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The Roland Chorus Echo is an analog tape echo, chorus, and spring reverb rack effect unit released in 1982. It is one of my favorite things on the face of the earth. The unit features three playback tape heads which can be used independently and in combination. There are also two additional effects circuits that can be switched in and out: lush analog chorus, and a vibey, metallic spring reverb. The SRE-555 was the last tape echo machine Roland ever manufactured. It’s an incredibly robust and well made piece of equipment and I can't think of anything that comes close to the sonic and creative possibilities this unit offers. It lives on one of my consoles effect sends and I use it on almost every record I produce and mix. Here’s a little secret as to why each Space Echo or Chorus Echo unit sounds unique. They have hidden calibration trim pots on the circuit board. These pots have to be manually adjusted with a small screwdriver and control things like signal compression and how quickly your echo will go into self oscillation.


Best hardware effects (reverb, echo, chorus) unit(s) for synths?

Ensoniq DP-4 Lexicon MX 200 Roland SRE-555 Roland RE-201 Eventide H3000 Eventide Space Eventide Timefactor Just a few names I hear, currently a Soundtoys user (all plugins) and willing to try hardware for chorus, reverbs and echos. Love wide, lush, huge and creamy ambience sounds. I need the capabilities of both Eventide Timefactor and Eventide Space, so I'm wondering if buying...

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New KORG Minilogue 37 Key Synth

...similar bass and movement, like a touch of crossmod, adding LFO using sequencer etc I added external (stereo) delay from Roland SRE-555 and did a few overdubs, it's not multitimbral. Also added some overall compression. :)

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Tape delays (Roland RE-501) out of tune?

I have the monster SRE555...I echo the above reply (sorry!)...that warble is the charm, mixing it in at just the right level is the key to getting great ADT effects and the like. And when you turn the repeats up a bit, depending on the head selection, you're going to get into Binson Echorec...

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