Source

A continuous tone or chord is great source material for your Walkmellotron tapes. Record an entire side of a cassette with this tone or chord.

For this demo, I recorded a slightly de-tuned sine wave tritone I made with VCV Rack.

Playing the Walkmellotron

Place your prepared tape into the Walkmellotron and make sure it is rewound.

Hook up the audio out to headphones or an amplifier/powered speakers -- or even better through some effects pedals or outboard units such as reverb and delay.

Plug in the QT Py to a USB MIDI host/controller/sequencer or your computer/iOS device. Basically, anything capable of being a USB MIDI host.

I used a RetroKits RK-006 to pair the Walkmellotron with an Arturia Keystep MIDI keyboard.

Press play to start the cassette playing.

Now, play any notes from MIDI 1 to 31 (A0 - G1). You can adjust the note range in code.py if needed, depending on the range of your MIDI controller.

Your Walkmellotron will play it's mellow/slightly haunting tones!

This guide was first published on Jun 29, 2022. It was last updated on Jun 17, 2024.

This page (Jam on the Walkmellotron) was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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