We have all heard the original Echorec synonymous with guitarists like Syd Barrett and David Gilmour this effect has appeared on countless albums across every style. Catalinbread realized that this effect needed to come back but in a form that everyday guitarists are able to afford. That is where the Catalinbread Echohead comes in handy.
4 Heads, 12 Modes
With all of the features of the the original echo rec through with some really cool added touches the Echorec will be hard to tell from the original. 4 different 'playback heads' are accessible via the 12 mode selector dial that gives you pretty much any combination of heads you would want. From bright and clean delay tones with galloping rhythms to smoother warmer sounds that really fill out the mix everything is possible with the echorec.
It is not all about the timing though as the Echo Rec was originally an analogue echo that wore over time there is modulation to be considered. So catalinbread have added in an internal modulation control that will take you from clean as a whistle to rather wobbly this way you can set exactly how old of a drum you want.
While the original Bison Echorec was amazing it doesn't have the same levels of control as this catalinbread remake. The Swell control sets just how many repeats you want after you have stopped playing and the Mix controls how loud the effect is...pretty standard for a modern delay right? The two controls that bring the echorec forward are the Tone and Program Select knobs. The tone control is a high quality circuit that changes the entire feel of the delay, low down you get a really warm almost reverb like response while in the higher ranges you are hitting tape echo tonality. The program select is a 12 notched knob that at each point engages different 'heads' this means it is very easy to get the exact gallop and spacing you want.
Here's what Catalinbread say about the Echorec Delay
The Swell knob controls the number of repeats regenerated - from a single repeat of each playback head to infinite repeats.
The Tone control tilts the EQ of the repeats from dark and fat to bright and thin. Dark settings makes the repeats sit in the background. Bright settings emphasizes the attack, great for playing off the syncopated rhythms of the multi-head arrangement.
The original Echorec had a maximum delay time of 300ms. The delay time on the Catalinbread Echorec goes from about 40ms -1000ms. And the cool thing is you can twist the Delay Time knob in real-time to get speeding-up / slowing-down, spaceship warp landing sounds!
Mix knob goes from full dry to full wet giving a lot of flexibility to use the Echorec in a variety of situations, even wet/dry rigs by setting the Mix full wet.
The original Echorec had a 12 position switch which controlled the various playback head configurations. Since the original was mechanical with the disc only able to go one speed, not all combinations were available for use. The Catalinbread Echorec changes all that. With the ability to vary the delay time on the single playback head, we were able to include all combinations, which include rhythmic patterns not available before.