Catalinbread Belle Epoch
Catalinbread Belle Epoch
MacB 07/03/2014

Catalinbread Belle Epoch : MacB's user review

« This was the time when the guitar sung, it was time amps screaming! »

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Delay pedal Echoplex type tape hypersensitive attacks on the strings of the instrument or by doights pick. This pedal is a digital delay but does not scan the guitar signal.

It reproduces the delay time of 80ms famous EP3 perfect to play as Brian May or Jimmy Page, Gilmour, Greenwood, Johnny Marr, guitarist or a dark Krautrock!



- Echo Delay reproduced moving the playhead to the band,
- Echo Sustain control rehearsals up to self-oscillation,
- Sway control the appearance of "floating on the strip"
- Tone control the "recording level" or force you "tap on the strip" for its light and airy or thick and saturated. It also adjusts the volume of the first rehearsal.

An internal gain control adjusts the gain and volume of the Belle Epoch up a boost fuzzy. An internal switch allows the switch to true bypass or "trails" mode. It can be powered by 9V or 18V for more dynamic.

Say it with internet settings are easy to find, and the echoplex effect is simply all realistic, fantastic, it's like being possessed by David Gilmour or Jimmy Page, see THE EDGE U2 in the 80s, to the time of the album Unforgettable fire or Johnny GREENWOOD, period OK COMPUTER / KIDEA with RADIOHEAD.

This is 10 times better than MEMORY MAN is the equivalent of 2 or 4 memory man 70 year, connected in series 3 amps, but that goes with the breath in terms of power. This is all simply fabulous, where the sound appears as packed with the modern MEMORY MAN, here it is now released with it.

Finally it will remain poorer than a large machine in EMPRESS hair, but it is a delay professional to get professional effects in my opinion, to create a special sound atmosphere planing. It can be used on stage all is possible here, and a lot of kind!

For my part, I use 18-volt plug directly into an old fender 60s, the effect is all simply great, it feels at 18 volts, the effect is completely stereo, all being warm and atmospheric. It is used in Mode "buffer" (via switch inside the pedal which allows a true bypass coupled with a real buffer that will boost its your very slightly). It can also use 9 volts, but the effect seems more dull I think.

To use, I recommend the one hand never exceeded 9:00 at the MIX pedal (unless you want to spit out your breakfast, or you feel like rolling in sinuous curves mountain!) And never exceeded 13.00 at the ECHO / DELAY function, because the effect becomes quite unmanageable unless you're a musician, experimental guitarist. For the rest of you do as you wish.


The effects are very effective, it is both in the progressive rock of the 60/70 with Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, rock or "new wave" of the 80s, especially with U2, in the British 90s rock / 2000 with Smith, Johnny MARR, RADIOHEAD, KASABIAN (early) or more experimental things like KRAUTROCK (Mogwai, Faust ...). One can even get the effect of slapback that can be found on the rock'n'roll album of John Lennon, it is the same!

To me this is clearly not the delay to music or another in particular (eg this is not the delay for U2, however depending on your hardware you may reproduce this characteristic sound come) this will depend on your guitar, your amp, because delay in the faculty not to distort the sound of your amp or guitar, it does not stain as could a MEMORY MAN.

I use it with a Fender Mustang made in Japan, with a custom luthier shop system, standard type L 1965 plugged into a Fender blackface. I do not use nothing else for the moment, because I'm on a kind folk / rock, I'm not progressive rock. However it merges well with FUZZ (BIG MUFF), overdrive (TC ELECTRONIC, FULLTONE), the boost (Xotic, MXR). It is very sensitive to the ties between the pedals, if the clip is bad qualitée, you lose the signal, you will feel when you désenclencherez the delay.


I use it for 1 month. Before that I had MEMORY MAN, IBANEZ, MXR Carbon Copy delay. It dominates them all by far! Only a delay of at EMPRESS, more expensive, higher-end, can make a difference and be even better (for trying), but after that is not the same world, and not the same price.

The price / quality ratio is very correct for this type of machine.

+ = + Strength, beautiful design, solid, nice nod to the old EP3 design.
+ Interragie immediately with shots or pick doights guitarist.
+ 18 Volt Plug in front all the effect is unbelievable (éssayer!)
+ You can easily unscrew and screw the rear panel to adjust the overall volume of the delay (for my part, I left the factory setting which is well!)

- = - 9 volt plug in, the effect is great but much duller than 18 volts it feels. I would advise the 9 volt fans Slapback, country, blues!
- You can not put any 9 volt battery, or more, it connects with an external power supply (to buy more at the time of purchase, focusing on BOSS, VISUAL SOUND or DUNLOP brands, other brands KORG , STAGG, will not work with this pedal!). I put this negative point, but for my part, I never use batteries of sorts for no no my pedals!

Yes I do it again this purchase, or I will consider a delay of at EMPRESS, even better than this one.