Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal
Delay & Reverb Effects Pedals
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Recreates every sonic detail and nuance of the Space Echo!
One of the most beloved echo effects ever made, the Roland RE-201 Space Echo, has been reborn as the BOSS RE-20 Twin Pedal! Experience the legendary tape-echo sound of the RE-201, and get "lost in space" with this retro-modern marvel.
Amazing simulation of the famous Roland RE-201 guitar pedal, with the spacious, analog tone of the original Space Echo
Faithful modeling of the RE-201's tape flutter and magnetic head sound saturation
Tap input pedal allows delay time to be set by foot
Longer delay time than the original RE-201
Control parameters such as REPEAT RATE, INTENSITY, and more via Expression pedal.
MODE SELECTOR knob with 12 placements just like the original Space Echo
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Comments about Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay / Reverb Pedal:
I have owned this products for several years and played it out a few times. The RE-20 does a really good slapback tape sound. The unit has twelve settings on the dial: (1-4 echo only), (5-8 echo and reverb), and (9-12 reverb only). Primarily, I use only settings 1-4. I use a Fender Silverface Twin and I like the reverb on the amp much better.
If you want an organic tape sound, the RE-20 will do it. One can get several tasty sounds out it. I have combined this unit with a Univibe and a Boss Blues Driver (with Keeley mod) to obtain the Pink Floyd "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" sound. Also, if one combines the RE-20 with a Boss DS-1 (with Keeley Mod), one can get a cool Journey sound for chord work.
If there are complaints against the unit, the first would be that it does not hold presets. The RE-20 replicates the control panel of an old analog tape machine. It will not remember what you did yesterday. Second issue, the RE-20 needs an isolated power source. It did not like my Dunlop Brick. If connected, the unit would produce an audible noise that matched the blinking LED's on the front of the unit. I use a pedalsnake and, as long as I kept it on a separate power line, no noise occurred. Lastly, if one uses an expression pedal with the unit, one has to train the unit each time it is turned on to properly use the expression pedal. (Note: one can have the expression pedal change various settings. However, it will not keep them when the unit is turned off.) Please read the manual before purchase to make sure this is not an issue.
Before closing, I would recommend that one run this unit on batteries first before hooking it up to an AC adapter. To my ears, it sounds better running on the six AA batteries it requires than straight AC power. I do like this unit. However, read the manual first and take the considerations listed here into account before purchase. Have fun with the RE-20.