Using an expression pedal unlocks the live performance potential of your new Belle Epoch Deluxe! You can control delay time, echo volume, rotary speed, or filter sweep from an expression pedal. And when combined with the user-tunable Echo Oscillation footswitch and/or the internally switchable trails/true-bypass mode, all kinds of new sonic vistas are available!…
A Tale of Two Epochs One day I was playing through some of the old amp-top effect units we have at the shop – various oil can echoes, the Space Echo, the Binson, the EP-3, the Klemt, the Fender outboard reverb, even an old Deluxe Memory Man – and I had the thought, “Why do…
Steve Berlin and Dave Bruzza Tour Catalinbread
Mike gave them the walkthrough. The tour usually starts with the front room where you’re likely to meet Clementine, shop dog. The heart and buzz of the work gets done in Production. The teams work like jelly, with QC, our quality assurance folks. The best folks in the business because at the end of the day, everyone wants to be here and loves doing it. We’re also creative folks and like to be inspired by other creative folks. What a groovy day!
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Belle Epoch vs Echoplex EP-3
This is the last video in our Belle Epoch: Tips, Techniques and Insights series. We end this series with a side by side, direct comparison of our Belle Epoch and the Echoplex EP-3.
Part Two: in depth overview of Belle Epoch parameters: how to use Delay, Rev Level, Mix and Modulation
This week’s video: Part 2 of 3 in our Belle Epoch vs Echoplex EP-3 series. An in depth overview of control surface parameters on the Catalinbread Belle Epoch and how it was designed to act and sound just like an Echoplex EP-3!
Just a few nuggets of information in this video:
How to Use Delay: recreate the slapback on an Echoplex.
How to Use Record Level and Mix: dial in your sound. They’re analogous to a Record Level trim pot and Echo Volume (Mix on Belle Epoch). Record Level on an Echoplex sets how hard you hit tape essentially getting your recording level set to optimize your signal to noise ratio. By hitting the tape harder or less hard you get different sounds and textures, and determine where the echo can sit in relation to your dry guitar. As Record Level attenuates, it hits the virtual tape softer making wispy repeats. As it is turned up, it saturates more and your low end goes up, contributing to head bumps.
Stay Tuned for Part 3 next week, for the Belle Epoch and Echoplex EP-3 face off!!
A specific question has been asked quite a bit. “Should I put my Belle Epoch before or after dirt?” Find out in this first video of three!
The Belle Epoch is placed in front and behind the Catalinbread RAH (Royal Albert Hall) pedal for a clear side by side comparison and differentiates subtleties that can be achieved with the Belle. Howard also describes in detail, each control of the Belle Epoch and its design intentions. This series will also include side by side comparisons of the Belle Epoch to an Echoplex EP-3. Our hope is that you walk away armed and inspired by some new knowledge!
Stay Tuned for Parts 2 and 3. New videos every Thursday 🙂
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