Space Echo, Gearslutz and human nature.

Gearslutz is a probably the most populated pro-audio forum on the net. There is a serious amount of traffic going on there. You find find threads discussing the minor details of a five thousand dollar micpre that go thirty pages long.

Yesterday I started reading a thread started by someone who just found on a vintage Roland RE-201 Space Echo to purchase. The RE-201 is a fantastic vintage tape echo machine. Soon after Mike Manthe’s first post claiming he finally found one another person “tstu102″ answers him also mentioning he just located one and how happy he was. Do you see where this is going? Yep. It didn’t take too long for them to realize they both were talking about the same unit. Seems like the seller said yes to both because the second guy was willing to pay more money.

At first Mike thought thought tstu102 had read the thread and went after the unit. But then tstu102 did a good dead and told the seller he wasn’t going to buy the unit and he should honor his first deal. I thought it was a pretty interesting read about the Space Echo and human nature. Read the thread yourself: click here

I’ve used a real Space Echo and they are very meaty. If you can’t get a real one there a nice emulation for the UAD-1 or the new Boss Space Echo RE-20 hardware pedal. Although not quiet the same beast I find myself turning to Fabfilter’s Timeless for a effects in that ballpark.

photo credit: Lorenzo Desiati

4 Comments

  1. Hey Oliver.
    I really appreciate the info you crank out here.
    I enjoy the ‘here’s a cool expensive thing-and here’s how to get in the ballpark’ attitude. The Live tips are super handy.

    Oh, my mother’s maiden name is Chesler.
    bye.

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  2. Big thanks. Maybe we are related? I don’t meet to many Cheslers. Apparently there is a super feminist Phyllis Chesler but Im not related to her.

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  3. SoundFonts.it made good VST recration of this pedal, this VST FX called GS-201 Tape Echo.

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  4. fsoup is right, the GS-201 by GSi (formerly soundfonts.it) is an almost exact replication, in both looks and sound of the Roland and was modeled on the programmers original unit.

    At 19 Euro, its FAR better value than the UAD version and sounds different but in he same division.

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