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Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal

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The polyphonic MEL9 uses the same extraordinary technology as the B9, C9 and KEY9 to transform your axe and resurrect the sound of vintage tape-based keyboards. It pays homage to nine of the coolest Mellotron® sounds: Orchestra, Cello, Strings, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Brass, Low Choir and High Choir. It works on guitar without modifications, sp...  Click To Read More About This Product

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The polyphonic MEL9 uses the same extraordinary technology as the B9, C9 and KEY9 to transform your axe and resurrect the sound of vintage tape-based keyboards. It pays homage to nine of the coolest Mellotron® sounds: Orchestra, Cello, Strings, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Brass, Low Choir and High Choir. It works on guitar without modifications, special pickups or MIDI implementation and tracks bends, slides, even whammy dive bombs!
You can also put it to work with your bass down to the open A string as well as keyboards. The MEL9 includes independent Effect and Dry volume controls so you can create the perfect mix at the Effects output with a Dry Output jack to output your input signal at unity gain. The Attack control sets the volume swell speed. As it’s turned clockwise the notes fade in more gradually, while the Sustain control adjusts the release time after a sound is stopped. As it’s turned clockwise, the fade out time increase

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  • Features 9 Mellotron® sounds: Orchestra, Cello, Strings, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Brass, Low Choir and High Choir
  • Works with guitar, bass (down to open A string) and keyboard
  • Tracks bends, slides, even whammy dive bombs
  • Independent Effect and Dry volume controls
  • Dry Output jack outputs your input signal at unity gain
  • Attack control sets the volume swell speed
  • Sustain control adjusts the release time after a sound is stopped
  • Dimensions: 4.0 (w) x 4.75 (l) x 2.25 (h) in.
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Electro-HarmonixMEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (13)
  • Excellent sound quality (13)
  • Good selection of effects (13)
  • Responsive (12)
  • Versatile (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (14)
  • Performances (11)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Yes I recommend Mel 9 for solo performances

I play acoustic hollow bodies & sing solo. Thought I'd try to broaden & enhance my sounds. This model has very sweet blend of strings & choirs & other orchestra...Read complete review

I play acoustic hollow bodies & sing solo. Thought I'd try to broaden & enhance my sounds. This model has very sweet blend of strings & choirs & other orchestra instruments. 9 choices of voiced backups or could solo on various instrument sounds.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Really cool pedal when you get one that works.

I'm on pedal number 3. First one just made a "whooshing" sound. Found out through EHX website there was a batch of bad microchips. Pedal number 2 worked fine on...Read complete review

I'm on pedal number 3. First one just made a "whooshing" sound. Found out through EHX website there was a batch of bad microchips. Pedal number 2 worked fine on day one and died the next day. Pedal number 3 is ok so far. I've had it for a week and a half now with no issues. Fingers crossed. Really cool pedal. I love the effects. Probably obvious since I stuck with it through all the trouble.

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(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not as advertised

By Rac St.Babrian

from East Coast

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This is one of those weird items that seem to sound good in videos but is thin and lifeless in person. Arpeggios are a mess after 3 notes..The high notes are all pretty much the same sound regardless of the setting. The fact that there is no "save" feature renders this useless for live performance...either that or you have an expensive 1 trick pony. Not sure if this was defective but I can't imagine how anyone gets a usable sound out of this thing.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Really cool pedal when you get one that works.

      By Duck

      from Milwaukee

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      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I'm on pedal number 3. First one just made a "whooshing" sound. Found out through EHX website there was a batch of bad microchips. Pedal number 2 worked fine on day one and died the next day. Pedal number 3 is ok so far. I've had it for a week and a half now with no issues. Fingers crossed. Really cool pedal. I love the effects. Probably obvious since I stuck with it through all the trouble.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The MEL9 makes me a multi-instrumentalist with one pedal

      By DAVID

      from undisclosed

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      Verified Buyer

      Comments about MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This pedal allows me to shift from straight guitar to organ, flute, orchestral sounds, and more then back to guitar for a more varied take on my music. I was sold on the YouTube demos and really pleased with the MEL9 when I received it.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal

      By Scott

      from undisclosed

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      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Amazing pedal ... met all my expectations. I had purchased the C-9 and am happy with it after trying the B-9 and a Superego which I was not thrilled with ... with that said, the Mel-9 is an incredible compliment to the C-9 when run together or used independently. I did add a Mooer Spark Echo after (which adds reverb + delay)
      The Mel-9 does track better that the C-9.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best of the 9 seies hands down

      By Rj

      from Modesto

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Well worth the money. Great on all settings but orchestra and strings have that extra coolness that just draw the creativity out of me! Genuine 70s mellotron sound in spades! Dont hesitate to add this one to the collection!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Electro Harmonix MEL 9 is a game changer for guitarists.

        By Stacy Osborne of FLIP REALITY.

        from CINCINNATI OHIO

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This guitar effect now adds nine Mellotron sounds to a guitarists selection to add to, or layer home or studio demo's or professional recordings. I have already used it on an original, 2 tracks, the Orchestra sound, then later in the song, the High Choir sound. SOUNDS AWESOME. No longer will you have to wait for your keyboard player to get around to adding his part. Guitarists will now just DO IT THEMSELVES. I had to order it thru Guitar Center. I know most guitarists who try this in the store, WILL BUY ONE. They will sell themselves with just one demonstration.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Dream pedal

          By Chazzer

          from St. Louis missouri

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I'm still digging into the wide array of tones this baby offers. The mellotron sound seemed so out of reach before this sucker came along. If you appreciate early Crimson, Genesis, Moody Blues, Yes, etc...this pedal will create those atmospherics. I ordered from Guitar Centre.com got it in 72 hours.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy this again!

            By Jeff

            from Ashland, Va.

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Add space and dimension with delay effects!
            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Completes many soft ballad tracks that I've been working on!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              I would buy it again if needed.

              By JOHN

              from undisclosed

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

              the power cord that came with it had issues, but other then that. It worked great with my acoustic martin. I used the cello sound at church and people were like WOW! They got a laugh out of the choir sounds but it worked great.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A fun and useful addition for creating music with a guitar

              By BJ

              from Santa Cruz, CA

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy to use
              • Excellent Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I have and use Roland guitar synthesizers (GR-1, GR-20, GR-55), so was eager to see how this unit would work as it uses the straight guitar signal and does not need the special hex pickup. All-in-all, it works pretty well. I chose the Mel9 because I am a fan of early progressive rock bands, and a set of Mellotron sounds would be a unique addition to my repertoire. A week later, I also got the Synth9.

                The technology to find polyphonic pitch information from the guitar signal is amazing, but not perfect. With minor adjustments to my playing, I was able to get the performance I wanted, sometimes using a pick and other times plucking chords with my fingers. Getting consistent or predictable dynamics (note volumes) across the fretboard takes a bit of practice and is occasionally frustrating. There can be tracking glitches with complex playing, but all-in-all, with a little practice it works well for laying down the kind of tracks you would expect from a Mellotron.

                The sounds are quite good, but remember that they are imitating a Mellotron, so there is a sameness and quirky character to them. The pedal is simple to use, with no configuring needed. Just plug in, set your output volume, and play. Except for the trumpet sound, the two Ctrl knobs adjust attack and release of the sound. Increasing the release adds a reverb tail to the sound. I found I could set these knobs to one position that works most of the time for all the sounds. Therefore, although there is no way to save program settings, the pedal is usable for live performance or when you need to quickly change between sounds by just turning the sound selector knob. (The Synth9 pedal, on the other hand, could really use a way to save program settings because the Ctrl knobs greatly impact each sound.) The pedal is meant to go at the very beginning of your effects chain and is monophonic with no stereo capabilities built in.

                I use it with a Trio Plus for looping and developing musical ideas.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great sounds love the added fullness

                By Tj

                from Minneapolis

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive

                Cons

                • Breaks Easily

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                The first when I purchased worked about two days send it back and got another one and waited 12 weeks for the replacement other than that love the sound it adds a ton of fullness to my acoustic set

                (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Give me more!

                By PedalManiac

                from San Francisco, CA.

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  What I always wanted in a Pedal

                  (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  This is a great product abe the people are great too.

                  By Randall

                  from Borger texas

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I am a hobbiest guitar player and plan to do some
                    Studio recording. The mel9 will be a great asset
                    To what I can do.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    You Need The MEL9, I did!

                    By DAVID

                    from undisclosed

                    See all my reviews

                    Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I use this item for background sound-strings and brass-for my guitar lead playing. The cello and flute tones I use for alternate choruses to the guitar lead. I'm working on using the other settings but I'm sure they'll be really useful, too. One great gadget!

                    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    What ever you do, don't.....

                    By Burley

                    from Redmond, WA

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Good Selection Of Effects
                    • Heavy, very heavy sound. What ever you do don't
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Don't play 'She's so heavy' by the Beatles in Dm
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      Great product and worth every dime, and every minute.

                       
                      5.0

                      Simply fantastic, works above and beyond expectations!

                      By Gerard

                      from undisclosed

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      Having owned a B9 for some time now and being very pleased with it, I found myself doing a bit of music that needed a flute sound. The Mel9 certainly fills that need, and then some. I can see the Sax sound getting a lot of use, as will the orchestral and strings sounds. Note tracking is excellent, both single notes and polyphonic chords. Using and mixing the dry and effect sounds almost duplicates a split keyboard effect. The Mel9 is definitely a strong addition to my pedal board.

                       
                      4.0

                      I would recommend.

                      By BILL

                      from undisclosed

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I am starting to use this for the Brass Mellotron sound in my band. It sounds great! I actually bought it for the incredible Orchestra sound, which is really eerie, just like the sound of King Crimson's first album! Not that we play Crimson, but it is perfect for Prog Rock bands to implement. The Clarinet sound as well as the Flute sound are the most overall useful sounds that can be added to many songs, as long as the Dry knob is turned to about 12 o'clock. That way the pure guitar sound is blended with the Mellotron sound.

                      This pedal is really great for songwriting, as you can build on each track with different sounds. I highly recommend it!

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Not what I hoped for

                      By Sarpedion

                      from Southbridge,Massachusetts

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Good Selection Of Effects

                      Cons

                      • Poor Sound Quality

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I bought this after watching many demo videos,hoping to use the orchestral setting for songs like Kashmir,and the low choir for songs like Metal Heart.It has some latency issues,and it just sounds harsh and digital to me.It smooths out as the note sustains,but the initial sound makes me cringe.I am playing an Ibanez guitar through a Fender bandmaster from the 1960's,so it's a very warm and mellow sounding amp when you want it to be.I really wanted to like this,but I don't see myself ever using it,especially in front of an audience.

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Yes I recommend Mel 9 for solo performances

                      By Fire & Rain

                      from Sulphur Springs Tx

                      About Me Experienced

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Good Selection Of Effects
                      • Responsive
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        I play acoustic hollow bodies & sing solo. Thought I'd try to broaden & enhance my sounds. This model has very sweet blend of strings & choirs & other orchestra instruments. 9 choices of voiced backups or could solo on various instrument sounds.

                        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Mel9 love it!!!!!

                        By Adrian

                        from Miami Beach

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Good Selection Of Effects
                        • Responsive
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          The Footswitch works great!!!!!!

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