- A GForce Software and Streetly Electronics collaboration
- Tape banks from the original UK 'Tron masters
- Derived from original EMI tape-stock
- 17 carefully curated M300 lead sounds for M-Tron Pro
- 35 notes per tape bank
- Exclusively available via download - 437MB
- 100s of factory patches.
Descriptions by Martin Smith, Streetly Electronics.
The Streetly Tapes - M300 Leads. This particular 'tron had a short production life from around 1968 to 1971 but nevertheless it was used by some pretty heavyweight bands including; The Moody Blues, Barclay James Harvest, Earth and Fire, Gentle Giant, and Marmalade.
M300 A Violins
THE sound of Barclay James Harvest. The M300 allowed you to remove the dry signal and leave the spring line ringing. This is what Woolly did and it was so effective with gently changing string pads set back in the mix. A wonderful sound in the right hands.
M300 B Violins
Mike Pinder used this sound on Never Comes the Day and Watching and Waiting. Need we say more! It is a solo violin recording and as mellow as they come.
A bright a sprightly recording that makes you want to take a turn around the room in a Jane Austen stylie
The cello that appeared in the M400 catalogue was actually recorded much earlier and played by the legendary Reg 'can we do that one again' Kilby.
M300 Cello & Violins
It was decided that the M300 should have a full 52 note string ensemble and this was constructed from the A violins with the cello in the bass. It works although there is the inevitable knee jerk where the timbre changes. But hey...
A black stick, all reedy with air rushing through like a tube train in the night.
This is more of a jazz flute than the iconic MKII one and makes for a refreshing change.
M300 Hammond Organ
Here we have the beat group influence that haunted the M300. This was designed to be played against the let's get hip daddio pop rhythm in the left hand.
M300 Organ High
Same as above in purpose.
M300 Organ Low
The bottom notes of the previous organ converting the entire M300 into.....an organ!
M300 Piano High
Someone, somewhere decided that a piano sound was still a good bet after the lo fi offering of the MKII. To be fair it is an improvement and very useable in a Hammer Horror kinda way.
M300 Piano Low
The same piano as above stretching into the rhythm section and converting the entire M300 into.....a piano!
M300 Spanish Guitar
Segovia's little known brother Gary let loose on a plank with strings.
M300 Strings 2
As lost as an Inca prophecy, this combination sound sits in the library awaiting it's machine debut.
Quite a full on, thrusting sound if that's your bag. We are not sure if this is George Chisholm or not but it's a jolly fine recording heard quite loudly on Earth and Fire's Song of the Marching Children.
Tasty vibes without vibrato which makes a refreshing change. Great for incidental music in sitcoms where something crazy is going on with some ladders and a nun.
M300 Vibrato Organ
All the clues are there so I'll make a cup of tea instead.
Released in 1968, the M300 was the first 'Tron with a single 52-note keyboard, making it considerably more portable than its predecessor, the MkII. The M300 also came with a new set of sounds which were considered more hi-fi than those of the MkII.
The Moody Blues and the late Woolly Wolstenholme of Barclay James Harvest were probably the most notable users of the M300, but sadly it was still considered too bulky and fragile for the rigours of touring and was discontinued after approximately sixty were produced.Son of the original Mellotron maker and co-owner of Streetly Electronics, makers of the magnificent M4000, John Bradley states “In 1966, my father, Les, who’d done all the recordings for the MkII Mellotron, had a heart attack. As a consequence he was out of the picture for a while and the recordings were overseen by the foreman, David Foreacre. He went down to IBC studios with Eric Robinson and recorded the new library, and because of the lessons learned from the MkII recording sessions, this was treated as a Mellotron Take 2 recording session and there’s no doubt that due to advances in recording and experience gained since the MkII recording session, the M300 sounds are cleaner and more Hi-Fi.”
There’s also no doubt that the M300 was the transitional instrument which helped spawn the legendary and decidedly more portable M400, but it’s an interesting and rare machine in its own right and deserves recognition for its place in the original Mellotron lineage. The tape replay concept may have remained the same but the M300 song is refreshingly different from either the MkII or the M400.
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