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Catalinbread Echorec Multi-Tap Echo Pedal



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Product Description

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.

Internal Modulation

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.

Modern Control

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.

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Written by Elliot Stent

Customer Reviews


13 reviews





Mr Adam Nicholas10th Nov 2023

Excellent echorec peddle. Amazing quality and stunned how far effects have come since my old tape echo unit days. Lovely warm echo.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer27th Jan 2023

Sounded great but delivered a fault. Manufacturer and Anderton's bother really helpful

Value 5Looks 5Durability 2Sound 5

Trusted Customer25th Apr 2022

Trusted Customer5th Feb 2022

Value 4Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer17th Feb 2021

I’m covering all rock tones from the 50.s to present days and this pedal only can accompany me all along, with not only gilmourish echorec sounds but slap, lofi, dotted eight, tape like ones, plus fuzz, modulation, true by pass/buffer hidden options: what else?

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr James Campbell3rd Jul 2020

Value 4Looks 3Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer21st Nov 2019

Sensational delay. I've played many but this is something special.

Value 5Looks 4Durability 5Sound 5

Mr. Keith Jackson19th Nov 2019

Vintage mojo and vibe.

Value 3Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

Lukasz Gorysz15th Jan 2019

Mr Mick Wright30th Oct 2018

You’ve probably seen reviews of this pedal. I can just say that it sounds beautiful and inspiring. I also have a Belle Epoch Deluxe and the pair complement each other. Like all Catalinbread pedals it is beautifully constructed.

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