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Catalinbread Echorec Multi-Head Delay Guitar Pedal
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- The Swell knob controls the number of repeats regenerated - from a single repeat of each playback head to infinite repeats.
- The Tone control tilts the EQ of the repeats from dark and fat to bright and thin. Dark settings makes the repeats sit in the background. Bright settings emphasizes the attack, great for playing off the syncopated rhythms of the multi-head arrangement.
- The delay time on the Catalinbread Echorec goes from about 40ms -1000ms. And the cool thing is you can twist the Delay Time knob in real-time to get speeding-up / slowing-down, spaceship warp landing sounds!
- Mix knob goes from full dry to full wet giving a lot of flexibility to use the Echorec in a variety of situations, even wet/dry rigs by setting the Mix full wet.
- User-tunable modulation on the repeats that simulates the warble of the rotating platter. Or set more extreme to achieve new dimensions in chorus textures.
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- The classic Binson syncopated multi-head sound
- Lush, swirling ambient beds
- Spacious arpeggio chording
- Cool fifties style slapbacks that have more dimension and complexity than single-tap echoes
- Awesome faux reverbs
- Multi-dimensional chorus type sounds
- Oscillating space ship sounds
- Epic soaring leads
Catalinbread Echorec Multi-Head Delay Guitar Pedal
The Binson Echorec was so cool we had no choice but to bring it back. And we wanted to bring it back right. We wanted to take all the goodness of that huge Binson Echorec and squeeze it down into a standard sized stompbox without losing anything. In fact, in addition to not losing any of the qualities that made it such a compelling musical device, we wanted to Extend its capabilities because the original Binson hinted at possibilities that it couldn’t realize. We’re talking about variable delay time! We thought, 'What if we had the same four playback head concept but could stretch the delay time out beyond the 300mS of the original Binson?' Then the rhythmic patterns suggested by the various combinations of those four playback heads could really come to life!
The Catalinbread Echorec has been a labor of love for all of us here. It was years in the making
and we're so thrilled it has finally come to fruition. As if it needs saying, we're really excited with
the way this pedal turned out, exceeding our expectations.
The Swell knob is essentially the feedback control of the delay. When this control is fully counter-clockwise you will get one repeat (well, 1-4 repeats depending on which playback heads are active.) As you raise the control you’ll get more repeats, giving you that famous Echorec swirl. The repeats float off over the horizon rather than falling off into distorted echoes. Towards the end of the sweep the Echorec will begin to
self-oscillate for spaceship sounds and runaway feedback. Somewhere between 1:00 and 3:00 and you can get a beautiful ambient pad that doesn’t take off in oscillation and doesn’t completely fade out. The Swell control regenerates the sum of all the heads being used (set by the
Program Select knob) to create its complex swirl of repeats. It’s intoxicating!
The TONE knob controls the timbre of the echo repeats. It is a tilt style tone control. Around 12 o’clock you’ll get a relatively flat, neutral EQ. Turning the knob counter-clockwise will give you darker, thicker repeats, from a mild burnishing, or all the way to deep, murky repeats. Turning
the control clockwise will result in brighter, thinner repeats making it especially good to bring out the attack on rhythmic repeats or to just add a shimmer without muddying up the fundamental note of your playing. The Tone control can be a lot of fun when the Echorec is self-oscillating. Turning it counter-clockwise the repeats will slowly bubble to the
surface, like a behemoth rising from the deep, and turning it clockwise will bring out a siren-like effect when you adjust the delay time as well.
The original Echorec had a maximum delay time of 300ms. The delay time on the Catalinbread Echorec goes from about 40ms -1000ms. And the cool thing is you can twist the Delay Time knob in real-time to get speeding-up / slowing-down, spaceship warp landing sounds! A lot of modern delay pedals don’t do that. They just stop echoing while you’re turning the knob. What fun is that?
The original Echorec had a 12 position switch which controlled the various playback head configurations. Since the original was mechanical with the disc only able to go one speed, not all combinations were available for use. The Catalinbread Echorec changes all that. With the ability to vary the delay time on the single playback head, we were able to include all combinations, which include rhythmic patterns not available before. Programs 7, 10, and 11 are these programs.
The Echorec was so cool we wanted to bring it back. And we wanted to bring it back right. We wanted to take all the goodness of that huge Binson Echorec and squeeze it down into a standard sized stompbox without losing anything. In fact, not only did we not want to lose any of its qualities that made it such a compelling musical device, we wanted to extend its capabilities because the original Binson hinted at possibilities that it couldn’t realize. We’re talking about variable delay time! We thought, “What if we had the same four playback head concept but could stretch the delay time out beyond the 300ms limitation? Then the rhythmic patterns suggested by the various combinations of those four playback heads could really come to life!” Since most of the Binson’s
settings were basically within the 'slapback echo' delay time range, you couldn’t really play off of the syncopations suggested by the head combinations.
Just like a musical instrument, the more you play your Echorec the more expressive depth you’ll find in it.
Yeah, we’re pretty stoked on this thing. We know you will be too!
- Howard Gee, Catalinbread.
Top Customer Reviews
The Catalinbread Echo Rec is the best Digital Delay Tape Emulator (of the legendary Binson) I have ever heard, right next to Catalinbread's other amazing delay pedal, the Belle Epoch (an exact replica of the Echoplex EP3.)
The sound of the delay tone is deep and authentic! It really does sound like an old Binson with loads of Mojo! You can really connect with both pedals mentioned and get inside of the sound with your playing. That is the mark of a Great Delay! Don't hesitate to try this and the Belle Epoch, if what you are searching for is an authentic Tape Delay, look no further! Catalinbread is the best!
Why? Because things usually sound better when each pedal does just one thing really well. And that's what the Belle Epoch does. It simulates the grandest of all echo effects, the Echoplex, brilliantly. That's all it does, but it sounds beautiful and there are no bad sounds to be had. I think it's in a league with the Strymon units which are twice the price and four times the complexity. I hate unnecessary complexity and the the Belle Epoch has almost no learning curve simply because it starts off sounding gorgeous.
If I had to fault the Belle Epoch, it's that on units with the standard gray finish the writing above the knobs is nearly illegible. If you like echo and delay and can commit the money to getting this one effect right, this is the way to go.
These guys make some really nice pedals.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have a cheap little analog delay pedal that is really quite good, but this Echorec most definitely holds its place against it. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Art
Sounds great. Eric Johnson replaced his Echoplex units with these and I heard youtube video comparisons before purchasing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tubetones
Amazing little toy with endless possibilities and tweakability whether you're cultivating your own sound or trying to sound like the legends.Published 7 months ago by Chris