The M-Tron's Layers work like VSM's - and so, like VSM, they can be turned off and on individually. There are no effects or 'phasing' functions - which isn't a problem, as the Layers sound great without them.
But the appeal of M-Tron lies not in its pitch-bending abilities, but in the textural richness and depth of its sound. The instrument's non-linear tape-roll playback technique allows for a variety of tonal variations, ranging from the mellow, gurgling, warble of the Layers below 1kHz, to the bright, sparkling tones of the chime layers above. The latter are particularly interesting, sounding like a combination of a VSM's Chord and a Mopho's Drum-Tone - and with a full-leveled chord, a Mellotron's upper register is rarely heard this lushly.
The Chord's tone can be applied to any Layer, and, as with VSM's Chord, can be varied by holding the pitch-bend lever and rotating the knob. The Chord can be muted with the mute function - which is very smart, as it means the Chord can be played with a fairly drum-like 'pulse' - and, in fact, this is the only sensible use for the mute function, as it is too quiet to be of any use on the Layers. [It can be used to mute the whole instrument (if desired) for a more 'natural' sound, but M-Tron sounds too good not to be able to mute individual Layers with the mute function.]
It’s important to note the M-Tron Pro is a virtual instrument and will not appear on the main screen. This means it will appear as a device in the Devices window of your iTunes library. If you have the iTunes Music Player Pro installed this will be added to the main screen.
The next time you start up your computer do not open the program yet. Instead of this, close all other programs and start up your Mac. You’ll see a message about missing plugins. Click on the missing plugins and you’ll be guided through a wizard which should install the missing plugins. After you have installed your sound plugin make sure to restart your computer in order to make the changes take effect. 827ec27edc