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UA Starlight Vs Classics & Our Delay Pedal Faves

Published 21 May 2021

Universal Audio has made a stellar new delay, but does it stand up to the classics?

Life too short for long YouTube videos? Please see the ‘Interesting bits and go-to sections’ information below.

Welcome to the show! The veritable recording legend that is Universal Audio has raised its gaze from the mixing desk and put its considerable know-how into an all-new range of guitar effects pedals.
The Starlight Echo Station is the first in our sights, so in this video we compare it to a real tape echo (albeit not the actual one it is modelled on) and an original Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man to see what’s what. For good measure we add a couple of perennial modern faves for interest.

Please note: Yes, we know the Fulltone Tube Tape Echo is not an EP-3. But it’s the closest thing we have. As we mention many times in the video.

Enjoy the show!

Gear in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three 2 One

• Sonic Research ST-300 Turbo Tuner

• J Rockett APE
UK & Europe:

• Keeley D&M Drive
UK & Europe:

• Fulltone Custom Shop Tube Tape Echo

• Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man
No longer made

• Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe
UK & Europe:

• Empress Echo System
UK & Europe:

• Universal Audio Starlight Echo Station
UK & Europe:

• TheGigRig G3

• Two-Rock Classic Reverb Signature & 112 cab with WGS12L speaker

• Tone King Imperial MkII
USA: Combo:
USA: Head:

• 1965 Fender Telecaster - no specific video yet
• 2001 Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video here:
• Gibson Custom True Historic 1957 Les Paul Custom Murphy Aged
• 2016 Epiphone Casino (Lollar P90 pickups) - Mick’s video –
• Fender Classic Series ’60s Jazzmaster Lacquer

Interesting bits and go-to sections
0:00 Intro playing
2:28 What are we doing today?
4:30 Four delay machines modelled
5:45 Dan’s Neil Finn Memory Man
9:27 Starlight three tape modes
11:00 UA app & analog dry through
12:03 Starlight & Fulltone comparison
15:17 Bypassed tone change?
16:55 J Rockett APE & Starlight
19:00 Tape echo sounds & Les Paul
27:02 Belle Epoch Deluxe & Starlight
34:00 …and tape echo
35:00 Deluxe Memory Man sounds
40:14 Starlight & Memory Man sounds
44:00 …with drive & self oscillation
50:35 Empress EchoSystem
55:19 Talk about Starlight Stereo
58:10 Starlight stereo sounds
1:02:03 Dan Jazzmaster Schwang!
1:06:30 Closing thoughts & roundup

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