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Catalinbread Belle Epoch (EP3 Tape Echo Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal
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An epic tape echo based on the legendary EP-3 Echoplex.

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 you love about the EP-3 in a small, maintenance free pedal format. The designers 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 play the pedal as an instrument unto itself, 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 Belle Epoch was designed to be run in front of your amp in the same way the Echoplex was designed to be run in front of your amp. They share almost identical input and output circuit topologies, including the passive unbuffered mixer circuit of the EP-3. However, we tuned it to have a lower output impedance than the EP-3 to not load down the output as much while still retaining the open non-buffered output interface. A buffer does just what the name implies - it isolates one circuit from the next and can create a "disconnected" feeling that is subtle but a player who relies on touch-sensitive dynamics in his rig will appreciate the difference of not having the buffer. Having said that, the Belle Epoch will perform great in almost any pedal stacking situation. But for the most authentic Echoplex-like experience, we recommend that you run it before any foundation overdrive type pedals and after fuzzes, treble boosters, and the like. For the most awesome experience, try playing it right in line before your cranked up tube amp.

Catalinbread Belle Epoch (EP3 Tape Echo Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal Features:

  • MIX control replicates the functionality of the Echo Volume control on the EP-3
    TONE / REC LEV control sets how hard the "tape" or delay line is hit
    SWAY / MOD control sets the amount of random tape wow and flutter effects in the echoes
    ECHO SUSTAIN controls how much delay signal is fed back to the delay line to get multiple repeats
    ECHO DELAY controls the delay time, from about 80ms all the way up to 800ms

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  • Brings back that vintage tone w/o need for tapes!

    As reviewed by Mike on 8/31/2014

    This pedal has the authentic Echo Plex tone without the need to search for replacement tapes and lug around a large additional piece of equipment. Remember to buy the proper adaptor, this does not run on a 9-volt battery. The 18 volt adaptor really makes this sound correct, try both and you will see. Really confused why Catlin does not offer with an adaptor. I was ready to return it since, I received it in the mail but did not have an adaptor. Went to the local Guitar Center, plugged it in with the proper adaptor, and it blew away the other models as for the vintage echoplex tone.

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  • How Did They Get The Tape In There?!?

    As reviewed by Jason on 12/19/2014

    Okay, the title was a joke - but seriously - do you want to replicate sounds of Jimmy Page? How about the end of Eddie Van Halen's Eruption? This is the most authentic Echoplex recreation out there, period. The wow and flutter as well as warble and signal degradation that can is achieved is just uncanny...and it is a well-built unit. I like it best when using 18volts instead of 9volts.

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