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
March 25, 2010 @ 5:44 am
I own one of these amazing machines and it does sound great, especially with the guitar.
Does anyone know why there might be slightly different case designs. The majority of photos I see have clips/catches on the side of lid, but mine has thumb screws on the top. Just thought it might have something to do with the age of production? Any info would be much appreciated.
December 13, 2009 @ 6:58 pm
Paco ROMAN used tihs machine in remixes , OJOS DE BRUJO ,and others produccions in spain
June 23, 2009 @ 5:53 am
Atari Teenage Riot did also use this piece
May 22, 2009 @ 4:55 pm
no studio shold b with out one this is a smoth not always as well oiled meachean as posibal but a troo delay none the less................
May 15, 2009 @ 2:26 pm
@Neil. I have 4 inputs-2Mic, 1Instrument, 1'from PA' and 1 mono output. I don't see how this unit is stereo? (no mention of stereo in card inside)
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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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