Let’s face it, if George Martin and the Beatles got together today they’d be making music with their phones. And for Strawberry Fields Forever all they’d need is Mellotronics Streetlytron Pro for those classic flute sounds.
Mellotronics Streetlytron Pro
Developer Omenie has taken 65 tapes from the Streetly Electronics Production Masters catalogue, plus another 25 from Sopranotron 2 and squeezed them onto your iPad or iPhone. In fact it’s going to take up 1.7GB if space which might be alarming if you are running an older device.
The Streetly Electronics Masters are exactly the same tapes that ship with their $8000 M4000 Mellotron. For this new version the tapes have been sampled at 33.075kHz giving more definition and authentic tape hiss. The samples appear in their original 8-second, unlooped state with a unique sample for every key of a 35 note range. They’ve added a “loop” button to crash you through those authentic limitations. Apparently, Streetlytron Pro Edition uses an advanced cubic spline interpolator, to delivery premium sonic quality when pitch bending or retuning.
The Sopranotron samples are Omenie’s own collection of recordings of the voice of Caitlin Downie and the violin playing of Claire Lindley.
The app offers and 3-octave on-screen keyboard or you can add a MIDI keyboard by the usual iOS means. Every internal control can be accessed via MIDI, of which there are only a couple like pitch and tone. They’ve included a generously sized reverb with full MIDI control to generate immersive spaces. And you can save your tweaks in one of up to eight user slots.
If you’ve got the room on your iPhone then you’ll not find a more comprehensive or authentic take on the classic Mellotron.