Roland ‘Forgotten’ RE-5 Space Echo

In this video, Alex Ball takes a look at Roland’s ‘forgotten’ Space Echo, the RE-5.

The Roland RE-5 Space Echo is a digital echo effect from the late 80’s. While it doesn’t offer the analog tape sound or the cool vintage vibe of 70’s tape echo effects, it’s has a interesting sound of its own and fits into 2U rackspace.

If you’ve used the RE-5, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it!

Video Summary:

In 1974 Roland released the RE-201 Space Echo. It went on to become the industry standard appearing in studios and live rigs the world over.

They released numerous other successful models (before and after) but the rarest of them all is the RE-5 Digital Space that had a very short run in Japan in 1988.

Its intended application is also quite surprising and in this video we take a look at what it does and contrast it with its famous older brother.

3 thoughts on “Roland ‘Forgotten’ RE-5 Space Echo

  1. Hardly “Forgotten”,

    you do know how sought after these are don’t you?
    & the secondhand market/price alone shows that these are still very much loved & extremely popular.

    I wish you guys would stop writing dramatic drivel & just stick to the facts,
    which on thier own would be interesting & informative without your big bullshit sensational buzz words.

    1. “I wish you guys would stop writing dramatic drivel & just stick to the facts, which on their own would be interesting & informative without your big bullshit sensational buzz words.”

      Big bullshit sensational buzz words like ‘forgotten’?

      lol your life is tough.

    2. This is about the digital version, only released in Japan, not the 501 tape delay. I’m not seeing any for sale on eBay or reverb.com.

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