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The otherworldly Roland RE-201 Space Echo experience reborn in an advanced delay pedal with modern features!

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    Product Description

    The Boss RE-201 Space Echo is one of the most iconic effects units ever made. Introduced in 1974, the tape-based RE-201 quickly became a favourite among guitarists and studio wizards who adored its unique rhythmic echo sounds, warm character, and highly-playable sonic quirks. However, it was produced for just over 14 years — making originals rare and highly sought-after. But now, you can attain those inspiring and otherworldly sounds courtesy of the Boss RE-202 Space Echo pedal!

    Backed by Boss' intensive R&D and their latest innovations, the RE-202 faithfully replicates the spellbinding tones of the Space Echo like never before. Built by the company that designed the original, this sophisticated stompbox harnesses the RE-201’s magic in flawless detail — from the magnetic tape and motor properties, to the vibrant spring reverb and colourful preamp circuit. But in typical Boss fashion, they've gone a step further and expanded the vintage Space Echo experience with plenty of modern features tuned for today's generation.

    Key Features

    • Authentically recreates the sound and behaviour of the legendary Roland RE-201 Space Echo.
    • Classic multi-head tape echo sound with expanded delay time.
    • Original three-head configuration plus additional tape head for 12 distinctive echo combinations.
    • Independent stereo reverb section with original spring reverb type plus hall, plate, room, and ambience.
    • Saturation control for adding magnetic tape compression and preamp colouration.
    • 'Wow' & 'Flutter' control for introducing varying levels of natural tape modulation.
    • Choose between new and aged tape conditions.
    • Selectable input modes for optimum performance with instruments and line-level gear.
    • 'Warp' and 'Twist' effects with footswitch control.
    • Select between the unprocessed analogue dry signal or the modelled sound of the original Space Echo preamp.
    • Four onboard memories plus the current panel settings.
    • Save and select 127 memories via external MIDI program change.
    • Tap tempo and carryover functions.
    • True stereo input and output.
    • Expandable control via external footswitches, an expression pedal, or MIDI.

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    RE-201 Space Echo: A Coveted Classic

    The Roland RE-201 Space Echo was a game-changer when it came out. Equipped with three evenly-spaced tape heads and a spring reverb tank, it was capable of producing anything from clean, single delays to dense, rhythmic echoes and ambient washes. But there was more to it than that. The RE-201’s appealing sound was influenced by many factors, from the warm compression of magnetic tape saturation to the evolving modulation produced by motor speed fluctuations, friction, and other elements. Analogue preamp circuitry was also a key ingredient in the Space Echo’s rich sonic recipe.

    A Masterpiece Brought Back To Life

    Boss' engineers painstakingly analysed several vintage RE-201s to ensure that their RE-202 brings the complete Space Echo experience to life in a versatile modern pedal. Reproducing all of the complex, non-linear behaviours that contribute to the RE-201’s immortal character via all-new algorithms — including the tape path, record/playback mechanism, motor variations, preamp colouration, tape age, spring reverb character and more — the Boss RE-202 really is something to behold!

    Retro Sounds, Without The Reliability Woes!

    Attain the full vintage vibe of the RE-201 without any of the hassle — no regular tape replacement and hardware maintenance required! For those familiar with the original unit, all the core controls remain — including the famous 12-position mode selector. Every quirk is replicated with complete accuracy, such as the gradual pitch change that occurs when the 'Repeat Rate' knob is tweaked, or the cool runaway feedback that happens when the 'Intensity' knob is maxed.

    Selectable 'Tape Age' and 'Variable' controls let you dial in everything from a brand-new Space Echo sound to the worn character and idiosyncrasies of a vintage example. The 'Saturation' control has been carefully calibrated based on the actual magnetic tape and preamp behaviours of the RE-201, with the sound becoming warmer and more compressed as you turn up the knob. And with the expressive 'Wow' & 'Flutter' control, you can harness all of the natural modulation characteristics essential to the classic Space Echo sound.

    Sonic Improvements

    While clearly vintage-inspired, the Boss RE-202 boasts all of the contemporary features you'd expect from an advanced delay pedal. Twice the delay time is available, along with a fourth virtual tape head that unlocks five additional sound combinations. There’s also an echo type that changes the distance between the heads, something not possible with the original. In contrast with the mono RE-201, the RE-202 provides true stereo I/O and selectable operation for guitar or line-level devices. For the dry sound, you can choose between the warm and fat RE-201 preamp tone or a clean signal with zero processing.

    Also included is a stereo version of the original spring reverb sound from the RE-201, along with hall, plate, room, and ambience types for additional versatility. Expressive 'Warp' and 'Twist' effects are possible too, allowing you to launch the sound into outer space with the press of a footswitch while performing.

    Memories, MIDI & More!

    Four onboard memories let you store and recall your favourite sounds, with 123 more accessible via MIDI. Tap tempo is also available, as well as selectable delay carryover when switching memories. It’s also possible to mute the dry signal for parallel effect setups and studio usage, while expanded control is available via external footswitches, an expression pedal, and MIDI — including real-time operation of multiple parameters at once.

    Specifications

    • Sampling Frequency: 48 kHz
    • AD Conversion: 24 Bits + AF Method
    • DA Conversion: 32 Bits
    • Processing: 32-Bit Floating Point
    • Modes: 12
    • Memory: 127 + Manual
    • Bypass: Buffered

    Power Requirements

    • Power Supply: AC Adaptor
    • Current Draw: 140 mA

    Dimensions & Weight

    • 192 (W) x 133 (D) x 52 (H) mm
    • Weight (Including Battery): 860 g

    Accessories

    • AC Adaptor
    • Owner's Manual
    • Leaflet
    • Rubber Foot

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