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Boss RE-20 Space Echo Pedal
- Amazing simulation of the famous Roland RE-201, with the spacious, analog tone of the original Space Echo
- Faithful modeling of the RE-201’s tape flutter and magnetic head sound saturation
- Tap input pedal allows delay time to be set by foot
- Longer delay time than the original RE-201
- Control parameters such as REPEAT RATE, INTENSITY, and more via Expression pedal
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One of the most beloved echo effects ever made, the Roland RE-201 Space Echo, has been reborn as the BOSS RE-20 Twin Pedal! Roland and BOSS have recreated every sonic detail and nuance of the original. Experience the legendary tape-echo sound of the RE-201, and get “lost in space” with this retro-modern marvel.
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I bought it, with the intent to sell it again, or trash it.
After a few weeks of it just laying around, I decided to try 2 things as a last chance for this pedal..
1 - plug it in to its own power source and not power it in a daisy chain with my other pedals, and;
2 - plug it into my amp's effects loop, and not into the pre-amp line with the other pedals.... problem solved!!!
now I am really enjoying having this pedal and experimenting with the different sounds it can produce.
so if for some reason, like me, you experience a total tonal suck-fest when you plug this in.. try the 2 steps i did to get the maximum out of this pedal.
The reverb leaves something to be desired. I find to to be just passable - nothing special. This is coming from someone who is used to spring-mechanical fender reverbs, so my tastes may be coloring my opinion somewhat, but I find the reverb here to be a little dead sounding. One thing that I definitely don't get is why there isn't a separate on/off pedal for the reverb, or at least a port on the back to hook up a switching pedal to do the job - that would've been quite handy. My sound is such that I frequently have a need to turn delay on & off, but I leave my reverb going throughout - there is no way to accomplish this if you are using this pedal as your primary delay/reverb box. This severely limits the usefulness of the reverb effect in my opinion.
With the exception of the aforementioned lack of a switching mechanism for the reverb, the selection of ports on this device are pretty good - stereo/mono in/outs, switchable direct out, a jack for an expansion pedal for controlling things like intensity, etc, make it a pretty flexible device.
My biggest complaint is that 3 years after buying my first unit, it developed a strange side effect - when the device is in bypass mode, the whole signal is cut out - this is NOT NORMAL BEHAVIOR, in this respect the Space Echo should work like every other pedal in the market, passing the clean signal through when the effect is disengaged. Despite this I bought a second one, because I need that Space Echo sweetness for my rig, and anyway I am of the opinion that this is just a random fluke and not endemic in the line. I've had tons of BOSS pedals over the years and this is the first time -I've- had any problems with one, although it should be noted that a friend of mine bought a tuner not too long ago and it was bad out of the box. It makes me wonder about Roland's quality control as of late...
Anyway 4 stars:
- Awesome delay: the best on the market in a pedal.
- Excellent array of ins/outs.
- BUILT IN TAP TEMPO
- Price: expensive for a single purpose guitar pedal. Arguably worth it.
- Reliability: First one only lasted 3 years before developing a weird quirk.
- Lack of a switchable way to engage/disengage the reverb seems like an oversight.
The RE-20 has four Repeat (Echo) modes, seven Reverb/Echo modes, and a Reverb only mode. Another reviewer stated that the Reverb (a "three-Z-shaped-spring") isn't very good, and I agree. It's adequate, but I prefer to use a separate reverb pedal as well. The Repeat (Echo) and Reverb/Echo modes are all very good. They have a variety of single, double and triple echos, "pings", reverberations, etc.
It is a highly-versatile pedal that provides a rich variety of sounds with a small footprint and works well with my Boss EV-5 expression pedal with four selectable control settings: (1) Repeat Rate, (2) Intensity (Feedback), (3) Echo (volume) Level, and (4) Twist, a very effective simultaneous increase in Repeat Rate and Intensity that produces a whirring, swirling, spacey effect that slows the faster spinning "tapes" gradually when released. The expression pedal provides instant changes with minimal movement, and is almost too sensitive on a few of the settings.
I highly recommend the Space Echo if you are interested in expanding your delay options. I'm glad I did.
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