New App Turns Your iPad Into A Classic Tape Echo

Developer Guido Scognamiglio has introduced GSi VariSpeed for iPad, a simulation of the WEM Copicat IC-400 Belt Drive VariSpeed model, the first tape echo machine made by WEM with a DC capstan motor capable of changing speed, thus varying the delay time.

GSi VariSpeed replicates the hardware instrument “as is” with all its pros and cons, without any additional features.

Pricing and Availability

Varispeed is available now for $9.99 USD. A freeware version of this is also available for MacOS & Windows.

15 thoughts on “New App Turns Your iPad Into A Classic Tape Echo

  1. One puzzling thing, though. Assuming this is the complete GUI, how do you monitor input levels? Did the original unit have meters?

      1. I guess you’re right. The first tape echo I had was an Echoplex EP4, and it had an input meter (and so did the Roland RE-201 I bought soon after that). However, apparently that meter was an upgrade feature for that Echoplex, and the original as well as the EP2, and EP3 didn’t have one, and people, obviously, used them.

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