Mellosoftron 3.4
by Polyhedric Software
(Polyhedric Software Website)

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Operating System: Windows 2000/NT/98/95
File Size: 1.8 MB
License: (All Shareware software)
License Conditions:

Single-user licenses are $29 US

System Requirements:

DirectX 3 or later installed

Last Updated: 2002-04-24
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Software Description

The Mellosoftron is a low latency, fully programmable virtual sampler. In short, it turns your PC into a sampler which you can play live with a MIDI keyboard, with a sequencer or with any MIDI file player. Any sound card with a DirectSound 3 (or later) driver will do - you don't need a particular brand or model. You can edit all instrument patches and create new ones from scratch using your own WAVs as sound sources. Since it comes with an integrated patch editor and uses the same file formats (PRGs and WAVs) as WAVmaker and the MIDInight Express, the Mellosoftron is the ideal tool for the creation of your own soft synth instruments. Add the Ace of WAV synthesizer and sound editor and you have a virtual recording studio inside your PC!

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computer generated music

hi,

i'm looking for some software that will generate random, serial patterns of sound.

any suggestions, please?

thank you -

ric

A better bet

Fruity Loops is way better than Mellosoftron, does everything mellosoftron does and a whole lot more.

I'm not even gonna talk about the guy who runs polyhedric software, lets just say you dont wanna waste your time talking to him.

J. Cock

bad comparison

Completely different software than Fruity Loops. Mellosoftron is a midi playable sampler that allows for editing recorded samplers, i.e. a software sampler/synthesizer. Fruity Loops is a grid-type loop player like Garage Band.

MPU-401?

Does anyone know if Mellosoftron works with a MPU-401 device, i sure can't get it to work.

Sincerly Torben

Re: MPU-401?

: Does anyone know if Mellosoftron works with a MPU-401 device, i sure can't get it to work.

: Sincerly Torben

Re: MPU-401?

: Does anyone know if Mellosoftron works with a MPU-401 device, i sure can't get it to work.

: Sincerly Torben

Poly problems

I too got the forget getting any support or upgrades from us message from the Mellosoftron people. The program never worked too well in the first place, and was not worth the money spent.
What's the point of buying a program if you are not getting ANY damn support...

Byte me Polyhedric

mellosoftron won't upgrade for free...

I agree with Richard Harvey. I contacted polyhedric software and made an attempt to get the free upgrade I was promised when I first purchase version II. Basically they treated me like shit. They said they don't intend to honor any previous agreement that the programmer offered when I first registered. They simply slamed the e-door in my face. What a bunch of losers. They should change their name to 'polydipshit software'. By the way there are some way cooler options out there for software samplers....check 'em out.

Re: mellosoftron won't upgrade for free...

I bought mellosoftron about 2 years ago using my hotbot email address to get the key.....since then hotbot has abruptly cancelled its email service, and my computer has suffered a virus and lost all data. In this loss of data I lost the key for mellosoftron, and when I emailed them (with my new email address) to please send me a new key they told me I could not get a key unless I was using the same email address....regardless of any personal information or credit card verification. this is completely ridiculous....
screw them is right

Avoid Polyhedric

As a registered owner of Mellosoftron, I was surprised to see a new version (3.0) available, now through Polyhedric (I guess the original programmer sold the rights). I contacted Polyhedric to get my old registration code to upgrade to 3.0, because I was very sure that my original purchase allowed me to upgrade to future versions. I was told that my version was the last version before Polyhedric purchased the product, that I was incorrect in future updates being available, and that they were "offended" when I questioned why an upgrade path was not available to me, a current owner and customer.

As the e-mail's escalated from their support, tonight I finally received a mail saying that they would reject any future order I placed. As a developer myself, I am absolutely shocked at the conduct displayed -- which of you, if asked by a customer a critical question, would simply slam the door in your customers face?! Instead of taking the high road and simply informing me that I was mistaken, I am treated like an idiot and told they don't want my business.

By all means, support the original author of this software -- he provided me instant turn around with getting the product when I needed it. The new owners, however, I would avoid, because it is extremely obvious to me they could care less about me or any other customer. Those of you who would like an e-mail log of my conversation with Polyhedric can receive it by e-mailing me directly.

Polyhedric, if you're reading this, why in the world do you conduct business this way?

Rich

Re: Avoid Polyhedric

Rich, I sympathize. I too was on a search for some wavetables to generate sound in an internet appliance that just had a DMA unit to a DAC. I have an algorithm that will use just a few cycles of the sound to generate a poor man's midi (memory is of a premium in such devices). I tried to buy the wavetables from polyhedric. The guy, Tommy Anderberg wouldn't sell them to me because, in his opinion, I was ignorant of sound generation (which is not true). He couldn't fathom why someone might want to produce a less than perfect musical instrument. He insulted me, and when I informed him that based on what he said, he had little knowledge of Fourier analysis , he insulted me more. I was willing to offer him thousands of dollars for the rights to use his wavetables, and he refused my business because of his own ignorance and arrogance!!!! I've seen that on the Web he has some cool software out there, but I don't know if he wrote it himself or not, but the guy doesn't have a clue how to do business. I would not recommend buying anything from this company. They will treat you like an inferior maggot....not someone you want to do business with.
-Don

Help Hardware vs software

Hi ,
I am in need of a sampler but I can't afford a hardware one so will Melosoftron do the trick?
I own a P2/266 MMX with 64 MB ram and a 3.2GB harddrive.
I am making house , trance , techno , ...

prg

How do i create prg files in mellosoftron? I need them for midi to wav conversion

Re: prg

: How do i create prg files in mellosoftron? I need them for midi to wav conversion

Sibelius

Could I use the midi packages with sibelius v 1.2 to act as prg files? I also need prg files for midi to wav conversion!!

Re: Sibelius

: Could I use the midi packages with sibelius v 1.2 to act as prg files? I also need prg files for midi to wav conversion!!
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OR how can i convert .sib files(sibelius) to .wav or to midi (wav better) files so i can write it down on a CD;;;;;;;
Please answer...........

Re: Sibelius

: : Could I use the midi packages with sibelius v 1.2 to act as prg files? I also need prg files for midi to wav conversion!!
: \
: OR how can i convert .sib files(sibelius) to .wav or to midi (wav better) files so i can write it down on a CD;;;;;;;
: Please answer...........

Re: Sibelius

: Could I use the midi packages with sibelius v 1.2 to act as prg files? I also need prg files for midi to wav conversion!!

Melosoftron vs GigaSampler

I use melosofton in my studio, and it works great. I have also used GigaSampler which is a much higher end sampler. Giga sampler has a tighter responce, but it costs $700 +. Melosoftron is much easier to use, and since I track using a DAW, I can always slip a track back in time to correct the latency problem. Melosoftron is Great for Workstation based studios such as mine, but for Tape based tracking, I wouldn't recomend it (since you can't compensate for the Latency of the responce). For those that are not clear on what it does, Melosoftron allows you to take a wav file, and use it as an instrument. I normally use 44.1 Stereo files, and feed them back into my paris DAW via the SPDIF output of my AWE64 Gold, and I get HI-Quality tracking without the analog hissing. GigaSampler sounds a little better, but you have to have a dedicated 266+ MMX unit with High End hard drives, and 64+ Mb RAM. I run Melosoftron on the same unit as my PARIS Workstation (Which is convenient, because all of the MIDI routing is internal to the unit), and I have no problems. 200 MHz (Non MMX) with 96 Mb RAM.

By the way the PARIS is a great workstation!!!

Check out www.audio-illusions.com

Re: Melosoftron vs GigaSampler

: I use melosofton in my studio, and it works great. I have also used GigaSampler which is a much higher end sampler. Giga sampler has a tighter responce, but it costs $700 +. Melosoftron is much easier to use, and since I track using a DAW, I can always slip a track back in time to correct the latency problem. Melosoftron is Great for Workstation based studios such as mine, but for Tape based tracking, I wouldn't recomend it (since you can't compensate for the Latency of the responce). For those that are not clear on what it does, Melosoftron allows you to take a wav file, and use it as an instrument. I normally use 44.1 Stereo files, and feed them back into my paris DAW via the SPDIF output of my AWE64 Gold, and I get HI-Quality tracking without the analog hissing. GigaSampler sounds a little better, but you have to have a dedicated 266+ MMX unit with High End hard drives, and 64+ Mb RAM. I run Melosoftron on the same unit as my PARIS Workstation (Which is convenient, because all of the MIDI routing is internal to the unit), and I have no problems. 200 MHz (Non MMX) with 96 Mb RAM.

: By the way the PARIS is a great workstation!!!

: Check out www.audio-illusions.com

Re: Melosoftron vs GigaSampler

: I use melosofton in my studio, and it works great. I have also used GigaSampler which is a much higher end sampler. Giga sampler has a tighter responce, but it costs $700 +. Melosoftron is much easier to use, and since I track using a DAW, I can always slip a track back in time to correct the latency problem. Melosoftron is Great for Workstation based studios such as mine, but for Tape based tracking, I wouldn't recomend it (since you can't compensate for the Latency of the responce). For those that are not clear on what it does, Melosoftron allows you to take a wav file, and use it as an instrument. I normally use 44.1 Stereo files, and feed them back into my paris DAW via the SPDIF output of my AWE64 Gold, and I get HI-Quality tracking without the analog hissing. GigaSampler sounds a little better, but you have to have a dedicated 266+ MMX unit with High End hard drives, and 64+ Mb RAM. I run Melosoftron on the same unit as my PARIS Workstation (Which is convenient, because all of the MIDI routing is internal to the unit), and I have no problems. 200 MHz (Non MMX) with 96 Mb RAM.

: By the way the PARIS is a great workstation!!!

: Check out www.audio-illusions.com

For me, theres just no competition between the two, like most die-hard analogue synth people i guess i had a real dislike of samplers (and sample based music), soft samplers were just the same only worse!. i tried 'Melosoftron and was appalled at it's awkwardness, clunky design and generally, in my view incompetence.
I had no higher expectations of gigasampler before i tried it but its totally won me over!,
it may lack some polish in the graphic department by some peoples reckoning but the quality, latency and reliability are excellent.
(ps i don't work for or have any association with nemesys!).

Re: Melosoftron vs GigaSampler

: I use melosofton in my studio, and it works great. I have also used GigaSampler which is a much higher end sampler. Giga sampler has a tighter responce, but it costs $700 +. Melosoftron is much easier to use, and since I track using a DAW, I can always slip a track back in time to correct the latency problem. Melosoftron is Great for Workstation based studios such as mine, but for Tape based tracking, I wouldn't recomend it (since you can't compensate for the Latency of the responce). For those that are not clear on what it does, Melosoftron allows you to take a wav file, and use it as an instrument. I normally use 44.1 Stereo files, and feed them back into my paris DAW via the SPDIF output of my AWE64 Gold, and I get HI-Quality tracking without the analog hissing. GigaSampler sounds a little better, but you have to have a dedicated 266+ MMX unit with High End hard drives, and 64+ Mb RAM. I run Melosoftron on the same unit as my PARIS Workstation (Which is convenient, because all of the MIDI routing is internal to the unit), and I have no problems. 200 MHz (Non MMX) with 96 Mb RAM.

: By the way the PARIS is a great workstation!!!

: Check out www.audio-illusions.com

Re: Melosoftron vs GigaSampler

I don't think that Mellosoftron even compares to Gigasampler or, for that matter Signum1100DX or Unity and probably not the forthcoming Reaktor from Native (if it sounds anything like Generator it should be wicked).

Mellosoftron is OK for playing back .wavs as instruments but it is really basic DirectX triggering. Just check out the editing, filtering effects etc of any of the above. They are in a different league!

You can get Gigasampler Lite for about £100 and it whips Mellosoftron. Trouble is it also tends to bugger up your PC and doesn't work with Cubase well at all. I reckon Unity is the biz.

That's my tuppence for what it's worth!

Neil

Mellosoftron/MIDI

I have a MIDI maker. I have the Hubi loopback device. However, in the MIDI settings window on Mellosoftron, I can't choose loopack as the port.

Since I'm completely new to all this, could you tell me if this is right?

1. A WAV file saved on Mellosoftron must be converted to MIDI to use with a MIDI maker (sequencer). The loopback device makes this possible.

2. In order for this to work, loopback must be chosen as Mellosoftron's port, and as the MIDI maker's MIDI input device (or is there a way of making Mellosoftron the input device? I'm not given this option with my MIDI maker).

In short, how does one get from Mellosoftron WAV to MIDI loop? Is there any resource for complete beginners, which gives a step-to-step account of the whole process?

Thanks for your help,

Mariano

Re: Mellosoftron/MIDI

: I have a MIDI maker. I have the Hubi loopback device. However, in the MIDI settings window on Mellosoftron, I can't choose loopack as the port.

: Since I'm completely new to all this, could you tell me if this is right?

: 1. A WAV file saved on Mellosoftron must be converted to MIDI to use with a MIDI maker (sequencer). The loopback device makes this possible.

: 2. In order for this to work, loopback must be chosen as Mellosoftron's port, and as the MIDI maker's MIDI input device (or is there a way of making Mellosoftron the input device? I'm not given this option with my MIDI maker).

: In short, how does one get from Mellosoftron WAV to MIDI loop? Is there any resource for complete beginners, which gives a step-to-step account of the whole process?

: Thanks for your help,

: Mariano

Re: Mellosoftron/MIDI

Shut the fuck up

Re: Mellosoftron/MIDI

I've not used Mellosoftron much with MIDI, but I can tell you a bit about what is happening with the loopback.

Mellosoftron works like this:

1) MIDI Messages are received.
2) Software checks channel and key mappings to determine which waveform to play.
3) Playing of .WAV file in concordance with patch settings commences.

By setting Mellosoftron's MIDI settings to corrospond with an external MIDI port, the program can receive MIDI messages from external devices, such as a Keyboard.
However, this does not allow one to use a sequencer within the <B>same computer</b> to play the Mellosoftron. Doing this requires a MIDI loopback device, in either software or hardware.
This devices functions as follows:

1) MIDI Messages are received.
2) MIDI Messages are rebroadcasted on another channel or cable network.

Thus, MIDI Messages flow from your sequencer to the Loopback, from the Loopback to Mellosoftron. Here, they are converted to actual sound.

Hope this answers your question.

question

I have a question. The description says that Mellosoftron can turn any wave file into an instrument.
Does that mean that it can take the wave form from the wave file and use that for the sound of the instrument in a sound module and then you can use your own midi file to play that instrument with whatever pitches and rhythms?

if so, I would by this product in a heartbeat.

someone please E-mail me with answers

thanks in advance

CrusAnton@aol.com

Re: question

: I have a question. The description says that Mellosoftron can turn any wave file into an instrument.
: Does that mean that it can take the wave form from the wave file and use that for the sound of the instrument in a sound module and then you can use your own midi file to play that instrument with whatever pitches and rhythms?

Rick, that is the general idea. The Mellosoftron acts as a virtual sampler, so wave files can be played at different pitches, and with different loop points, to simulate instruments. These can then be played via an external device or a MIDI file. However, the reality of setting up a patch (instrument) in any sampler is somewhat more complicated. Because pitch-shifting a waveform produces quality loss, because most instruments sound different at particular pitches, and because various attributes of the sound must be set for every key (attack, decay, loop points, etc), creating even a simple instrument that sounds good can be an arduous task. This is evident in any sampler, not just the Mellosoftron.

I believe that it is possible to buy sample CDs for real samplers and convert their data into Mellosoftron data files. Anyone tried this?

Mellsfotron

Just downloaded Mellowsoftron and am having
output problems. The sound is warbly, like it's
underwater. I'm running a PentPro 200, 64 MB RAM,
DirectX 5.2, Gina sound card (driver 3.05).

Anyone have similar problems? This looks like such
a cool program, that it's almost 'too good to be true'

-j-

Re: Mell0softron

I am having the same problems so far, also on a P200.
Suggestions?

Re: Mell0softron

: I am having the same problems so far, also on a P200.
: Suggestions?

music

I hope this thing works

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