Recreating The Beatles' Iconic Sounds
The Concert, The Sounds
My particular thing was to cover some of the rarer sounds, so the Mellotron was going to have to be a sample.
I’d just found the Arturia sample and absolutely loved it. Out the box it was pretty much perfect. It was instantly the sound that takes you back to The Beatles.
Everything ended coming out of the box because it’s just so much more reliable now and some of those older instruments are quite old now and there’s a lot of noise on them and things. We could have brought a real Mellotron in and worked it up but just the essence of out the box, that sounds great, the fit in the orchestra setting and everybody happy with the cleanliness of it, and it sounds authentic, it doesn’t sound like a brand new sample.
It sounds like you’re playing a Mellotron from the 60’s
Connecting the KeyLab MkII
They way it speaks so each other is a Godsend in terms of you’re not spending hours trying to assign that, then it gets switched off and you need to reassign everything, it’s all just there and it all works and that’s what I love about it.” “You find your presets in the bank, you’ve got everything there. It feels like the sound is coming out of the keyboard instead of from a laptop.
I love the white color as well, it stands out, makes it different.
Being a Beatles Fan
The Beatles changed music, I think. I always been a massive fan, my dad was a big Beatles fan, I remember listening to Sgt. Pepper’s when I was a kid. I still listen to that album regularly because I find new things in it.
50, almost 60 years on we’re still listening to it, and it’s still influencing people. For instance, if you play that Strawberry Fields intro people go, “Oh wow, that’s really cool.
What came across in The Beatles concert was the difference in tracks, it wasn’t ‘one style fits all’, the chord progressions, they’re not 3 chord tricks, some of the things like Long and Winding Road and In My Life, it’s amazing music.
With the Mellotron V and the KeyLab MkII, it was pretty much perfect.”