Catalinbread Belle Epoch, EP3 Tape Echo Emulation Pedal

BELLE EPOCH

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  • Faithful sonic recreation of the EP-3 tape echo. Yes including the preamp.

    The Catalinbread Belle Epoch Tape Echo has tape echo sounds so authentic you’d swear there was tape inside the pedal! Inspired by the Maestro Echoplex EP-3 model perhaps the most famous tape delay ever the Belle Epoch features everything they love about the EP-3 in a small maintenance free pedal format. They felt that a “tape echo” pedal was much more than just a standard digital delay with some “filtering” on the repeats. There are a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle traits of the Echoplex that needed to be implemented in order to be authentic. The preamp the self-oscillation character the ability to control the “record level” of the signal hitting “tape” the wow and flutter the way the repeats decay the way the circuit interfaces with the amp and other pedals - all these things were important to get right. The original unit was used as a musical instrument unto itself and this is what we captured with the Belle Epoch.

    Preamp - Famous for making your guitar sound better even when the echoes are turned off.

    Quality of repeats - The Echoplex was not necessarily “hi-fi”. As the echoes repeated the signal got progressively degraded losing low end and gaining a shiny percussive top end with a bit of grit. The first repeat is strong and then it gets more and more diffused as it repeats. And in a well-tuned unit you could dial in the repeats “Echo Sustain” so that it would float almost indefinitely or cross the threshold to self-oscillation

    Record level - There’s a control on the EP-3 that sets how hard the tape gets hit. While this control was ostensibly used to optimize signal-to-noise ratio set low it would give light and airy repeats and set high it would saturate the tape hard and give an awesome fat and grungy repeat tone.

    Wow and flutter - They designed the Belle Epoch’s modulation control to simulate the daily mechanical irregularities inherent in original Echoplex units. This would typically include bumpy capstan wheels uneven tape tension uneven motor speed humidity and actual ghosts?

    Head drag - The original unit had a unique quality that when moving the delay time slider it took a moment to catch up to the adjustment creating a doppler like effect. The Belle Epoch reproduces this behavior while you turn the echo delay knob.
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