Cherry Audio Releases Stardust 201 Tape Echo

Cherry Audio Releases Stardust 201 Tape Echo

Post date:

Wed, 10/13/2021 - 08:33


Naomi Bolton

Just when you think you don't need another tape echo plug-in, Cherry Audio releases Stardust 201. This is not just any tape echo, though, as Cherry Audio describes it as a "hot-rodded" interpretation of the classic Roland "Space Echo" effects that were popular in the 70s and 80s. These represented a giant leap in not just reliability but also sound quality compared to earlier tape echoes. The Space Echo was groundbreaking for its time thanks to a solidly built tape-transport mechanism, and some modules even included spring reverb and chorus effects.

For Stardust 201, Cherry Audio precisely recreated the limited fidelity and stability of audio tape. The result is a natural rolloff of bass and treble frequencies that provide super-warm tonality along with minor speed variances. While this is great for lending an organic chorusing quality to repeats, it is also possible to overload the circuity by cranking the intensity knob. Doing so will generate the signature other-worldly echoes and feedback that can only be produced by a tape echo.

With Stardust 201 Tape Echo Cherry Audio has included features from both the original RE-201 and RE-301 Space Echo Units. However, they have also added some of their own, resulting in a great-sounding and extremely flexible tape echo effect. For less than the price of a Space Echo replacement audio tape loop, you can get Stardust 201, which never breaks down or requires demagnetizing.

Stardust 201 Tape Echo is available in AU, VST, VST3, and AAX formats for the price of $29 (currently discounted to $19). It is compatible with Windows and macOS, but those who want to try it out first can take advantage of the seven-day demo. While the demo is unlimited, it does play white noise periodically. Check out the complete list of Stardust 201 Tape Echo features below and visit the official website to purchase your copy.

Authentically modeled vintage tape echo, including seven virtual tape head modes

  • 4x-extended "wide mode" delay time range
  • LFO echo time mod section
  • Sync to DAW master tempo
  • Exclusive "motor kill" switch
  • Lush, true-stereo modeled BBD chorus circuit
  • Modeled input overdrive for crunchy tones
  • Dual independent tape loops for super-wide stereo imaging
  • Stereo spring reverb
  • Selectable mono/stereo modes
  • Bass and treble EQ controls
  • User-selectable color themes