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Using A Roland Space Echo RE-201 With Synthesizers

This video, via gstormelectro, takes a look at some of the ways you can use the classic Roland Space Echo RE-201 with electronic music gear. 

Video Summary:

Today, I present the Roland RE-201 Space Echo audio demo w/ synthesizers and a TR-8 drum machine. The RE-201 is a vintage delay effect from the 70s using a tape loop and Spring tank reverb. It’s been used on lots of psychedelic rock, trip hop, alternative, dub, progressive house music and more.

The Space Echo is the only effect used in this demo. This machine has a new 4 meter loop. It also has some wow and flutter, I love that lo-fi quality of this machine.

All audio recorded direct to a Tascam DR-05 thru a Mackie mixer.

Gear Used: Roland Juno-1/JV-2080/SH-01A/TR-8, Korg MS-20 mk1, E-mu ES-32 (Yamaha CP-70 sample), Arturia Beatstep Pro, M-Audio Axiom49.

Topics Covered:

0:00 Radiohead – Lotus Flower, spring tank reverb on snare only
1:00 Introduction
1:43 Portishead – Cowboys, delay on electric piano
2:30 M83 – Skin of the Night, delay on CP-70 piano sample
2:59 Quick explanation of inputs
3:15 Steve Miller Band – Fly Like an Eagle, delay on synth glissando
3:41 A look inside and beautiful ladies?
4:15 Tycho – Dive, delay on opening synth
5:18 How I’m using the RE-201 on these examples
5:53 Underworld – Born Slippy, delay on everything
7:13 About this particular machine
7:49 Tangerine Dream – Love On a Real Train, delay on arpeggio