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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 9 reviews)

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Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (9)
  • Compact (8)
  • Responsive (7)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

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5.0

ALSO PERFORMS FANTASTIC on VOCALS!!

By Billy C.

from Mays Landing, NJ

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • EXCELLENT for VOCALs Thru PA System!!
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    Back in 1968 I began using a Maestro Echoplex for Delay Effects for Vocals through my SHURE Vocal Master PA Sysyem. I continued this with many more upgraded PA's until about 1994 when my Echoplex finally died! At this time, Digital Effects had pretty much taken over the use of the old Echoplex, BUT after experimenting with everything that was "NEW" coming out, I never found anything that really matched up to that old ECHOPLEX delay sound especially for VOCALS! I have seen a few ECHOPLEX Copies that have recently been Manufactured BUT the High Pricing stood in the way of purchasing one. Recently Catlinbread has come out with the Belle Epoch EP3 Tape Emulator and catching my attention, I did some research and was very IMPRESSED. I called Catlinbread and asked if this unit could also perform on vocals as the old Maestro did. The answer I received was " Why don't you purchase one and experiment and see for yourself"!! This wasn't exactly the answer I was looking for, But after Musicians Friend offered me an "Extra Incentive" with a 15% one day discount, I pulled the trigger and purchased one! I must tell you, after plugging this in and running it for VOCALS, I was BLOWN AWAY!! This was without a doubt the closest thing (IF not EXACTLY) what I used to hear with the old Maestro EP3!! It was like hearing that UNIQUE delay that only the Maestro Echoplex could deliver on a vocl mike back in the old days!! I am TOTALLY happy with this little delay and it IS a KEEPER!! I recommend it as a VOCAL Effect, ( If the old Maestro EP3 is desired ).

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    5.0

    Very Impressed!

    By Tommy the Rocker

    from Gering, NE

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

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

      Very impressed with the overall sound and vibe of this unit. As close to an actual ep-3 tape unit as you will come. I owned an El Capistan pedal prior to the Belle Epoch. I feel the Belle Epoch sounds more organtic and is easier to dial in.

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      5.0

      great echo !

      By steve l

      from rochester,ny

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        it is a great ep-3 clone ! sounds amazing, easy to use,& all this in a very small package.

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        5.0

        Work's amazing. !!!

        By rotnroby

        from Santa Barbara Ca.

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

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

          I use this unit live and it's as good as it gets .. Really!! I own a original Echoplex and it's as good if not better.. The repeats have the same degradation and warmth as the original. The best part is no tape no cleaning no demagnetizing … Big plus.. I use it live mostly I use it for 50's style slapback its so good I have it on all the time..

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          5.0

          Favorite Delay

          By Krem

          from ND

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Sounds great

          Cons

          • I Only Have 1 Of Them
          • No Stereo
          • No Tap

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          This is my new favorite delay. This thing not only sounds great, it FEELS incredible. This pedal is made to be interacted with. Its great for guitar and really shines on synth lines. My curiosity about tape delays is well satisfied with this pedal, I feel like I dont need a real one. If anything Id just buy another Epoch. Make sure to mess with the internal trim pot to get it in the sweet spot. The preamp is a really nice tone sweetener in true bypass mode, although it cuts some high end. Highly recommend this pedal.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          worth the price of two pedals

          By srl

          from arlington, 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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          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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 Kentucky Picker

              from Kentucky

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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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                (6 of 9 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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