The Mellotron is a keyboard instrument that uses magnetic tape to play back recordings where each key has one tape. When you press a key, the tape starts and the corresponding pre-recorded note or sound is played back. When you release the key the tape is quickly rewound back to the start point.
Invented in 1950 by the American, Harry Chamberlin, it became popular among recording musicians when it was
manufactured in the UK as the "Mellotron" (a hyphenation of "melody-electronics").
Before the introduction of digital samplers, this was the only way for keyboardists to play real instrument sounds
like strings, flutes, rhythm ensembles and sound effects from a keyboard instrument.
Few people know about Mellotrons and Chamberlins, but almost everybody has heard the sounds they produce.
Among the most well-known tracks are BeatIes "Strawberry Fields Forewer" (flute), Moody Blues "Nights in White Satin" (3 violins), Oasis "Wonderwall" (cello), Radiohead "Exit Music for a Film" (choir), Lana del Rey "Ride" (Chamberlin flute).
This is the only Mellotron app with sounds from the original library. We also have the Mellotron XL app available,
which contains 18 sounds plus emulations of the characteristics of different Mellotron and Chamberlin
models. The XL version has some rare Chamberlin sounds plus more Mellotron rhythms and fills from the
We at Mellotron have collected, conserved and improved Mellotrons since 1989, and have been making tape Mellotrons since 1999 (the MkVI and MkVII). Please check out our website www.mellotron.com for a more complete history, real hardware instruments, our new digital M4000D Mellotron and M4000D Mini, tapes from the original masters, parts, service and lots of more info.
This instrument supports Audiobus output (Audiobus 2 & 3) and midi input (Audiobus 3 only).
Update with fix for glitchy audio issue that some users have experienced.
Ratings and Reviews
Crashes when opened!
As soon it opens, one touch and it crashes. Worked on my old 5S, but not my newer iPhone.
Crashes instantly waste of money
Just downloaded and it crashes instantly..
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.