Based on the same technology as their recent B9 and C9 Machines pedals, the new Mel9 is Electro Harmonix’s pedal-format Mellotron simulator. This pedal will work on any electric instrument such as guitar, bass or keyboard for example. You just need a regular jack plug to plug into the pedal, meaning that no special pickups or extra hardware are needed.
There are 9 presets that you can choose from and blend with your instrument’s dry signal. These include Orchestra, Cello, Strings, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Brass, Low Choir and High Choir. There are also controls for Attack and Sustain for the chosen sound and another control to set the amount of effect. The Mel9 also has two jack outputs, one for the dry and another for the effected sound. The MEL9 Tape Replay Machine comes with a standard EHX 9.6DC 200mA included.
This might be a neat and compact way of getting passable Mellotron sounds live and in the studio. Obviously, the original Mellotrons now are hard to find, cost a small fortune and are a real pain to service. The video demo below gives a good overview of the pedal and how it tracks the input signal. There are lots of classic Beatles references in the video as well, which show off the pedal quite well, as many people will recognise those now classic sounds from their studio back catalogue.
RRP USD $295.10