Legendary Tape Echo Unit to Be Inducted into the TECnology Hall of Fame
Roland is proud to announce that the legendary RE-201 Space Echo tape delay unit will be among the 2016 inductees into the TECnology Hall of Fame. Presented by NAMM’s Museum of Making Music, the Hall of Fame honors audio products and innovations that have significantly contributed to the advancement of audio technology. Hosted by audio historian George Petersen, the induction and celebration will take place at the upcoming Winter NAMM Show on Saturday, January 23, 2016, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Master Class Room 202A.
Each year, inductees to the TECnology Hall of Fame are selected by a panel of more than 50 recognized audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers, and other professionals. This year’s panel had this to say about the famous Roland tape delay:
The Roland RE-201 Space Echo was hardly the first tape loop-based delay device, but added sophisticated controls—such as variable tape speeds, three-input mixer, 12 mode settings, and a built-in spring reverb—that took it beyond the competition. [The] Space Echo offered a certain sound that soon became a favorite of artists of the time, including Bob Marley, David Bowie, and Pink Floyd, and remains a staple in live performance and recorded tracks today, whether from vintage originals or in plug-in form.
About the RE-201 Space Echo
First introduced in 1973, the Space Echo series of products are considered to be among the finest tape-based delay units ever created, and are still sought after today. Though there were a number of different models through the years, the RE-201 Space Echo—first launched in 1974—was both the enduring benchmark and most popular. With its three separate playback heads, built-in spring reverb, and distinctive 12-position Mode Selector, the RE-201 was easy to use and capable of a wide range of creative, organic echo effects. As such, it found a home in many different music applications, from recording sessions to concert performances. The Space Echo was also an important component in the reggae-driven dub sounds created by early electronic music artists.
RE-20: The Space Echo in Stompbox Form
Today, you can experience the mojo of the RE-201 with the BOSS RE-20 Space Echo pedal. Housed in the popular Twin Pedal format, the RE-20 employs BOSS’ COSM technology to fully capture the classic Space Echo vibe in every way. All of the original’s controls are faithfully replicated, and adjusting them in real time produces identical behaviors as well. The RE-20 offers a few modern conveniences too, including stereo operation, tap tempo, and more.
Read more about the RE-201 and RE-20 at BOSS Users Group.