[Harp-L] ElectroHarmonix MEL9 Mellotron

Gary Lehmann gnarlyheman@xxxxx
Tue Sep 13 14:25:21 EDT 2016

>From http://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/electro-harmonix-mel9
"As far as I can tell, in all these ‘transformative’ EHX pedals, the sounds
always start life as waveforms taken from the guitar strings, but some
clever polyphonic pitch-tracking filters combine with pitch-shifting to
allow both single notes and chords to be processed in real time to make
them sound, in the case of the B9 and C9, like electronic organs or, in the
case of the Key9, like electric pianos."
Sounds like a multeffector to me, albeit a very specialized one.
Haven't heard it yet, but sound like fun!
Thanks all,

On Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 10:51 AM, Richard Hunter <turtlehill at xxxxx>

> Hi all,
> I read with interest Robert Hale's recent comments on the ElectroHarmonix
> MEL9 Mellotron emulator.  I trust everyone reading this understands that
> this device is not a multi-FX processor like a Digitech RP or Zoom G3; it's
> an instrument that generates Mellotron-ish tones from whatever sound source
> is input to it. A Multi-FX processor coupled with a harmonica produces
> sounds that in most cases clearly started with a harmonica; the MEL9
> produces the tones of a different instrument when a harmonica (or anything
> else) is input to it.
> In this sense the MEL9, like the Hammond organ emulator that
> ElectroHarmonix sells, is an example of the 21st century concept of an
> instrument--that any instrument, in addition to (or instead of) being a
> sound generator in its own right, is also (at least potentially) a
> controller for entirely different sound generating devices and processes.
> I think it's very cool that the technology has advanced to the point that
> such devices track pitch, timbre, and attack well enough to produce a
> convincing, musical non-harmonica tone from a harmonica input, and I fully
> intend to check this thing out when I get the chance.  The roles that a
> harmonica can play in a band keep getting bigger.  Cool.
> Regards, Richard Hunter
> 21st century rock harmonica record project "The Lucky One" at
> https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/richard-hunter-s-the-
> lucky-one/x/5259889#/
> author, "Jazz Harp" (Oak Publications, NYC)
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