October 17, 2005

Homemade Mellotron w/ Walkmen

by Chris Randall

Just picked this up off of BoingBoing. Mike Walters has created the Melloman, which is fundementally the same as a Mellotron, except made with cassette Walkmen. (Yeah, technically it would be "Walkmans" but I just can't bring myself to type that.) In a nutshell, the tapedecks, fourteen of them, are running all the time, and the keyboard gates the audio signal from each one.

Here's a view inside:

Now, this is a really crafty project. He explains it in some detail on his page, but the long and short of it is that he has fourteen decks. On thirteen of them there is an answering machine casette, which has a sound on the left channel, and the same sound an octave higher on the right channel. A great idea, and a great homebuilt case to put it in.

There's even an extra deck with drum loops on it, for Super Bee-Gees Extra Credit. Five fucking stars, dude.




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