Maestro Echoplex EP-4 vs Roland RE-301

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This is a side by side comparison of two classic analog tape delays, the Maestro Echoplex Ep-4, and the Roland RE-301 Chorus Echo. Which one do you think is better?

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  1. Claude McCan

    May 16th, 2014 at 10:31 am


    They are both great but RE-301 is much better for several reasons. The RE-301 is easier to get and accurate delay time for a particular tempo because it delay time knob is just more finely tuned and you have mode switch to instantly change to faster note divisions in that same tempo. The RE-301 is also quite a bit more versatile because it includes spring reverb and chorus separately from the delay effect and all three can be used at the same time or in any combination. This feature is ,in my opinion, what makes it superior to the Roland RE-201 also. RE-301 wins hands down.

  2. Eric

    October 12th, 2014 at 11:56 am


    Well, is reverb and chorus what makes a delay because if that is the case, there are digital delays out there that are far more versatile.

    However, if sound is the only criteria, then I give it to the Echoplex. The decays have a filtered effect that is absolutely heavenly. It is as if each echo is layered further with this orb of excellence. It is this that is the fingerprint of the Echoplex.

    I will grant you that this is a subjective assessment.

    The 301 is the opposite. It’s delays get brighter. It’s precision and added features does make it superior in that sense. If you really maintained the track that the head sits on you can get more precise.

    Keep in mind again that this is an unrestored EP-4 with an old tape vs a fully restored 301.

    But yes they are both absolutely fantastic. Neither one will disappoint.

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