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Mello Zone

Sound Module Plugin by Masterbits
Mello Zone
Mello Zone by Masterbits is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and Soundware (samples or presets that load into other products) for macOS and Windows. It includes, and is therefore "powered by", SampleTank, which functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and an RTAS Plugin.
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A fully featured sample library for use in the included SampleTank LE Sound Module/Sample Player.

This library is based on over 800 carefully selected single recordings in half tone steps, produced by the Mellotron collector and specialist Klaus Hoffmann-Hook. Just like the original the "FRAMES” were converted into ready to play SampleTank sets. Each frame set contains 23 / 35 multi samples, which means one sample per loop to completely avoid unwanted side effects and to secure an absolutely authentic Mellotron sound.

Central are the legendary choir sounds with 10 ST Instruments as well as the well-known string Sounds (7 ST Instruments), which have reappeared as hits in the charts again and again. This Vintage Sound Library, which contains 26 frames, is then rounded off by additional classics like various flute & brass sound sets.


  • Compatible with both Mac and PC - VST and MAS.
  • Sampler/Synth synthesis engine with 32 bit floating point processing.
  • 128 notes polyphony (CPU dependent).
  • 4 midi channels per instance.
  • 1 stereo output per instance.
  • 4 effects per voice selectable among 20 DSP effects including Reverb, Delays, Chorus, Distortion, EQ & Compression, Wah Wah, Auto Pan, Tremolo, Rotary Speaker Simulation and more.
  • Expandable with any Sample Tank format sound libraries.
  • Fully compatible with any other Sample Tank product including Sample Tank XL for expanding your Sample Tank system.

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Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

Mello Zone
Reviewed By Jayman#9
December 11th, 2002

I've always wanted a Mellotron and didn't even reallize it. I've always loved the chior sounds from Radiohead's Exit Music (OK Computer), the strings from various Yes tunes and of coarse the flute from The Beatles (Magical Mystery Tour). When I figured out that those were Mellotron sounds, I had to have it.

OK, to start, instalation is not fun. Sampletank (an LE version comes with the Mello Zone Pack) requires a painful online auth process that is not user friendly. I hade no problems but if I didn't have so much computer experience, I'd have a hard time setting this puppy up. I just like to install a product and use it right away (not dink around on the net for 30min!). Also note the I had to download the RTAS version So I could use it in Protools (5.3.1). The packaged install CD only had the VST and MAS version. But it's worth it!

The sounds are top notch. I patched in Windows media player into Protools and played along with Stawberry Fields. WOW... SPOT ON!!!! The sounds have all the wow, flutter, hiss and pops of the original tape banks and the sounds cut out after 7 or 8 secs (again, like the original). Even the sounds I'm not familiar with are very usable. Like the organ and the brass sounds. The overall vibe of the sounds are VERY analog. The only thing I don't like is that the original tape banks had 25-35 notes, the Mello Zone plays all of the original notes (1 sample per note) as well as the extended notes by pitching down (and up) the bottom and top sample to extend the full range of your keyboard. To most, this is a bonus. But I like to keep it real.

Now I love the Sampletank interface. I gave it a 10 for simplicity. Most people hate it though. I can't stand it when plugins have that cheesy futuristic look. Sampletank keeps it simple.

I gave an 8 for features becauase the internal FX are quite good. And I really like the search feature. Each patch has EQ, attack, release and filter knobs as well.

I'm overall impressed (well worth the $$$).
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