GForce Software, best knwon for their Synthesizer products, released this week The Streetly M300 Leads, a new expansion for M-Tron Pro. If you search authentic Melltron sounds, check this plugin with the expansion out.
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.
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.
- 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.
Available here: GForce Software The Streetly M300 Leads Expansion