The Belle Epoch Deluxe contains the Exact EP-3 circuitry, from the 22 volt power rail, to the JFET preamp (later spec), to the mixer stage, to the high gain silicon transistor based record and playback amplifiers, to the feedback loop. All circuitry is faithfully reproduced and fine-tuned from the original EP-3 specifications. The only thing missing are the record and playback heads, with a 24-bit high-fidelity digital delay line taking the place of the tape.
All-discrete, through-hole construction with orange drop 225P capacitors, carbon composition resistors, germanium diodes, and other premium parts.
Controls the Modulation Depth. The Type of Modulation depends on the setting of the ECHO PROGRAM MATRIX. Set to minimum for no modulation with the exception of Echo Pragram 3.
Record Level (Analog)
Controls the gain of the input signal hitting the record amplifier. This may range from no signal to heavily overdriving the transistor record amplifier. Record level only effects the level of the initial repeat. Once these signals are regenerating this control has no effect on them (Just like the EP-3).
Echo Volume (Analog)
Controls Wet/Dry Mix using the original mixer circuit as the Ep-3 for the same subtle phase and tone shifts of the dry signal.
Echo Sustain (analog)
Controls the amount of delay feedback and is tuned to function just like the Ep-3. Run-away echo starts at about noon. At high settings (above 2 O'clock) It will get loud.
Echo Delay (Digital)
Controls the delat time from 80ms to 800ms (just like the Ep-3).
Latching footswitch allows instant runaway repeats with LED indicator. Internal trimpot allows this function to be user tunable. In effect, the trimpot is an alternate echo sustain setting. You can set it anywhere from one repeat to infinite oscillation.
The bypass footswitch can be set to either true bypass or trails mode via an internal slider switch. Trails mode cuts the dry signal at the input of the record amplifier allowing any remaining repeats to continue circulating.
Control over delay time, delay playback volume, rotary speed, and filter sweep. When the delay time expression control is selected the panal knob (echo delay) controls the maximum delay time when the expression pedal is at full toe. Minimum delay time can be set from most expression pedals given control over both minimum and maximum delay times, from full heel to full toe.
Echo Pragram Matrix
- Classic Ep-3 tape voicing. Slighly bright repeats.
- Dark "Analog" voicing inspired by classic BBD delays. Repeats sit underneath the dry signal.
- Roto swirl. As if repeats were run through a Leslie. Use an expression pedal to unlock the full capabilities of this feature.
- Manual Sweeping Resonant Filter. As if the repeats were going through a wah pedal. Use an expression pedal to unlock the full capabilities of this feature.
- DMM Chorus. Replicates the Chorus setting of the Deluxe Memory Man.
- DMM Vibrato. Replicates the Vibrato setting of the Deluxe Memory Man.