GForce has updated their old Mellotron emulation M-Tron, and this time it has a “Pro” in the name! OK, so perhaps the name itself doesn’t make it better, but I got to say, this thing looks pretty interesting.

The M-Tron Pro is based around a 3.5GB sound library with over 200 tape banks (“sample sets”, explains GForce, I wish all companies had a standard for this). The banks from the original M-Tron is included. Interestingly 19 of which have been remastered at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios. Pretty cool. More on the Abbey Road mastering below.

If you “open the lid” you gain access to editing controls for layers, splits, reverse, halfspeed and more for further tweaking. Among the more esoteric tweakable goodies included are tape reverse, tape half-speed and the more synth-like section with LFO, and filters and such.

Are you not familiar with the original – the Mellotron? I’ll let GForce explain it:

When pressed, each key engaged playback of a discrete strip of tape containing an eight-second recording of that note played on an instrument such as a violin. The tape rewound after key release. The lack of looping forced the player to adapt his playing style giving the instrument a unique playing characteristic in addition to its already distinct sound. The more commercial models featured the ability to switch between three different sound sets within the installed tape bank — and adventurous owners were able to physically swap tape banks with care and patience.

Oh, and did I mention it includes Optigan sounds? Wicked.

There are plenty of audio demos here, and you can see a video introduction as well as a clip of the mastering at Abbey Roads here on the GForce website.