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modern, easily serviceable tape echo?

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 2:07 am
by MitchK1989
Ok, so I'm basically looking for some analog effects to patch into my DAW (getting a motu 828 MK2, so I can just patch the effects into the inputs and outputs)

Basically, I want an RE-201, but I'm worried about difficulty in replacing the tape, fixing things, etc.

I was wondering if anyone made a modern space echo-ish tape delay that had some type of easily replaceable tape (preferably with tape available from the manufacturer of the echo or something)...

I really want the kind of crazy tape saturated feedback, wow and flutter, and the bends when I play with the delay time...

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 2:47 am
by tallowwaters

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 3:16 am
by MitchK1989
That looks pretty awesome, but it's way more expensive than even a real RE-201...

Am I overestimating the problems of a vintage tape echo? What type of work am I talking about with the space echo? How often do you have to service them?

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 3:20 am
by Stab Frenzy
A new tape echo won't sound like an old one, a lot of those sounds you're talking about, like the wow and flutter, are exaggerated in old units because they're wearing out.

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 3:40 am
by aeon
None of the three modern-production tape echoes, e.g., Fulltone, Hiwatt, and Blue Coconut, deliver the audio mojo of a vintage Roland Space Echo/Chorus Echo.

Some of that is the fact these older machines are worn, but much of it also has to do with things like the RE-201's circuits being discrete.


Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:07 am
by Jack Spider
Although not a tape echo per se, have you looked into the Boss RE-20, Mitch? It's a modelled recreation of the RE-201, boasting simulations of the flutter. ... ductId=896

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 1:37 am
by insky
There's the Guyatone Tape Echo unit. I have no idea how it sounds or if it's even close to a Space Echo. I'm not sure what kind of tape it take tape loop, cartridges...

It's modern though.

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 6:42 am
by aeon
Thanks insky! I didn't even know about that one. :oops: