IK Multimedia Sampletron
IK Multimedia Sampletron is the most complete collection of Trons ever - 17 rare, collectible instruments in one product. SampleTron is a new virtual instrument from IK Multimedia and Sonic Reality that combines the authentic recreation of Tron sounds such as Mellotrons, Chamberlins, and Optigans with the powerful SampleTank engine to take those nostalgic sounds into the new millennium. No other product allows you to manipulate, process and stretch such gritty, emotional and quirky lofi sounds like SampleTron. It’s a virtual instrument made for many styles from hip hop to electronic to classic rock and offers some of the most unique musically useful tones you can imagine. From the nostalgic sounds used by The Beatles, Moody Blues, Genesis, Yes and other rock bands of the 60’s and 70’s to the modern production of artists like Kanye West, Smashing Pumpkins and Beck to new sonic creations now possible only with SampleTron, the sounds in this package are diverse, powerful and inspiring!
- The first and only Tron anthology, containing over 600 presets from 17 rare
and vintage Mellotrons, Chamberlins, and their derivatives
- Chromatic samples capture the complete, authentic tone of each instrument
- Powered by SampleTank to bring these vintage sounds into the modern world
- 4 Tron specific controls allow for fast and flexible creativity
- 16 part multitimbral and 32 effects let you create otherworldly sounds quickly and easily
- Includes Loop and Non-loop modes for greater flexibility and authenticity
- Sounds can be read by SampleTank 2
The unique, easily recognizable, and instantly classic sound of the Tron instruments started with the Chamberlin keyboards in the 1950’s, and peaked with the Mellotron 400, in the 1970s. This precursor to today’s samplers uses tapes to play back prerecorded sounds at the touch of the keys. They are large and easily broken, but have such a unique sound, it’s difficult not to love the nostalgic tone and instant ‘vintage’ gratification that comes from hearing one. Whether you know it or not, you’ve heard the sound of a Mellotron or one of its siblings. Just about every famous artist or band has used one in a song at one point or another. Possibly the most famous example of the Tron sound can be heard in the opening bars of Strawberry Fields Forever. This is the classic Tron strings that is still widely used by artists today. Mellotrons have been used in countless songs, and just about all genres, from 60s and 70s rock, to the hip-hop of today, this is an instrument that works with just about everything.
One of the amazing things about the Tron instruments is that, although relatively few have been made, they still bear a large relevance in today’s music. In fact, they are in such high demand that the makers of the original Mellotrons, Streetly Music, began making them again in 2007 (although with some upgrades to modernize them). Unfortunately for most of use, though, these hand-made keyboards are out of all but the most die-hard enthusiast’s price-range.
Enter SampleTron, the next step in the history of the Tron family of instruments…