Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Pedal

Mellotron Emulation Guitar Effects Pedal
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Turn Your Guitar, Bass, or Keyboard into a Mellotron

Turn your guitar, bass, or keyboard into a Mellotron with the Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine effects pedal. Plug in your instrument, then select from nine authentic Mellotron sounds: Orchestra, Cello, Strings, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Brass, Low Choir, and High Choir. Attack and Sustain controls allow you to shape your sounds, and separate Dry and Effect outputs allow for two-amp setups. We've become huge fans of EHX's range of keyboard-emulation pedals, and the Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine is one of Sweetwater's favorites.

Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine Effects Pedal Features at a Glance:
  • Emulates nine classic Mellotron sounds: Orchestra, Cello, Strings, Flute, Clarinet, Sax, Brass, Low Choir, and High Choir
  • Works on any electric guitar, bass, or electronic keyboard
  • Separate Dry and Effect outputs allow for dual-amp setups
  • Shape your sound with Attack and Sustain controls
  • 9-volt power supply included
Tap into classic Mellotron sounds with your guitar or bass, with the Electro-Harmonix MEL9 Tape Replay Machine.

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Mellotron
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 2 x 1/4" (effect, dry)
Power Source 9V DC power supply included
Height 2.25"
Width 4.0"
Depth 4.75"
Manufacturer Part Number MEL9

Customer Reviews

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EHX Mel 9 Pedal

Love it! Orchestra setting is incredible! Great response in comparison to the C9 and Synth 9 which I've had to send back. Maybe they were just bad ones? Not sure. If not, I just don't have the brand of eggshells I need to walk on to make them practical. This one is great! I also have the Key 9 and B9 and they are fine! Sweetwater service is great! Thank You! My Mel 9 is a Winner! I hope yours will be also!
Music background: Semi Pro 35 Years


So good I had to buy two! No point of beating a dead horse with more praise, this pedal is great. One step closer to the crazy sound in my head. This pedal works great on bass guitar, you just have to put a compressor pedal in front of it to help the tracking. I believe the manual mention something about that. Another home run ehx!

Incredible faithful reproduction of a Mellotron

Like everyone else who saw the video demo of the Mel 9 , I was thinking of everything I could use it on.....! It came yesterday and I hooked it up ... I ran the Mel 9's Signal through a Bose L1 system .. I ran the dry out through my Fender champ 40..... I have two bands. One is a three-piece acoustic driven band called ( Lipsey Switch) ,we still play ( all kinds of music ) from Willie Nelson to ELO's Showdown ....! I played the Cello part of Showdown along with my Tele ..... Sounded absolutely phenomenal ....!! It was just hard to believe they could reproduce the sounds of the original mellotron and make the machine track perfectly ...! Any instrument I plugged into it this box it tracked flawlessly ...! The Mel 9 , is a magic money maker if you play in a band or if you're into recording .....! Once you play with one , the hardest thing to do is stop using it..... Please watch the video Demo.... Guitarzan Prof. Jeff Galey
Music background: I just turned 62 on the 25th and have been playing for 50 years of it.. My family owned and operated Applause Studio in il. I still play out with two different bands. I also own and operate the Jeff Galey School of Music.. I myself play and teach 12 Ins


As soon as saw the demo for this pedal I was completely blown away that someone could create something like this in a compact form. Sent email to my sale guy Tom Koch and ordered one right the way. I've been playing it for several days now and I am speechless. I play bass in a acoustic band and we were talking about how much we need clarinet and chello, we'll now we kave everything we need and it sounds great. You will need a bit of time to get down dynamics if you use both outputs at the same time but it syncs pretty quick. I would highly recommend if you want to add some twist and complexity to your sound. On the other note Sweetwater and Tom my sales guy are absolutely best.

Fun New Toy

So, the Mel9 is super fun straight away right out of the box. My first initial observation was that it didn't have the same gravitas in the lower bass register in overtones (lack of undertones? idk) that the B9 has. It's not "missing" anything sonically, just a different animal, as it should be. The tracking feels the same as the B9. That means no shredding and expecting it to accurately modulate each rapidly picked note. As the B9 can be played with only wet signal and sound legitimate as far as musically relevant in the context of a typical song, the Mel9 doesn't. And that's not a bad thing at all. It feels most comfortable and sounds best, in my opinion, when used with the dry signal blended in. In essence, utilizing it as a pad behind chords and or lead runs. It's just a freaking sweet new toy and immediately makes the most simple minor/major chords sound more inspirational and gives infinantive possibilities as to what can accompany the grandeous tones generated behind the common musical tendencies of guitar players.

Sweetwater Advice

Electro-Harmonix MEL9

Mel9 tracks pitch bends without sounding glitchy or collapsing into a crumble of digital artifacts....[It] handles chords or single notes without a hitch, and works well with a keyboard or bass. Splitting the chain between the dry and effected output adds a cool layer of extra control....
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See also: Bass Effects, Electro-Harmonix, Electro-Harmonix Bass Guitar Pedals & Effects, Electro-Harmonix Harmony Processors