What delays actually get the tape delay sound, not analog delay but tape!

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  1. kurt1981

    kurt1981 Supporting Member

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    So, I've been searching for this for a long time, and thought I'd ask outright. So many of the delays that claim to sound like an echoplex just give you a dark murky analog delay sound and call it good. Models I'm thinking of are the faux tape echo and echosex types. I love that sound too, but it's not what I hear when I hear an actual echoplex. I want to find something that gets that sound where the repeats get bright and thin as they decay, not dark and murky. From what I've heard from demos the belle epoch kind of does this, but even that seems to darken up quite a bit and the repeats get pretty distorted. So, what's out there that'll do it without costing the $1300 of a fulltone TTE or similar?
    Thanks for the help,
    Kurt
     
  2. 0xeneye

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    In pedal format, CatalinBread Bell Epoch Deluxe is the gold standard
     
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    Wampler faux tape echo is very good too.
     
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    Nothing beats the Bell Epoch Deluxe IMHO.
     
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    Strymon El Capistan and Volante.
     
  7. kurt1981

    kurt1981 Supporting Member

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    Wampler doesn’t do it for me,? I need to find a demo of the epoch into a clean amp.
     
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    Dunlop Echoplex and there are some good EP tone prints floating around for the TC Flashback
     
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    The Catalinbreads sound good but the modulation is wrong. El Capistan doesn't sound good at all to me. The Dunlop Echoplex pedal is close, but the controls are annoying.
     
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    Belle Epoch Deluxe and Nocturne Mysterybrain are on my board and do that sound to a tee.
     
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    Boss re 201
     
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    Belle Epoch is the Pinnacle in my opinion when it comes too tape delays.
     
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    The low end contour on the El Capistan allows for high-passed repeats that roll off the lows like an Echoplex. Make sure to use single head mode B (or A).

    Of course the Catalinbread BED (mode 1) will sound good as well.
     
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    The Deluxe is better for it. The original Belle Epoch is nice but it lacks the 22 volt power rail and other important features of the EP3's circuitry. That 22 volt rail really ups the headroom which allows for clearer repeats.
     
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    kurt1981 Supporting Member

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    I've considered the strymon, just wish it didn't draw so much current! I'll have to look into the boss, as the demos make it sound pretty good surprisingly.
     
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    In my mind, big box 90's reissue DMM with MN3005's is the king. The modulation on that provides the warble and flutter that others can't.

    I've owned an EP3, along with a Cornish TES, and a host of others including the famous rack delays.

    Nothing to my ears got as close as that 90's reissue DMM. The wonkiness, noise, etc... are all the staples of a real EP3.
     
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    Dawner Prince Boonar...for Binson
     
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  19. jimijimmyjeffy

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    The El Cap gives you that necessary control over the repeats to make them behave like an echoplex. Many units do not.

    The EC lacks the preamp, but that had nothing to do with duplicating the actual tape sound the OP is referring to.

    For a cheapie option, the TC Flashbacks also can make the repeats behave.
     
  20. Fedx

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    The El Capistan should suit you, it has the Low End Contour (secondary function of the Tape Age) that allows you to remove as much low end you want from the repeats.
    There're people suggesting to put a Dunlop Echoplex preamp in front of it to get even closer to the real units (but I haven't tried it)
     
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