Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe

Effect Pedal

  • An exact sound reproduction of the iconic 1970's Maestro Echoplex EP-3-Band Echos
  • High gain silicon transistor recording and playback amplifier and feedback loop for an authentic large & warm feel
  • Controls: 6-Way Mode Switch, Depth, Record Level, Echo Volume, Echo Sustain, Echo Delay
  • Manual switch: VD/Exp
  • LED: Echo Osc, Effect On/Off
  • Foot switch: Effect Bypass, Echo Osc.
  • Connections: (6.3 mm jack), output (6.3 mm jack), Expression Input (6.3 mm stereo head), 9 V DC power supply connection (coaxial socket 5.5 x 2.1 mm - negative pole inside)
  • Power consumption: 200 mA
  • Power supply with 9 V battery or via 9 V DC power supply (not included, matching power supply available under Article Nr 409939)
  • True bypass
  • Made in USA
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  • Country
  • Funk
  • Fuzzrock
  • Lead
  • Progressive
  • Rockabilly

Further Information

Analogico No
Delay Time 0,8 s
tap feature No
Battery Operation No
PSU included No
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If you like simple vintage-style delay, look no further!
andrus108, 19.12.2020
This is probably the most true-to-the original copy of an Echoplex tape delay, where only signal that is made digital is the one that would be placed on the tape itself, keeping the mixing and preamp stages fully analog.

In addition, you've got a couple of neat features like expression delay output, which depending on the setting controls different, sometimes very non-usual effects (for example, a wah-like effect on the delay line!), as well as two oscillation settings, so you can have the wild self-oscillation effect accessible by simply clicking a foot, or simply two values of your liking.

My only gripe, not really a fault of the pedal, is that if you have a more complicated setup, involving a MIDI switcher, you have to seriously twist your brain around if you want to keep the preamp's influence on your sound, with controlling of the delay, but if you're the kind of guy who uses 2-3 effects, and you don't mind a bit of tap-dancing, you'd be hard pressed to find a better vintage-style delay. I've had it for 2 years now, and it's a keeper for life.
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Awesome...wesome...esome...some...ome...me...
ferlobo, 09.08.2019
Amazing pedal..Bright repeats, Dark repeats, Modulated repeat.This thing is satisfaction in a box.
Not for everyone though, its a recreation of the famous EP-3, so it has a pre stage That will COLOUR your sound a bit, but dont worry it colors the sound in a amazing way, to my taste this is like an "always on" pedal, if you dont use it for the delay you will want to use it for the pre, everything sound very 70's,60's to my ears....if you dont want that vintage vibe or you want a clean more digital repeat, look else were, maybe a TIMELINE will do the trick for you.

In conclusion....awesome delay, delay with modulations and pre. It's a keeper.You get what you pay. Catalinbread is becoming my favourite brand for pedals.
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Jap!
Gebhardt P., 08.09.2020
Bin sehr zufrieden mit meinem Belle Epoch! Was für mich noch zum perfekten Delay gefehlt hätte wären Stereo-Modus, aber v.a. Tap-Tempo. Letzteres finde ich sehr schade, da das scheinbar zur Grundausstattung heutiger Delay-Pedale gehört wie ich finde. Und einen Soft-Klick hätte ich wohl auch bevorzugt. Ansonsten ist die Verarbeitung top, klanglich gibt es rein überhaupt nichts zu bemängeln. Im Gegenteil! Klanglich ist der Belle Epoch Deluxe jeden Cent wert! Bin happy :)
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Echo Bellissimo, ma non per tutti.
danmusic86, 09.02.2020
Ho fatto diverse prove, soprattutto dopo essermi documentato molto su alcuni forum americani, nei quali, molti possessori, riportavano diverse problematiche o esperienze negative con questo pedale. Il risultato dei miei test, fatti anche in virtù delle diverse testimonianze, mi hanno permesso di conoscerlo meglio e di capirlo.
Effettivamente è un pedale difficile, con molte variabili: a molti piace e a molti no.

Partiamo dal presupposto che all'interno ha un boost di corrente che lo porta da 9 a 22v, primo motivo per cui può cambiare suono se alimentato in tandem con altri pedali o con Daisy chain.
Seconda variabile sicuramente determinante: il Preamp interno in stile echoplex. E' molto sensibile alla strumentazione che si usa e agisce diversamente in base a diversi fattori elettronici: su Ampli non perfettamente puliti aggiunge un White noise che può essere parte integrante del suono o un fastidio per molti. In questo tipo di configurazione, quando lo si attiva, effettua un taglio sulle alte frequenze rendendo tutto più morbido e dolce, ma tra attivarlo e disattivarlo si avverte la differenza di suono. Diciamo che sull'ingresso hi di una plexi, riequilibria il suono smussandolo, rendendolo molto gradevole: ma è presente il rumore bianco a volumi di rec e Echo level oltre le ore 8:00. Sull'ingresso low il rumore si attenua, ma il suono si scurisce e smussa maggiormente.

Stesso discorso su ampli estremamente puliti tipo Fender: il rumore bianco si attenua quasi a scomparire e si sente molto di più l'arrotondamento del suono al suo attivarsi, che può essere stemperato solo se si gioca bene con le due manopole di Rec e Echo level. In questo caso essendoci meno rumore si può alzare di più il loro livello.
Anche la manopola della modulazione incide sulle frequenze finali.

Sicuramente è un pedale da sbatterci la testa e una volta trovata una configurazione definitiva, non toccarlo più, proprio perché sembra reagire come un vero e proprio pedale d'epoca, sensibile a diversi/troppi fattori.

CONSIDERAZIONI FINALI
Riguardo alla mia esperienza personale, al primo ascolto ho sentito subito una sonorità diversa rispetto a come sono abituato ed ho avuto una sensazione positiva. L ho provato con alcuni pedali overdrive e l'entusiasmo è calato subito perché non riuscivo a regolarlo bene, ed ero infastidito dal rumore bianco che tirava fuori. Il terzo test, alla luce di queste informazioni me lo hanno fatto apprezzare moltissimo: l ho alimentato e settato correttamente, l ho messo a confronto con altri Delay analogici che ho, ed effettivamente il suo suono caratteristico quando lo spegni, ti manca. Ti cambia proprio tutto, ambiente, profondità e spazialità. Una cosa cosa del genere l'ho avvertita con Deluxe Memory Man Big Box che vive di luce propria.
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