REPLICATOR TAPE ECHO
There once was a time when a ”bucket brigade” was a handful of firemen and digital processing was only used by computers the size of a house. Echo effects were largely done by using magnetic tape run by a motor – it was such a cool sounding concept, but the size, weight and ease of use was always a challenge for the players.
That was then, this is now!
The Replicator is T-Rex Engineering´s take on the ultimate tape echo unit, complete with a motor, magenetic heads and a tape cartridge. The goal was to make a tape echo unit that could nail the sound quality of the old echo units, but surpass them in features. Size, ease of use and super-fast tape replacing were obvious areas of improvement, but we also put in tap tempo, two playback heads for three output modes and a chorus mode that modulates the pitch of the echos.
The tape cartridge (available seperately) can be replaced in seconds and the high headroom of the circuit will allow you to use this pedal for processing line signals as well (keyboards, P.A. aux sends, preamps, etc.).
The difference between a super precise, accurate digital echo and the Replicator is that there is a certain amount of unpredictability in the sound of tape. It has its own life, almost. And that personality translates into a very natural sounding echo that we think feels more like an instrument than a sound effect.
CV inputs accept 0-5V control signals, so you can now plug in your favorite oscillator module and control delay time and/or feedback electronically.
Pair it up with a funky, modern wave generator for a perfect marriage between 70´s ambience and contemporary sound manipulation.
The added filter switch dampens high frequency content in the delay signal for less noise and a darker echo.
The internal power rails has been modified to run from the +/-12V Eurorack standard, so you get all the same sounds and features from the pedal version, but in a more studio/keyboard/synth-friendly format.
Get creative with CV control of true tape echos, process instrument signals/tracks in the studio or use as a table top echo unit for live sound.
• All analog echos and signal path
• Delay time controlled by a digitally controlled motor
• Three echo modes, modulation of the echo and tap tempo
• CV inputs for controlling time/feedback – get super spacious, yet ultra cool sounds
• Kill-dry switch for parallel processing (mixer)
• Housed in a compact Eurorack module (44HP)