Mellotron Sounds From A Stompbox

Electro-Harmonix introduces the Mel9 Tape Replay Machine   16-Mar-16

EHX tells us that their new MEL9 Tape Replay Machine emulates vintage Mellotron sounds using the same groundbreaking technology that powers the award-winning B9 and C9 Organ Machines, plus the KEY9 Electric Piano Machine.

A spokesperson told us, "While the Orchestra setting is worth the price of admission alone, the Mel9 features 9 famous vintage sounds that will take your guitar to tonal territory once reserved only for the keyboard."


  • Pays homage to nine of the coolest Mellotron® sounds: Orchestra, Cello, Strings, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Brass, Low Choir and High Choir
  • Works on guitar without modifications, special pickups or MIDI implementation and tracks bends, slides, even whammy dive bombs
  • Also works with bass guitar down do the open A string as well as keyboards
  • Includes independent Effect and Dry volume controls so you can create the perfect mix at the Effects output
  • Dry Output jack outputs your input signal at unity gain
  • Attack control sets the volume swell speed. As it's turned clockwise the notes fade in more gradually
  • Sustain control adjusts the release time after a sound is stopped. As it's turned clockwise, the fade out time increase
  • Comes with a standard EHX 9.6DC200mA PSU
  • Dimensions in inches: 4.0 (w) x 4.75 (l) x 2.25 (h)
  • Dimensions in mm: 102 (w) x 121 (l) x 89 (h)


Pricing and Availability:
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brianfromusa    Said...

Mind boggling

16-Mar-16 07:34 AM

Grantham    Said...

Some of those sounds were great.

Have to attest though, I bought the B9 and C9 and sold them off after a few months. I found trying to play guitar lines through them rarely sounded great, way too any artifacts (indeed sometimes even no string being played resulted in some or other frequency being picked up and unwanted sounds appearing). If you tried to simulate a keyboard style you could get some good results on certain presets, but at that point you'd be better just using a keyboard

Strings, Flute and Choir on this sounded amazing. Might be worth a look...pricey pedals for sure though

16-Mar-16 08:55 AM

Vincent Garrett    Said...

Is it possible to mix two sounds like the original Mellotron ?

16-Mar-16 09:46 AM

Stubblebine    Said...

Day 1 essential purchase. I know everyone has a different budget, but £179 is not a pricey pedal at all, it wouldn't even buy you half a Pitchfactor.

16-Mar-16 10:55 AM

Byron    Said...

I think this should be in the realm of a $150 pedal, I too owned the B9 and usability could vary depending on the tone feeding into it (if you put an engaged pedal before it you do tend to get a lot of unwanted tones smooshed into what you are playing).

Think I'll wait for the regular buyer demos to show up on YouTube, dont know what post production EHX do on their videos but the tone on them is rarely exactly accurate to the units. Want to see if there are indeed a lot of unwanted bleeding tones on the Mello thing.

16-Mar-16 01:03 PM

Eduardo    Said...

Freaking amazing!

20-Mar-16 12:01 AM

BigJoeScientist    Said...

This is a second-hand report, FWIW, but a bass player friend of mine just tried the Mel9 and believes it tracks poorly - especially with chords. He owns the B9 and it tracks much better.

09-May-16 10:26 AM

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