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Boss RE-20 Space Echo

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  • Amazing simulation of the famous Roland RE-201, with the spacious, analog tone of the original Space Echo
  • Faithful modeling of the RE-201Õs 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
  • Longer delay time than the original RE-201

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  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 9.5 x 19.7 cm ; 1.4 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
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  • Item model number: RE-20
  • ASIN: B000ZRR024
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 19 Dec 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Product Description

The new Boss RE-20. The rebirth of a Roland Classic! 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! Roland and BOSS have recreated every sonic detail and nuance of the original. Experience the legendary tape-echo sound of the RE-201, and get Òlost in spaceÓ with this retro-modern marvel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Lewis on 29 Oct 2012
The RE-20 creates a multitude of warm delay and reverb sounds, emulating the tape delay of the original but in a practical, giggable unit.

The only drawback for me is in terms of its versatility; you can't keep one feature (either delay or reverb) enabled whilst disabling the other one, its all or nothing.

All in all a great pedal, capable of rich delay and warm reverb, worth the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rhumpus on 21 Oct 2013
I bought this from RST a few years ago and it has given many hours of creativity - its a bit complicated to start with but the method works when familiar to quickly set 'go-to' effects - unlike the software plug-in variation for your DAW you can't age the tape or introduce bias errors etc. But it still sounds great - Not a fan of digital pedals but this just works!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Mccann on 29 April 2010
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Great echo unit, boss as always produce great kit. Extremely well made robust and built to last.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The best sounding digital delay pedal on the market. 19 Mar 2012
By teejay - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been playing one of these since 2009 so I have a fairly well developed opinion of this device. Overall, the delay effect is the best on the market right now. It's a cinch to use, and having a tap tempo built right into the pedal is AWESOME. As a user (and abuser) of delay in my effects, I can tell you, tap tempo is KEY. The delay on this guy is warm and fuzzy sounding, for lack of a better word, and this has a lot to do with the analog simulation. Definitely a plus. The multiple tape head position simulation settings add a neat dynamic to the delay effect you cannot get with most other delays, which is also nice.

The reverb leaves something to be desired. I find to to be just passable - nothing special. This is coming from someone who is used to spring-mechanical fender reverbs, so my tastes may be coloring my opinion somewhat, but I find the reverb here to be a little dead sounding. One thing that I definitely don't get is why there isn't a separate on/off pedal for the reverb, or at least a port on the back to hook up a switching pedal to do the job - that would've been quite handy. My sound is such that I frequently have a need to turn delay on & off, but I leave my reverb going throughout - there is no way to accomplish this if you are using this pedal as your primary delay/reverb box. This severely limits the usefulness of the reverb effect in my opinion.

With the exception of the aforementioned lack of a switching mechanism for the reverb, the selection of ports on this device are pretty good - stereo/mono in/outs, switchable direct out, a jack for an expansion pedal for controlling things like intensity, etc, make it a pretty flexible device.

My biggest complaint is that 3 years after buying my first unit, it developed a strange side effect - when the device is in bypass mode, the whole signal is cut out - this is NOT NORMAL BEHAVIOR, in this respect the Space Echo should work like every other pedal in the market, passing the clean signal through when the effect is disengaged. Despite this I bought a second one, because I need that Space Echo sweetness for my rig, and anyway I am of the opinion that this is just a random fluke and not endemic in the line. I've had tons of BOSS pedals over the years and this is the first time -I've- had any problems with one, although it should be noted that a friend of mine bought a tuner not too long ago and it was bad out of the box. It makes me wonder about Roland's quality control as of late...

Anyway 4 stars:
- Awesome delay: the best on the market in a pedal.
- Excellent array of ins/outs.

- Price: expensive for a single purpose guitar pedal. Arguably worth it.
- Reliability: First one only lasted 3 years before developing a weird quirk.
- Lack of a switchable way to engage/disengage the reverb seems like an oversight.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Nice earthy echo and warm reverb with vintage vibe. 9 Dec 2011
By Daniel Marsalone - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked one of these up for a song to use with my Moog. People seem to rip this new Space Echo because it is digital, was originally like $250, and people say that it doesn't match up with the original behemoth from the '70s.

Me, I love it. I wanted a versatile delay and wanted a nice reverb to juice up the sound of my Moog. This puppy fits the bill nicely. I can get warm sounding reverbs and nice erath echoes with this boss. It doesn't have any problem taking line levels from synths and runs a real long time on batteries.

Let me say that I have never had the original big 1970's tape version of the Space Echo so I can't directly compare and honestly don't care since it seemed more like a studio tool and too big to lug around for gigs and rehearsals. Also I only had to cough up one Benjamin for mine which was new, so I didn't have the sticker shock. I use it for reverb a lot and for adding a very small delay to thicken up the sound on my Moog. It is a great unit, especially if you can get it for a good price.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Superb pedal 4 Sep 2012
By manicreader - Published on Amazon.com
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First, let me say that this pedal is an emulation of a tape echo, not a modern digital echo pedal.

As a previous user of a tape echo, the tape echo has a warm analog sound full of tape saturation and a very slight warble due to the deterioration of endless tape loop. This is quite different than the super clean sound of the average modern echo pedal.

So, in short, this pedal nails the sound of a real tape echo, but if you are looking for a pristine echo effect, keep looking.

OK, so the mode control has 12 settings. 3 of these settings are straight delay with no reverb, if you want that sound. The rest of the settings are slight variations of each other. The real control comes from manipulating the echo-intensity and the echo-volume controls. There is also a 'twist' effect that is activated by holding down the TAP pedal. This is a really intense effect, and won't be useful for most things, but it is pretty awesome.

Oh yeah, there is a tap pedal for setting the echo delay frequency.

So, in conclusion, this item is an awesome emulation of a tape echo, which is what I wanted.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The best "tape delay" emulator!! 20 Oct 2013
By synthezatory - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a delay pedals freak, I've owned and tried almost everything you can think of. The commons, not so commons, the weird ones, the overpriced ones, the "only forum ppl knows" ones, even the real RE-201.. and now I'm back to the regular industry standard delay pedals.. cos they are more predictable and great. Nothing can beat the simplicity and the versatility of this pedal. The EQ alone is worth the consideration, why? Cos you can set it up as an darker analog sounding delay (crank the bass and lower the treble), to thinning tape delay sound (opposite setting), or something inbetween.

I repeat, IT'S A GREAT PEDAL! While the uncommon delay pedals are great for experimenting especially in a bedroom, but these "standard" ones works better for me in a band & live situations. I coupled the RE-20 with the Vox Delaylab for my presets needs (another awesome delay pedal btw) on my pedalboard and all my echo needs are covered, in chocolate made from a holy tree in heaven :-)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Boss RE-20 Space Echo Mimics '74 Roland RE-201 Space Echo 11 Dec 2012
By Karl Klun - Published on Amazon.com
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I just purchased the Boss RE-20 Roland Space Echo RE-201 double-pedal a few weeks ago, and though I already liked the Tape mode on my Boss Giga Delay DD-20, I really like the expanded spaciousness and random-sounding multiple tape delays of this pedal. I compared them side-by-side to create similar sounds and I gave up trying to create the same sounds with the DD-20, though it's still a great pedal for other reasons, and I use them both.

The RE-20 has four Repeat (Echo) modes, seven Reverb/Echo modes, and a Reverb only mode. Another reviewer stated that the Reverb (a "three-Z-shaped-spring") isn't very good, and I agree. It's adequate, but I prefer to use a separate reverb pedal as well. The Repeat (Echo) and Reverb/Echo modes are all very good. They have a variety of single, double and triple echos, "pings", reverberations, etc.

It is a highly-versatile pedal that provides a rich variety of sounds with a small footprint and works well with my Boss EV-5 expression pedal with four selectable control settings: (1) Repeat Rate, (2) Intensity (Feedback), (3) Echo (volume) Level, and (4) Twist, a very effective simultaneous increase in Repeat Rate and Intensity that produces a whirring, swirling, spacey effect that slows the faster spinning "tapes" gradually when released. The expression pedal provides instant changes with minimal movement, and is almost too sensitive on a few of the settings.

I highly recommend the Space Echo if you are interested in expanding your delay options. I'm glad I did.
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