Flutes, strings, brass, organs, choirs — if you wanted these sounds in the 1960s, the Mellotron was the only solution short of hiring section players.
Its unheard-of realism was infused with the quirks of each key playing a moving analog tape, creating a sound that went down in history with The Beatles, The Moody Blues, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and countless others. Mellotron V brings that history, with every beautiful sonic imperfection, to your musical future.
Everything Is Real
In the 1960s, sampling wasn’t yet even a fantasy. But what if you could cross a tape player with a musical instrument? That’s the Mellotron, and it literally rewrote the rules for what keyboards could do.
The idea was genius: a bank of tapes, one for each note, in a cabinet with a keyboard on it. Pressing a key pushes a play head onto the tape, triggering the recorded sound. Finicky? Very. Expensive? Half the price of a starter home in the UK in the ’60s. Perfect sound? Not even. But it captured musicians’ imaginations at the exact time rock music was going high-concept and welcoming artistic influences.Discover the history of Mellotron
Purists will love Mellotron V’s authentic, uncluttered interface.
Unlike the synths and samplers that would come later, the Mellotron didn’t resemble the helm of a spaceship. We kept that look, but with deep FX power just a click away.
01. Roll Tape
Mellotron V’s keyboard response duplicates the unique attack phase of the play head connecting with tape with utmost accuracy.
02. Good Things Come in Threes
Choose between the A, B, and C sounds on the loaded “tape” or select a blend of all three — something not possible on the hardware.
03. Tune your ’Tron
The simple Tone control applies the same EQ curve as on the original. Simulate varying the tape speed with the Pitch knob.
04. Stompbox FX
Vastly expand Mellotron V’s sonic palette with four FX slots, each of which lets you choose from 13 essential pedals.
05. Spin Doctor
We may not be the first to think of running a Mellotron through a rotary speaker or Twin Amp, but we’re definitely the first to make it this easy!
06. Inner Space
Set your Mellotron in gorgeous virtual acoustic spaces with our state-of-the-art convolution reverb — without leaving the plug-in.
The best of
Mellotron V goes way beyond sampling to give you the most authentic, versatile, and straight-up usable emulation ever..
Our proprietary technology reproduces the electro-acoustic behavior of the original Mellotron at component level. The reason it sounds so recognizable is because we reverse-engineered the actual tape system, right down to the transport and tape heads. That means you can even dial in the amount of tape flutter, tape saturation and mechanical noise you want, along with the beautifully crisp preamp and electronics that perfected its classic sound.
No expense was spared seeking out mint Mellotrons and tapes, including the M400 production unit and all its predecessors. With the finest sampling technology, those timeless sounds have been translated and preserved digitally with Mellotron V - now they’re yours to craft your own musical music with.
And then some
Load any instrument sounds you want from the built-in library into the three tape tracks in whatever combination you want. Dial in a mix of any two adjacent tracks, or use the mod wheel to perform crossfades across all three. Effortlessly set up splits and layers complete with multiple instruments on each track. Whether in the studio or on stage, Mellotron V perfectly balances the original’s coveted character with the cutting-edge flexibility your creative flow deserves.
In addition to FX, we added the kind of high-key control over your sound that no hardware Mellotron ever offered.
The Advanced panel lets you dial in exactly as much lo-fi tape character as you want, manage and edit samples, and more.
Shape the volume curve with a synth-like envelope, achieving crisper attacks and longer tails than the original.
Decide how much like road-worn tape Mellotron V sounds, not to mention the loudness of the Mellotron’s signature mechanical noises.
Make your tapes velocity-sensitive and bring in a bit of tape flutter using aftertouch for truly expressive playing.
Crossfade, blend, and zone Mellotron V’s three virtual tapes across the keyboard.
Edit, trim, loop, mix, and pan the samples on the virtual tapes in the integrated editor. There are even independent envelopes for each of the three tapes.
Load authentic vintage tapes onto each of the three tracks — or load your own samples for maximum creativity.
Let these demos from talented and creative souls in the Arturia community take you down to days of future passed. They’re just the beginning of where Mellotron V can go.
The HorrorsThe Mellotron V is a wonky tape dream. Being able to add more character to the sound puts this ahead of other Mellotron emulations and gives some very old sounds a fresh perspective.
ProducerThere’s nothing like a Mellotron. Anytime I put my hands on the keyboard, I feel the instant vibe of so many records who used it. I personally love what it does to strings and choirs.
Writer / ProducerThe Mellotron V by Arturia is unmatched to any other tron soft synth out there. Undoubtedly first in its class. It's an incredible feat to have it sound this good!
Producer / EngineerThe Mellotron V is SO useable and instantly inspiring, the layering feature being key.
Jade BirdI’ve played the real thing countless times and to my ear this is the closest you could ever get to it. I can’t imagine a single track this wouldn’t benefit from!
Shit RobotI’ve been toying around with mellotron choir samples for years now and finally it feels like I have the real deal right here. It sounds amazing right out of the gate but things start to get really interesting when you pop the hood.
Snow PatrolThe presets are amazing, the Beatles kind of sounds - they're spot-on.
OneRepublic / KygoMellotron V is another go to! The tape saturation, the flutter and the mechanics section is so good to create lo-fi, haunting textures and vibes! The flutes or vocals sounds are classic!
DJ / ProducerWe have used a real M400 in the studio quite a few times and I really got used to how it sounds, this plugin is so spot on I can hardly tell the difference at all! The mandolins are an absolute must to elevate a chorus!
La FemmeMellotron Samples are very clean and there is not much noise! I never heard before a mellotron samples that is so accurate. It’s insane!
Legendary Keyboards Reinvented
This instrument is also part of the V Collection -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.Learn More
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65 original tape racks from MKI/MKII/M300/M400 Mellotrons
User sample import: benefit from the Mellotron sound on any sample
3 tracks to select or blend samples
Modeling parameters and modulations: flutter, tape saturation, mechanics noise, noise floor, velocity on volume and aftertouch on flutter
Amplitude envelope and loop controls for each sample
Time stretching on user samples
Dedicated effects pedal board
- 4 slots with a selection of 10 different effects
- 1 amplifier simulator (Fender Twin or Leslie)
- 1 room ambiance
- LFO with 7 waveforms
- 1 Noise Generator
- 1 VCA
- 1 Mixer
- 1 external audio input and 1 external oscillator and filter modulation input
- Win 10+ (64bit)
- 4 GB RAM
- 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost)
- 3GB free hard disk space
- OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
- ARM processors not supported on Windows
- Works in Standalone, VST, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).
- Mac OS 11+
- 4 GB RAM
- 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost) or M1 CPU
- 3GB free hard disk space
- OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
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