Catalinbread Belle Epoch EP3 Tape Echo *Free Shipping in the USA*
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 we love about the EP-3 in a small,
maintenance free pedal format. We 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
- Based on the epic EP-3 tape echo.
- 80-ms-800ms of real-time adjustable delay.
- Go from a single repeat to self-oscillations.
- Dial in a variety of wow/flutter tape modulation.
- 100% wet/dry mix & record level control.
- 2.34" x 4.39" pedal
- 9v-18v Negative Tip DC Power
- 61 mA draw