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Some of the nuggets of wisdom we've picked up as we've overhauled, tested & sold hundreds of tape echoes, as well as using them in our studio for many years, not to mention swapping tips with top musicians and producers around world.
All tape is not equal. Many (most?) tapes available online do not perform well in Roland echoes... Based on our experience working on hundreds of tape echoes and trying many tapes, this is the answer to the question: Which is the best tape loop for my Roland (or Korg!) tape echo?
We are regularly asked "do you have a stereo tape echo?" or "can I get a stereo pair of tape echoes?", so we thought we'd put our answer and some demos here for easy reference.
How slow can a Space Echo go? How long is the longest repeat? We dig into the variations in design, effects of age, & there's more about bad tape...
Replacement instructions in English for Roland Space and Chorus Echoes - download & print out, or buy full versions from the site.
A growing collection of useful, interesting (or possibly both!) demos of vintage tape echoes from ourselves and others...
Links below for manuals for all models of Roland tape echo available to use and download.
Links below for service manuals for all models of Roland Tape Echo - available to use and download.
This page follows on from our introduction to Korg Stage Echoes and also our Roland echo pages. It will help you decide between which Roland or Korg tape delay model will be best for you.
Info & video showing you how to change the tape loop on a Roland Space Echo RE-201.
(Spoiler: Yes, but...) We often get asked if we consider Roland Space and Chorus Echoes to be reliable; a reasonable question, given that they're 30 to 40 (or more) years old.
The information and photos of the gear we've had through our hands are a valuable resource that we want to make available to as many people as possible (and yes, of course it also shows the depth of our knowledge and experience and gives buyers confidence!).Take a wander through our archives; pause to look at some of the rare, strange, or one-off pieces of equipment we've had through; stop with a sharp intake of breath at the rows of Binson Echorecs stretching into the distance...
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