Roland RE-201 Space Echo

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The Roland RE-201 Space Echo is truly a Vintage (1973) piece of music technology with lots of appeal even today. It's not a synth, but a Tape-Echo machine for creating true analog echo effects. The RE-201 is a simple system in which a small loop of tape records an incoming signal and immediately plays the recorded sound back over a couple playback heads before being erased over by new incoming audio. A real analog system with warm, gritty and almost noiseless operation, the Space Echo can provide warm, unpredictable and highly tweakable echo effects.

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There are twelve settings to adjust various tape loop speeds, number of repeats, levels, intensity, etc... It can even generate some of its own feedback loops for instant sci-fi effects. It features a built in spring reverb for even more classic analog effects. The RE-201 not only has Vintage appeal but is still widely used to get those dubby, slightly unpredictable, musically analog echo effects. It's a definite must for the TripHop and dub genres. It has been used by Portishead, Underworld, Fatboy Slim, Dust Brothers, Jean Michel-Jarre, Mr. Oizo, Bob Marley, Vangelis, Sneaker Pimps, Future Sound of London, The Orb, KISS, Sublime, Luke Vibert, Radiohead, Lauryn Hill and Tomita.

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19 Visitor comments
Franz Fistula
May 4, 2013 @ 4:37 am
I just managed to get my hands on one of these outstanding machines and I'm currently using it for vocals (got the boss colaboration version for my guitar). What I have noticed though is that it's making these squeaking sounds which I suppose comes from the tape loop, is this normal or should one take any sort of action?
April 15, 2013 @ 10:41 pm
I finally bought myself a space echo (re-150 version) and I must say I'm really impressed. There's nothing like it. Sound is moving in an unpredictable, beautiful way. Like a warm psychedelic caress to my ears. I used to play a Strymon El Capistan but it was less fun, more predictable. I found love!
Goran Tomic
January 30, 2012 @ 1:51 am
Sigue Sigue Sputnik also used that peace of stuff!
August 24, 2011 @ 8:48 am
I've created a patch template which other users might find useful - a great way to remember that perfect setup: ho-templates_24.html
June 21, 2010 @ 9:57 am
Massive Attack was using one live in NY in 2010 on a Moog Voyager and in 2006 on guitar to make walls of noise.

By far the 2 best shows of my life!
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 4 inputs, 1 output, 1 phones
  • Oscillators - None (Continuous Tape Loop)
  • LFO - n/a
  • Filter - n/a
  • VCA - n/a
  • Memory - None
  • Keyboard - n/a
  • Control - None
  • Date Produced - 1973 - 1988

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