NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures

14th Jan 2010 | 19:42

NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures
New Mellotron
The new digital Mellotron on top of an analogue Mellotron Mk VI, exhibited at the Big City Music stand at NAMM 2010
NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures
Analogue Mellotron
The Mellotron Mk VI is fully analogue and is, of course, powered by...
NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures
Under the hood
...tape loops! How cool does that look?!
NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures
New digital Mellotron
This one's new for the NAMM show
NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures
Digital Mellotron keyboard
The keys are finished just like those of a piano, with wood grain visible on the black notes
NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures
Live tweaking
Using the mix control to blend sounds
NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures
The back panel
Connectivity ahoy!
NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures
Analogue Systems 8500
Elsewhere on the Big CIty Music stand, we find this modular monstrosity
NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures
Frequency Shifter
An unbelievably cool-looking massive knob
NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures
Polyphonic generator unit
Hang on a second, 'Analogue' Systems... is that a MIDI unit?!
NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures
French Connection
Pretty much the only Ondes Martenot-a-like CV controller on the market
NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures
Sliding Ring
The Ondes Martenot is famous for its sliding ring controller, which (on the French Connection) outputs a CV
NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures
Control Panel
The French Connection costs around £1000, although a cut-down unit called the Demon will set you back £550
NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures
More modular madness
Not only is it cool but it slips right inside a laptop bag too...
NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures
Cwejam units
Started in the '70s, Cwejman is still going strong
NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures
Wiard units
Borg Filter? We hope Wiard aren't suggesting that modular synthesists are mostly nerdy-looking Star Trek geeks... ahem.
NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures
Metasonix units
Available in yellow, apparently
NAMM 2010: New Mellotron plus modular madness in pictures
Crazy effects
Big City has some nice boutique-y modules on show, too

A tour of the Big City Music stand

The new digital Mellotron on top of an analogue Mellotron Mk VI, exhibited at the Big City Music stand at NAMM 2010

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