Mellotron FX Console

Years of Production 1965 – 1970 Number of Units about 60 Original Price £1,500 Dimensions W x H x D 129.5 x 99 x 68.5 cm Weight 159 kg At the request of the BBC, Streetly Electronics has created a new model, the Sound Effects Console or FX Console, a Mark II whose technical characteristics […]

Mellotron Mark V

Years of Production 1975 – 1977 – Novatron: 1978 – 1980 Number of Units 26 – Novatron: 4 Years of Production £2 200 Dimensions W x H x D 132 x 89.5 x 66 cm Weight 152 kg Basically, the Mark V is made of two M400s in a single cabinet with a built-in stereo […]

Mellotron 4 Track

Years of Production 1981 Number of Units 5 Original Price $4,495 Dimensions W x H x D 89.53 x 89.53 x 57.78 cm Weight 47 kg The 4 Track is the first Mellotron manufactured in the USA and marketed by Sound Sales Inc. Only 5 units were produced by Bomar Fabricators in Southbury, in 1981: […]

Mellotron Mark VI / VII

Years of Production since 1999 Number of Units Mark VI: 102 – Mark VII: 4 Original Price $5,200 Dimensions W x H x D 83.82 x 86.36 x 55.88 cm Weight 44.45 kg The Mellotron Mark VI was designed by Markus Resh, David Kean’s associate ( ). It takes the main features of the M400 […]


Years of Production since 2007 Number of Units aroud 55 (nov. 2021) Original Price £4,500 Dimensions W x H x D 85.5 x 93.5 x 67 cm Weight 74 kg Twenty years after the production of Mellotrons stopped in 1986, Streetly Electronics introduced a new instrument in May 2007, the M4000. From the outside, it […]

Mellotron Mark I/II

Years of Production Mark I: 1963 – Mark II: 1964 – 1968 Number of Units about 55 – Mark II: about 300 Original Price £1,000 Dimensions W x H x D 129.5 x 99 x 68.5 cm Weight 159 kg The Mark I is the very first Mellotron model, based on the same concept as the […]


The Fairlight CMI is based on the architecture of the Qasar M8 (Multimode 8), created by Tony Furse in 1975. In the early 70’s, Tony Furse, a consulting engineer for Motorola, created his first prototype of hybrid analog/digital synthesizer, the Qasar I. In 1972-1973, Furse created his second prototype, the Qasar II, with the financial […]

Fairlight CMI IIx

In 1983, a major CMI update appeared: the Fairlight CMI IIx. Several internal cards were modified. The two 6800 processors were replaced by 6809 processors, the random access memory changed from 64Kb to 256Kb, the control panel of the central unit was modified, a MIDI/SMPTE interface was proposed as an option, as well as a […]

Fairlight CMI II

In 1982, the Fairlight CMI II, a slightly improved version of the CMI, was created. The sampling rate turned from 24 to 32Khz, still in 8 bits. The channel cards have been improved. A MIDI card is available as an option. But the main innovation was the inclusion of the Page R, created by Michael […]

Fairlight CMI I

The Fairlight CMI I is marketed in 1979.CMI stands for Computer Musical Instrument. It is based on the architecture of the Fairlight Qasar prototype, and it has most of its features: Layout on the CMI-25 motherboard ID               DESCRIPTION SLOT     CMI-02 Master card: control of 8 channel cards, ADC sampling, timerfunctions for sequencer and MCL 1 […]