Bell Epoch Deluxe EP3 Dual Tape Echo Emulation

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Catalinbread Bell Epoch Deluxe Guitar Delay Pedal
Catalinbread Bell Epoch Deluxe Guitar Delay Pedal
Catalinbread Bell Epoch Deluxe Internal Trimpot and Switches
Catalinbread Bell Epoch Deluxe Guitar Delay Pedal
Catalinbread Bell Epoch Deluxe Guitar Delay Pedal
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Catalinbread Bell Epoch Deluxe Guitar Delay Pedal Demo Video
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Catalinbread Bell Epoch Deluxe Internal Trimpot and Switches

Bell Epoch Deluxe EP3 Dual Tape Echo Emulation

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Analog signal path: Record Level/Echo Volume/Echo Sustain.

Digital signal path: Depth/Echo Delay

80ms-800ms delay time ( exactly like an EP-3).

Catalinbread's 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.

Catalinbread Bell Epoch Deluxe User Manual

 

  • Depth (Digital)

    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).

     

  • Echo Oscillation

    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.

     

  • Bypass

    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.

     

  • Expression Pedal

    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

    1. Classic Ep-3 tape voicing. Slighly bright repeats. 
    2. Dark "Analog" voicing inspired by classic BBD delays. Repeats sit underneath the dry signal.
    3. Roto swirl. As if repeats were run through a Leslie. Use an expression pedal to unlock the full capabilities of this feature.
    4. 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. 
    5. DMM Chorus. Replicates the Chorus setting of the Deluxe Memory Man.
    6. DMM Vibrato. Replicates the Vibrato setting of the Deluxe Memory Man.



Pedal Secrets

Left Internal switcher controls trails or "true bypass".
Right trimpot controls runaway feedback from one repeat to infinity.

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Steve Sousa
Most Authentic EP3 Delay

I’ve tried a lot of ep3 style tape delays and this one comes the closest to the actual echoplex unit in my opinion. Great pedal.

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Garrett Sheehan
Legendary!

I’m a few weeks deep into using this pedal and I’m extremely satisfied. It plays nicely with other effects as well as different amplifiers. It does color your sound but in a good way, just like the old tape units. There is a little bit of noise when engaged, but it’s much less than the original. The only drawback is that it may not be best in an effects loop. I use mine in front of the amp as in the old days and it sounds amazing, especially into a dirty amp. Highly recommended!

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Bob
Hits the mark, and then some!

The Echoplex has always been the gold standard for tape echoes! I had an EP-2 for many years, so I was excited to see what Catalinbread had done with the Belle Epoch Deluxe.

Wow.

I mean WOW!

It NAILED the classic Echoplex tone PERFECTLY, even the little quirks that are inherent in tape echoes!

And then, I tried the other functions...

Again, WOW!!!

I started thinking, "Who needs a tape, anyway?"

The Belle Epoch Deluxe gets it about 99.999% perfect (I wanted a LITTLE wiggle room), and then, it gets a LOT more to go along with it!

Unless you're the MOST demanding of tape purists, the Belle Epoch Deluxe is EVERYTHING you'll need!!!