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Roland RE-201

Roland RE-201 Space Echo

4.75 4.75 out of 5, based on 2 Reviews

A good sounding and nice looking unit!

8th February 2012

Roland RE-201 Space Echo by erikdrink

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
Roland RE-201

Here we go, the Roland RE-201

I use it in a turntable set up where the aux out feeds the RE-201 and returns in to its own channel. This way I can control the signal even further.

The sound quality on this tape echo is just outstanding imho. If you let the tape go on for a long time without being cleaned, that sizzling noise starts to appear! Just what a dubhead wants. Offcourse this is not always desirable when it comes to the recording studio.

I find the features quite suitable though I miss some kind of high pass filter on the feedback to really squeeze the sound...

The price varies due to its condition both inside and outside but if you are lucky you could get a nice RE-201 for a small amount of buck!

All in all, the space echo is almost a must have if you are in to the dub music, listening or production wize!

7th January 2020

Roland RE-201 Space Echo by jml designs

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
Roland RE-201

If you're reading this post-2020 you have to ask yourself why you'd buy a used one with all the quirks and potentially old parts to deal with. I own two (what's better than mono? Stereo) and there's things you can DO with an RE-201 you can't with the plug. Check out this video I made and listen for the random pitch bends in the track. Sounds like these are unmistakable and cannot be reproduced. When the tape motor flutters you get beautiful harmonic mistakes that I am madly in love with. Not to mention hands on control in realtime is what this machine is all about. If you keep yours ears out as you study music and sound you'll often hear masters in our field talk about detuning on purpose and the magic of error and flaw. Nowhere does that apply more than a 12 string guitar and an RE-201! Enjoy

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