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Catalinbread Belle Epoch (EP3 Tape Echo Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The Catalinbread Belle Epoch Tape Echo, has tape echo sounds so authentic you’d swear there was tape inside the pedal! Inspired by the Maestro Echopl...Read More

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An epic tape echo based on the legendary EP-3 Echoplex.

The Catalinbread Belle Epoch Tape Echo, has tape echo sounds so authentic you’d swear there was tape inside the pedal! Inspired by the Maestro Echoplex, EP-3 model, perhaps the most famous tape delay ever, the Belle Epoch features everything you love about the EP-3 in a small, maintenance free pedal format. The designers felt that a “tape echo” pedal was much more than just a standard digital delay with some “filtering” on the repeats. There are a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle traits of the Echoplex that needed to be implemented in order to be authentic. The preamp, the self-oscillation character, the ability to play the pedal as an instrument unto itself, the ability to control the “record level” of the signal hitting “tape”, the wow and flutter, the way the repeats decay, the way the circuit interfaces with the amp and other pedals - all these things were important to get right.

The Belle Epoch was designed to be run in front of your amp in the same way the Echoplex was designed to be run in front of your amp. They share almost identical input and output circuit topologies, including the passive unbuffered mixer circuit of the EP-3. However, we tuned it to have a lower output impedance than the EP-3 to not load down the output as much while still retaining the open non-buffered output interface. A buffer does just what the name implies - it isolates one circuit from the next and can create a “disconnected” feeling that is subtle but a player who relies on touch-sensitive dynamics in his rig will appreciate the difference of not having the buffer. Having said that, the Belle Epoch will perform great in almost any pedal stacking situation. But for the most authentic Echoplex-like experience, we recommend that you run it before any foundation overdrive type pedals and after fuzzes, treble boosters, and the like. For the most awesome experience, try playing it right in line before your cranked up tube amp.

FEATURES
  • MIX control replicates the functionality of the Echo Volume control on the EP-3
  • TONE / REC LEV control sets how hard the “tape” or delay line is hit
  • SWAY / MOD control sets the amount of random tape wow and flutter effects in the echoes
  • ECHO SUSTAIN controls how much delay signal is fed back to the delay line to get multiple repeats

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CatalinbreadBelle Epoch (EP3 Tape Echo Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal
 
5.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

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    5.0

    worth the price of two pedals

    By stevie r. long

    from Boston, MA

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    Pros

    • Authentic
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • No 18v Adapter Included

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Catalinbread Belle Epoch (EP3 Tape Echo Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal:

    the preamp alone is worth the price. i put it up against the new ep3 preamps out there and this is way better. i have it on all the time, in its own effects loop just in case i'd need the preamp off, but it sounds great with clean tones and EPIC ala "Achilles Last Stand" with distortion. the delay quality is excellent and feels very tape-like, without the breakage. spend a little more and buy this one rather than the other echoplex preamps, etc.

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    5.0

    This thing sounds like a helicopter....

    By Crust

    from Brockton, MA

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Catalinbread Belle Epoch (EP3 Tape Echo Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal:

        make "helicopter" sounds...whirring tones...awesome sound effects petal.

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        5.0

        Wow

        By Telefan-IYlha

        from Shepherdsville, KY

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Catalinbread Belle Epoch (EP3 Tape Echo Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This sounds like an echoplex. It doesn't sound sort of like one or an emulation of one, it just sounds like one. The preamp adds a bit of compression and volume and I set it to be always on. It seems to both smooth out my sound and add a bit of grit and punch.
          You can take the back of the pedal, that where the setting for either true bypass or buffer and the volume for the preamp are, just be careful when your screwing the back plate back on and don't over tighten and hit components with the screws.
          In short if you want that vintage delay sound that can go from slapback to space ship this is for you.

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Belle Epoch Tape Echo pedal

          By Bluewaters

          from St. Paul Mn.

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Catalinbread Belle Epoch (EP3 Tape Echo Emulation) Guitar Effects Pedal:

            The only problem I encountered with this product was there were not any instructions included or warnings not to take the bottom off of the pedal. I assumed that it ran on batteries as well as an adaptor. I was wrong. It only runs with a plug in power source. Like I said I thought I could run it like all my other pedals. WRONG! I opened the pedal and ruined it. Like I said there were no instructions or even a warning label on back of the pedal maybe it's just that I 'am too dumb to assume that it would work like all of my other pedals. That said my friend has one and it works great. I am planning on buying another one of these. I don't know if this was an isolated case but if not DO NOT do as I did and be out of two bills with a pedal that does not work. Just a word to the wise

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