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Electro Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine

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Pedal Effect for Electric Guitar, Bass and Keyboard

  • Generates different mellotron sounds from instrument signal
  • Instrument signal mixable with (effect) mellotron sound
  • 9 Presets: orchestra, cello, strings, flute, clarinet, saxophone, brass, low choir and high choir
  • Knobs: effect (vol), dry (vol), attack, sustain and preset choosing switch
  • Independent effect and dry volume knob for the effect output
  • Seperate dry output returns the clean signal unaltered
  • Fast tracking
  • No special pick ups required
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 102 x 121 x 89 mm
  • Incl. 9 V power supply (EHX 9.6 DC-200)
Effect Types Mellotron
Item number 383615
£195
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Mel 9 pedal - a dream came true
sendanor 10.10.2019
For years, I was hooked to the mellotron sound of many Beatles, Moody Blues and early Genesis classics. Well, as soon as I came to know of the existence of this toy and my finances were in good order, I could not resist it.

Imagine the goosebumps when I first played a chord on my guitar and had the orchestra mode full on.....I could not count the WOW's going through my mind.

I can advise this little baby to everyone with warm feelings for late sixties proto-prog and early seventies prog rock sounds,. you will not be disappointed.

Small con: the attack volume for, as far as I have tried and experienced, on my electric 6 string, acoustic 6 string and acoustic 1 string can be somewhat loud on playing first time when you put the effect know all way out. I advice to adjust the attack and sustain knobs when you try it out, on your own playing style.

Update on recent sound experiment in combination with the EHX keys9 pedal: this combination gives some wonderful sound textures somewhat reminiscent of Devin Townsends music. It is as if your guitar releases a cathedral-like wall of sound (especially with a creamy fuzz turned slightly open...). So this pedal is not just for the retro-prog enthusiasts...........

Update 2: this pedal on your bass amp, in combination with the Keys9 pedal on preset Dynamo, Tri-glorious or Organ and with the Dry button of that pedal half open, your bass can replicate the bass instrument sounds of Mike Oldfields' Tubular Bells.....EHX, when will you stop amazing me???
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For prog-rock lovers
Emilio Di Donato 24.04.2017
I'm a huge fan of prog music.
I grew up with the keyboard sound of groups such as King Crimson and Genesis, and PFM (I'm italian). Only in recent years I undestood the important role of Mellotron in this music but, alas, i'm only a guitar player so the Mellotron was not wish list. When I heard of MEL9 i could not believe to my ears: i could play mellotron sounds directly from my guitar, without using any MIDI esaphonic pickups. I own several MIDI esaphonic pickups for guitar, including Roland GK-2 and Fishman Triple Play. Each one features some latency and some incorrect note detection, and needs additional hardware (PC and/or Sound Generator) to produce sounds, so I use them not so often. The great advantage of Electro Harmonix MEL9 versus MIDI esaphonic pickups is that it does not require any extra hardware to produce keyboard sounds. I still don't undestand which technology has been applied, but it works. I simply connect my guitar to MEL9, and as I play I hear tipical mellotron sounds coming out of MEL9 with virtually no latency.

I tried it with both electro-acoustic steel string guitar and electro-acoustic nylon string guitar, and the result is good on both type of guitars.

About the sounds: some sounds are really convincing, especially the "Orchestra" sound which we hear in many Genesis and King Crimson historical tunes. Other sounds are far less convincing, such as "Cellos" and "Brass".

On the negative side:
1) this pedal is raher pricey, so more sounds would be appreciated. Also I would greately appreciate an USB connection to PC for modifying envelope curves and timbre.
2) The pedal switch is very noisy, so when I turn it on / off in my room al low volume level, the acoustic "click" is too much loud for me.
3) The MEL9 is able to effectively convert only notes played rather loudly. In softer phrases, the converted sound is slightly out of tune.
4) The only way to switch between the presets is via the dedicated rotary knob. A dedicated preset switch would be appreciated, especially during live performances.


However all these negative sides don't prevent me to enjoy playing it very often, and I recommend it especially to lovers of classic prog music.
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Mooie organische geluiden
Kapser 04.09.2021
De Mel7 klinkt helemaal zoals op youtube en was precies wat ik verwachte. Organische geluiden gebaseerd op fluit, koor,etc die totaal niet storen doordat ze te hard digitaal willen copieren, De geluiden zijn echt mooi op zich, uit een droomwereld. Ik wou bijvoorbeeld de fluit en andere bijgeluiden op songs van Boo Radleys en My Bloody Valentine. Ze zijn echt bruikbaar hiervoor. De fluit heeft bijvoorbeeld een air-effect met lange tijdspanne wat richting een Strymon effect bijna gaat. Alleen moet ik nog zoeken hoe ik de Mel7 sounds in de mix krijg want ze zijn wel delicaat.
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dssdss 15.03.2021
It sounds great. It looks greater.
As other pedals of this kind, the response is completely immediate, and you notice some delays if you play very fast.
But again, you don't want a mellotron to play fast - just to lay those lush pads, and for that the EHX is excellent!
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