Mellotron FX Console
|Years of Production||1965 – 1970|
|Number of Units||about 60|
|Dimensions L x H x P||129.5 x 99 x 68.5 cm|
Streetly Electronics created the FX Console on the BBC’s request. It is a modified Mark II, which could play sound effects for radio or television programs (Doctor Who).
The rhythms, accompaniments and instruments were replaced by 1 260 various sound effects.
Because of the BBC’s demands, the technical features of the machine were modified:
- Each keyboard is divided in two parts (keys 1 to 18 and 19 to 35), and each part has its own head-block and a preamp with integrated circuits. The signal-to-noise ratio was improved compared to the Mark II;
- Volume control for each of the 4 keyboard sections, and a master volume control;
- Headphone socket with volume control;
- Electromagnetic track selector. Unlike Mark II, it is impossible to play two tracks at once (A+B or B+C);
- Being made for the BBC studios, the FX Console didn’t require an amplification system as big as in Mark II: it simply has a small amp with integrated circuit (no more tube amp) and a 8″ speaker;
- No more reverb unit;
- The wooden cabinet is not made of polished mahogany anymore; it is in plywood, painted in BBC grey or black.
FX Console #10006
Photos: Jimmy Moore
FX Console #10030
Photos: Rick Blechta