Read the first prereview on THE ACTIVE LISTENER.
Read the first prereview on THE ACTIVE LISTENER.
Finally it’s here, the M4000D in its full glory! It is a 24-bit digital uncompressed audio playback unit with a total of 100 Chamberlin/Mellotron sounds. The machine is built by Markus Resch, who also build real Mellotrons since 1999 (Mark VI & VII). For more infos visit mellotron.com.
The M4000D has many options in how you want to play the sounds. For example you can play the sounds with a tape rewind simulation. When you play the same note in a short delay (you can set the exact rewind time in milliseconds), then the sound will continue playing from where you stopped it. The original Chamberlins & Mellotrons had to rewind each tape when pressed back to the start, because the duration of the tape was only around 8 seconds long.
You can also set the attack & release time in milliseconds and even where the tape should start playing.
Inside the M4000D
Sturdy wooden high-velocity keyboard
Instant tape banks in digital form
The panel display
Chamberlin – Music Master & M1 (early 50’s)
Flute, Bass Clarinet, Open Trumpet, 3 Violins, Alto Sax, Open Trombone, Piano, Vibraphone, Acoustic Guitar, Muted Trombone, 4 Saxes, Muted Trumpet, Mandolin, Marimba, 4 Brass, Accordion, Male Voice, Pizzicato Violins
Cello, Female Solo Voice, Accordion, Bassoon, Tenor Sax, Oboe, French Horn, Open Trumpet, Organ, Tibia Organ, Harpsichord Electric, Harpsichord Acoustic, Marimba, Vibraphone, Mandolin, Steel guitar, Harp Long Arpreggio
Mellotron – Mark I (1963)
Clarinet, Mandolin, French Horn, Acoustic Nylon Guitar, Organ, Marimba, Piano, Trombone, Tenor Sax, Trumpet, Hammond Organ, Harpsichord/Brass Split, Tibia Organ, Reverb Organ, Church Organ
Mellotron – Mark I (1964)
Flute, Rock Guitar, Organ 1, 3 Violins, Brass, Tenor Sax, Acoustic Steel Guitar, Piano, Vibraphone, Trombone, Muted Brass, Mandolin, Organ 2, Harpsichord, Tibia Organ, French Accordion, Accordion, Church Organ
Mellotron – M300 (1968)
Strings A High, Strings A Low, Strings B High, Strings B Low, Slow Vibraphone, Clarinet
Mellotron – M400 (1970)
3 Violins B, 16 Violins, Violin Solo, Viola, Cello, Cello B, 8 Voice Choir, 4 Voice Female Choir, 4 Voice Male Choir, Boys Choir, Mixed Custom Choir, Bass Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Bassoon, Alto Sax, 2 Saxes, 2 Brass, Hammond C3, Pipe Organ, Celeste 66, Celeste 74, Clavichord, Vibes with Vibrato, Vibes no Vibrato, Tubular Bells
IN, OUT, THRU
Special Format Expansion Card
There will be an Expansion Card with 200 additional Tape Banks
XLR Master, Direct A, Direct B
Jack Master, Direct A, Direct B, Phones (Stereo Output)
Sustain, Volume Pedal, Expression 1, Expression 2
My Serial Number
Mellotron power supply (12V)
Mellotron & minimoog – a happy couple!
Digital vs. tape-based Mellotron
The M4000D tunes so “real” compared to the tape-based Mellotron, that you forget that it’s actually a digital sampling unit. Of course you don’t get the noise of the tape bank mechanism or the slightly out-of-tune pitch timbre when playing several keys together.
The analogue Mellotrons are actually very sensitive and a careless handling of the machine could occur several mechanical problems. Smoke, temperature and humidity also play a huge factor.
The pro side of the M4000D is that you have 100 sounds already built-in. These instruments can be changed immediately by a simple knob-touch and the combination of two sounds (A & B) can be set and mixed individually. And they always tune fresh and unused!
With the M4000D you also can play the sounds in low pitch, which means an octave deeper. A sustain play option is planned in future etc…
The M4000D has a position sensitive keyboard, which means each key is in principle a volume control. This is to emulate the effect of the Mellotron and espesially the M-series Chamberlin where you could control the volume of the notes, depending on how hard you pressed the tape on the tape head.
The sounds which are built in this unit are sampled from the original Chamberlin/Mellotron tape libraries in uncompressed 24-bit resolution. Advanced technology has been used to emulate the sounds of the Chamberlin and Mellotron. This means that you can play Mellotron sounds in both Mellotron and Chamberlin style. The same applies of course to the Chamberlin sounds.
There’s an interesting Mellotron documentary called “Mellodrama”, which is available on DVD. Watch the trailer and get more infos here.
Gravity Lander PRO takes you on an acrobatic flight into space
Help three Cosmonauts on their mission to master gravity and debris
cluttering the landing bases. Beware of obstacles like bumpers, wheels, lifts, explosives, trampolines and debris on your flight down to the base.
Use boosts and tilt your device for a new action experience.
Acrobatic steering skills and a healthy portion of luck will help you
to succeed the 100 missions.
• Seriously addictive and intuitive physics gameplay
• 100 missions from training, easy, casual, tricky to hard
• Retro space graphics by swiss design studio Büro Destruct
• Cosmic analog synthesizer soundtrack by Balduin
Roger Roger’s biography, like his name, is a fascinating one.
He was born August 5, 1911. To satisfy a personal whim, his father, Edmond Roger, named the child Roger. Since this duplicated his last name, the result was the odd and memorable double name ROGER ROGER.
Edmond Roger was a well-known opera conductor. He had been a classmate of Claude Debussy, and had shared with him first prizes for piano, violin and harmony at the Paris Conservatory of Music. Thus began young Roger’s musical education at an early age; he taught the boy piano, harmony, counterpoint, and the fugue, and launched his career as a precocious orchestra leader. At the age of eighteen, ROGER ROGER made his debut conducting a five-man orchestra in a small music hall. This gave him the opportunity to accompany well-known artists and play all the hit tunes of the day.
It did not take long for ROGER ROGER to get into Radio and Motion-Pictures; soon he devoted much of his time recording. From then on his orchestra grew larger; he composed works for more than fifty programmes here, over the different networks of Radio – Television Francaise, as well as those of Radio Luxembourg and Radio Monte Carlo, and appeared on many in person. He has composed the scores for more than fife hundred film productions, many of which have been featured in the United States. At the present time a great deal of Roger’s activity is centered around T.V. Meanwhile he is constantly striving to make his compositions more and more destinctive and increasingly original.
JAYCEE Records have the pleasure of inviting you to climb aboard the “CHATTAMOOGA CHOO CHOO” and joining ROGER ROGER on an interesting journey in electronic sound.
All composed and played by – ROGER ROGER
All published by – EROS MUSIC LIMITED
Produced by Roger Roger and Nino Nardini
Synthesizers used in this record:
2. PUTNEY VCS3.
3. Special Custom.
A1 Chattamooga Chew Chew
A2 Canadian Specific
A3 Clapham Junction
A4 Willett’s Way
A5 Two Stop Local
A6 Moogy Blues
A7 Southern Belle
B1 Pullman Special
B2 Goofy Goes To Town
B3 Downline Calypso
B4 Rockin Ride
B5 Double Yellow Line
B6 Blueball Shunt
B7 Loco Tarta
Here’s a great reason to start the brand new year 2011 with Jean Jacques Perrey’s happy Moog music!
I absolutely love “Kiddy Kappers” and “Go-Go Scotch” from this fantastic rare album called MOOG GENERATION, released on the well known label “Montparnasse 2000”.
A1 Fusee Dans Le Ciel
A2 Bal Campagnard
A3 L’Horloge Hantee
A4 Kiddy Kappers
A5 Le Delfile Des Moustiques
B1 Pizzicato Polka
B2 Go-Go Scotch
B3 Un Soir A Munich
B4 Glockenspiel Gavotte
B5 Kiyouli Le Clown
I really can’t understand why this and many other albums haven’t been released on CD yet!
Jean Jacques Perrey dedicated this and many other early albums to his daughter named “Pat Prilly”. In fact, some of the tracks are even credited with her name!
MOOG GENERATION & HAPPY MOOG is a must for all Moog library music lovers.
Thanks for your happy music Ms. Prilly, Mr. Perrey and Mr. Breuer!
By the way, there’s a famous swiss tv program called “KASSENSTURZ”. The original jingle is from Perrey’s album “MOOG EXPRESSIONS” and is called “Cardiophonie”. The new version has got overdubbed and remixed with a drum ‘n’ bass beat, which i feel terribly sorry for Perrey’s original version.
Buit 1971 by EMS (London)
Designer: David Cockerell
Check out this Blog, if you love EMS Synths!
We are ever so clean is the first album by The Blossom Toes, released in October 1967. The album was produced by Giorgio Gomelsky.
It was voted to be Number 40 of Record Collector’s “100 Greatest Psychedelic Records”.
Richie Unterberger: “One of the happiest, most underappreciated relics of British psychedelia”
All these electrical thingamajigs! You gotta be careful with all these buttons.