Boss RE-202, Strymon Volante, Line 6 DL4 MkII [Likes, Dislikes & Which Should You Buy?]

Published 06 May 2022

Welcome to the show! In this episode we pick up from last week’s show where we had a good listen to Boss’s RE-202, RE-2 and RE-20 Space Echoes… against the real-deal RE-201.
While that’s all very interesting and everything, perhaps the bigger question on people’s lips is: Should I buy the RE-202 or the Strymon Volante, given that both units are four-head tape (and drum) simulation echo/delay machines? Aaaaand, seeing as Line 6 has also just dropped the DL4 MkII too, what about that?
Now then, this is not an exhaustive deep dive on features – if you want that please check out the companies’ own demos, or indeed those they’ve had done by demoing third parties. Instead, what we are doing is offering some opinion on some overall likes and dislikes that draw us, or indeed repel us screaming, from each device. Well, not exactly screaming, but you get the idea.

Enjoy the show!
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Pedals used in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-300 Turbo Tuner

• Keeley D&M Drive
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• Strymon Volante
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• Line 6 DL4 MkII
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• Boss RE-202 Space Echo
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• Boss VB-2w Waza Craft Vibrato
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• TheGigRig G3

Interesting bits and go-to sections…
0:00 Intro playing
2:45 What are we doing today?
6:20 All the important things
8:40 Overview of main features
11:08 Volante - things we like
17:45 DL4 MkII - things we like
23:48 RE-202 - things we like
30:30 Volante - things we don’t like
36:25 DL4 MkII - things we don’t like
40:41 RE-202 - things we don’t like
44:15 Which one should you buy?
45:20 RE-202 or Volante?
47:30 Why Mick likes the 202 reverbs
52:05 Dan plays all the pedals
56:05 Closing thoughts

Guitars in this episode:
• Gibson Custom True Historic 1957 Les Paul Goldtop Murphy Aged - no video yet
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – Dan’s video here
• 1961 Fender Stratocaster - no video yet

Amps in this episode:
• Fender Custom Shop Bass Breaker with 2 x 12-inch Celestion Vintage 30 speakers
• 1961 Vox AC30 with 2 x 12-inch Celestion Alnico Blue speakers

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