About Norm Leete
Norm Leete with MkII Mellotron
Norm Leete with MkII Mellotron

I used to be an Embedded Software Engineer but in my spare time my passion (some would say obsession) was all things to do with the production of electronic music.

As well as producing music for my own amusement I have written music for corporate videos and for theatrical productions. I have also repaired and restored some of the older electronic instruments and created / designed sounds for third parties so I have an interest in the technical side of things as well. As part of my “obsession” I explored a number of electronic music sites and was amazed at the range of quality of the information about various electronic musical instruments on the web but also alarmed at the inaccuracy of some sites (especially some references to the Mellotron, one of my favourite instruments). I therefore decided to start a site of my own that would reflect my personal experience of electronic musical instruments. All this activity resulted in Streetly Electronics asking me to help to design the Streetly Electronics M4000 in my “spare time”.

In 2008  I finally went self-employed and formed NormLeete Industries repairing and restoring old electronic musical instruments as well as building bits for new ones. One of my roles in creating the controller for the M4000 was writing the software (in assembler – very Old School).  As I cannot completely escape my past I have also done some Software Consultancy.

I am based in the UK and it will not come as shock that any prices quoted are in pounds sterling and addresses tend to refer to companies based in the UK.  However, links are international as is the information.

Maintaining a web site is a bit like writing a book that constantly changes, the problem is that I am no author! The demise of AoL Hometown has resulted in the creation of this site/occasional blog, I hope you find it useful / interesting.

7 thoughts on “Hi…”

  1. Hi Norm!
    It’s great to know your knowledge will be available to those of us that need it and trust you!
    Thanks and Happy New Year my friend!
    Tony #510

  2. Hi Norm,

    Saw your comments on the website (I’ll try to get my typing improved!) and general Renishaw situation (It’s good to laugh:-) – saw the shares fell 33 points today, the share holders should look out!

    Might be worth buying the odd share just to get a free lunch and to meet some like-minded shareholders!

    Hope You & Verity are enjoying your post-Renishaw existence as much as Martin & I,


  3. Hi Mr Leete, i read an interesting article in the UK Based Sound on Sound magazine that you did oin the Fairlight CMI Synth / Sampler, which is one of my Favourite instruments of all time. I was wondering if you still had the Fairlight? I am one of many millions of technology fans and have also become interested in the Mellotron (especially the Mk II and Mk IIFX Models) I love to see any technology but i guess you could call the Mellotron ‘The Grand Daddy of the Fairlight’ Right? although i know the mellotron stored sounds on real tape rather than digitally, i suppose it could be called the worlds first sample player, after all the sounds are kind-of samples of notes right? I love the site by the way, very informative and useful with hints and tips, well done! All the best to you from Kristien Bell-Wadge from Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire

  4. Hello Cous,

    Great to see your website up and running, and good to see you the other day. You were talking about a Yammy Sampler with me, it sounds good, but I really need to know if my Ensoniq EPS is just a very large paper weight or wurth getting going ? My bro gave it to me ages ago and I have had it in lots of pieces on the floor a few times to try and see what is wrong with it. But my electronics is not so good! I can do the PCB design bit but thats as far as it goes! By the way I also read your artical on the Fairlight CMI way back and thought it was Brilliant.
    Wish I had one, I used to dream about it back in the 80’s whlie we were trying to get our heads around the DX7s and its 9 million page manual on algorithms! Great web site, I can use it to understand a bit more about synths now, Speak to you soon, cheers Cous

  5. Hello, Norm – thanks for your site + info therein. Very interesting. I heard “ITCOTKC” when I was 10 & have adored the Mellotron ever since.

    I was very fortunate to acquire an M4000D Mini recently. I’d be really interested to read your thoughts on it, as unless I missed it (if so, sorry) you don’t mention it on your site. Thanks.

    Best wishes

  6. Thank you for the fascinating and detailed introduction!

    A possibly silly question:
    What happens when a key is continually depressed for more than eight seconds? One hopes that there exists some form of cutout to prevent the sample tape from being enlengthened.

    – CJH / esper

  7. I was with the Mellotron Boys up in Brum……..
    They suggested U might B able 2 help with my slightly ill Wasp synth.
    Any thoughts ??

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