with any instrument in the EZkeys Line. What sets it apart from some of the other packs in the line is that it comes with two separate but related sections in each song, one for keys and one for strings.
EZkeys Keys & Strings is available now for €25.