Playing “epitaph from king crimson”  with mel9
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Posted: 06 January 2019 12:39 PM

I’ve seen the vid of the mel 9 doing “in the court of the crimson king”  very nicely.  But I wanted to try and get the sound they used on “epitaph”. (what ever that was, I can’t seem to find the name of the sound they used.)  Is there a setting I could use for that song?  I read that KC used more than one mellotron from time to time so I was wondering if it was a layered sound.  Possibly use 2 mel 9’s ?  or maybe I could add a sound from my expanded roland gr-09?  My amp has 5 inputs with a vollume control on each so mixing sounds is not a problem.  Thanks.

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Posted: 08 January 2019 05:24 PM | Link to this reply (#1)
aladynsane - 06 January 2019 12:39 PM

...I read that KC used more than one mellotron from time to time so I was wondering if it was a layered sound…

In this video Robert Webb mentions two Mellotrons, but says that Keith recorded the same Mellotron onto two different tracks, then on the mixdown or bounce, he would manually fade between the two recordings to cause motion.

In his EHX demo video, it looks like Bill Rupert uses the Mel9 ORCHESTRA setting to play “In the Court of the Crimson King”, and that sounds dead on.

The sound on Epitaph seems more like the “three violin” Mellotron Strings sound, but mixed as Robert claims Keith did.

So, it seems like you would use the ORCHESTRA setting for “In the Court of the Crimson King” and the STRINGS setting for “Epitaph”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb2Lw-0gFtA&ab_channel=RobertWebb

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=540&v=MiTHc8d9D20&ab_channel=EHX

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Posted: 09 January 2019 11:52 AM | Link to this reply (#2)

Now I remember a German company had a digital version of the melotron and Played epitaph. And “3 violins” sounds familiar.  He could probabiy layer the sound.  Too bad the mel9 doesn’t have “3 violins” on it.  But maybe using 2 mel9’s one with orchestra and one with strings might work.  If anyone has 2 of the boxes, it would be cool to hear a sound sample.

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Posted: 10 January 2019 01:33 PM | Link to this reply (#3)

I think the “3 Violins” tapes had recorded three violins playing the same note at the same time. So, each time you press one key, you hear three violins playing that note. To me it sounds like that’s the tape set that the Mel9 STRINGS settings tries to emulate.

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