Boss RE-20 Space Echo
Boss RE-20 Space Echo
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tjon901's review"Good digital tape delay"

Boss RE-20 Space Echo
If you like having effects on your should you probably want to have a tape delay unit. Real tape delay units are becoming very expensive. They require constant maintenence and replacement tape is getting hard to find. With technology now you are able to get a pedal that can simulate all the nuances of a real tape delay in a digital unit. With the RE-20 Boss has been able to replicate the classic Roland RE-201 SPace Echo in digital form. If you remember the old RE-201 it was a big monster of a unit full of delicate electronics and tape. The RE-20 is a twin pedal unit with 8 knobs on the front. The pedals control the on and off of the delay and the tap function. The 8 knobs are Bass, Treble, Reverb volume, Repeat Rate, Intensity and Echo volume. There is also a large 12 mode selector. The unit also had twin inputs and outputs. It also has a jack for an expression pedal


The win pedals are large but they are not labeled. All the knobs are large and labeled. The knobs are big enough to where you can adjust the settings on the fly. The peak level LED is nice so you can see how hard you are pushing the pedal. The tap tempo pedal does what it says. It allows you to tap out a tempo for the delay. If you hold down the tap pedal it also allows you to change the intensity of the delay. You can use batteries but I would not recommend it. A pedal this large will go through batteries very fast.


It has a normal mode and long mode. Normal mode gets you up to 3 seconds of delay while long mode gets you up to 6 seconds of delay. The 12 mode selector replicates the 12 modes the original tape delay had. The RE-201 had different modes that used the different tape heads to get different sounds from the delay. The RE-20 simulates this digitally. Some of these different modes are a bit noisy. This may also be on purpose replicating the extra noise you would get from a real tape delay unit. At subtle setting it can act like a reverb pedal and at extreme settings the sound is extreme. Turning up the reverb can get you some crazy sounds. You can even get some wah sounds with this.


If you want or had an old Roland RE-201 tape delay and are looking for something cheaper and more reliable this could be the unit for you. It has a ton of features more than anyone should need from just a delay pedal and with its modern design it should last you a long time.

douglove's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Echo pastures"

Boss RE-20 Space Echo
I have not kept this pedal for a long time, I can not elaborate much more


This pedal offers many possibilities
many settings, bass / treble truly effective

the tempo setting is frankly galley because the knob does not cover the entire range: we go much more slowly by adjusting the tap tempo
on the other hand, when the mode is changed, it is the indicated airspeed at which knob is included: not at all practical

I like the input gain knob
the dry cutting and placing the pedal in a loop, you can do repetitions saturate and not his guitar, it is helpful to Crader sound: o)


not bad at all
it may well sound Crader or otherwise have a very bright thing (if you know what I mean? huh?)

effect causes oscillations twist, it's funny but it sounds really not natural


too brainer to use
I love the simple things

sounds nice anyway!

kichy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Psychedelic Adventure"

Boss RE-20 Space Echo
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The grip is initially very simple, without too many tweaks already sounds.
Or that the plot thickens, this is when you want to reach the limits of the abyss auto oscillation.Ça request a few weeks settings, testing, but once its own settings it is happiness!
Editing is simple, we choose the "heads" of bands you want, reproduction of the original panel magnificent, repeat duration, quantity, etc etc, and tap tempo sometimes capricious but very useful for good timing .


I would say that contrary to other opinions, placed on the front with a distortion before, it's off solos, without digging the hearing tested live on a big stereo sound that's crazy! With its clear, well come into the psychedelic world, pressure on the pedals right well proportioned (twist) and leave your notes in detune floating simulation slowdown bandes.On Looks like its running, it really is space.
I use it with a Fender Strat Us std in neck pickup is clear, or I émettrai in the flat, it is clean with a micro high output (duncan style hotrails or Emg 81 by example), the input signal saturates and it spits out a little, apparently this is a simulation of tape saturation, sometimes it's just dérangeant.Il lower the volume of the guitar, or the level of the pedal but I prefer the last to leave at noon .. matter of taste.

For me, all the settings have their advantages, my preferences are for the 3,7,9. And to talk, the effect is quite amusing twist as self oscillation madness.

Question bypass, this is not true, but I do not feel any big difference with or without, it is called acute loss of yes and no, a whawha kills 1525x more sound!

Function only reverb is nice without, but have it in troubleshoots.


I use it for 1 year, and I care!

Fan of post rock, psychedelic rock, shadows, and all music atmofpheric I advise you!

200euros for a reverb-echo-delays as little standardized yeah it's worth it!

+ Fidelele for the roland space echo to digital
simple and effective
endless possibilities

- Entry level saturates quickly with humbuckers
size on a pedalboard?

AceLeppard's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Spaced"

Boss RE-20 Space Echo
Recreation in the form of pedal digital analog tape delay Roland RE-201.
The pedal has a number of knobs: Spec's for the precise site of Boss is a reference ...
Presence of a very useful tap tempo and an expression pedal jack, the latter may be affiliated with several parameters.


The general configuration is not as simple as it can get on the pedals boss format, will tell you one, "standard". It is also complicated by the selector in the center of the pedal to access various programs (division of time, nature of repetitions, add reverb or not ...)
The manual is also clear, and will help you discover the features of this pedal if you are not adventurous enough;)
Once the general operation decrypted, it is easy to get all the sounds you want, of course, if you are a fan of warm sounds and therefore imprecise 70's-80's!
I have almost never used except in effects loop, it quickly becomes an uncontrollable overdrive sound plugged directly ...

The addition of an expression pedal can be a great way to further expand the already well diversified range of delay: I use it personally to assay the rate of the delay in my "dry".


I came out of a Boss DD-3 (my first delay pedal) and I wanted to have something more authentic, being a fan of the blessed 70's. At first, this pedal so I closed, between its successful imitation of an old analog echo and the side of his architectural practice integrated tap tempo and expression pedal added.
However, my ear is doing as a measure of my experience, a sharp loss in the treble is felt when the pedal is engaged, which can be annoying, especially when it is used to enhance a solo the booster, because the delay paradoxically removes power to the sound! Be careful, this can be sought, it's just not me.
Another criticism would be the impact permanent staff has the knob "output level" on the right, it probably would have been better than it intervenes only when the delay is on.
I have almost never used the reverb pedal, preferring those generated by my Boss RV-5.
This pedal can be at ease on records such as Police or U2; on sounds more typical Hard Rock or she can quickly become unclear or too intrusive ...
That said, I keep a pretty good look at this pedal despite all these reservations!


I use this pedal for a little over a year, and it made me great service. I did not have much culture in delays was the time and I really wanted this one! We learn of his past choices, and value for money would be much more valuable is a price a little lower in my opinion!

It remains to me a good pedal objectively.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss RE-20 Space Echo
Same as the others ... I tried sr a Vox AC-15 + Telecaster (Seymour Duncan Humbucker) in the clear without other pedals.


edition super simple, no need for manual button -> a rglage ... have exactly the same rglage the RE-201 ... Petitti the LED that simulates the speed of the tape is when pltt marrantte same practice.


So the love, having had the ROLAND RE-201, bah this small delay pedals reproduced Fidler this band is everything, the little saturates when you push too much feedback, fluctuation band, m acclration me the nickel tape is when you move the button "Time", his warm, not numrique artifact (such numrique jump when you move too fast the buttons) Anyway, I doubt that we REALLY hear the diffrence between the 2 machine) ... I also have a line6 dj I loved a lot, but it's still the one at the top, it's clear ...


I still even a small BMOL ...

it lacks a switch to adjust the quality of the tape, there was the sr plug'in for UAD-1, in addition to Roland's boss as the sr plug'in, so I does not understand why we do not find this feature on the pedals.

t would not have the luxury of adding a MIDI IN / OUT for studio use.

Cool stuff:

it has a switch "Direct" as its ancestor (Only the sound of the delay out of the pedals) so it can be used as a studio effect ... Stereo tape and delay, a good hard;)