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Tape Echo: Echo Fix EF-X2 meets Vintage Roland RE-201… And Others

Published on 26 Jul 2019

In this episode Dan and I take a listen to the new-for-2019 Echo Fix EF-X2.
It’s a modern take on Roland’s seminal RE-201 Space Echo, that uses real tape for the echo/delay effects. We also include some common modern delay pedals, both tape simulation and analog delays, to get an idea of how things compare. What do we think?

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Pedals & stuff in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three2One

• TC Electronic PolyTune 2 Mini
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• Roland Space Echo RE-201

• Echo Fix Tape Echo EF-X2

• Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe
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• TC Electronic FlashbackII X4
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• MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay
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• Jam Pedals TPS Ltd Edition Rattler

• Keeley D&M Drive
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• TheGigRig G2

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing: 0:00
- Hello! 2:11
- Old, new, borrowed & blue: 02:55
- What are we doing today? 3:20
- Today’s questions? 4:00
- What is the new blue tape machine?: 04:48
- Ooh, look at the tape! 5:00
- If we seem tired today… 06:40
- What is the difference between tape and analogue delay?: 07:25
- Amps today?: 09:30 (9:47)
- First listen to the Space Echo clean: 10:50
- Comparing Space Echo to the MXR Carbon Copy: 11:35
- Comparing Space Echo with Digital Delay: 13:30
- Analogue and digital delay with gain: 16:19
- And so to the tape echoes, finally! 17:45
- Explaining the RE-201 Space Echo: 18:05
- Space Echo clean with Dan’s Tele: 19:40
- First listen to the Echo Fix: 20:35
- The importance of EQ on the repeats: 22:30
- Space Echo and Echo Fix with gain: 23:20
- What’s Airwolf? 24:40
- The importance of impedance/buffering with the Space Echo: 26:30
- And inevitably more talk of buffers: 27:20
- RE-210 multi-tap tape sounds: 29:19
- Echo Fix: 31:10
- The effect of head gap and tape speed on delay time: 32:21
- Three heads – we should have said that already… 33:15
- Belle Epoch Deluxe? (yes, we know it’s EP-3 alike) 36:15 (37:05)
- Space Echo, Echo Fix and BED with longer delay times: 37:00 (37:48)
- …and with a bit of gain and oscillation… 43:10
- FlashbackII X4 in tape mode: 46:04
- One thing I would say… 48:10

Guitars in this episode:
• Fender Custom Shop 1963 Telecaster - watch Dan’s video at
• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video at

Amps in this episode
• Two Rock Classic Reverb Signature with Two-Rock 212 cabinet / TR 1265B speakers
• Matchless HC30 with Bob Burt Custom 1x12 / Celestion G12M Greenback

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