I own an original RE-201, and I love Universal Audio's plug-in emulations of classic gear, so I was really looking forward to getting this plug-in to make things like BPM matching much easier. However, after doing some comparison tests, I ended up not buying it because I really preferred the sound of the hardware unit (though it sure would be nice to not have such a high noise floor).
You can hear the differences for yourself here, if you'd like:
I still gave it four stars because it's a great-sounding delay plug-in, even though I do prefer the original.
This old school tape delay is so nice on vox, guitar and snare. It sound really like the reel one.
I have to say this really sounds great. Obviously it isn't a real space echo unit. and comparing the two is pointless..
however I used the spring recently on 2 tracks and it breathed so much life into the mix. as well as the delay on some vocals.
Having used a real space echo I would say this is a lot more predictable than a real unit, which have their own querks. however as I say sonically it's very powerful for that absolutely authentic space echo tape distorted delay sound.
I think UAD should perhaps explore an "imaginary" add on plugin that adds extra features not found in the original 201..
Great sounding plugin, simply, easy to use, but great results.
A good plugin, not a micracle, but good and usable :)
Hey I'm Michael O'Neill, i've been recording music for close to thirty years. Always you know independent , underground indy kinda music. I started with an analog tape deck and my first record was the Honey moon killers first recorded. recorded in the basement of a butcher shop. It was four track. And at the time i owned a Roland 201 space echo and it changed my approach to guitar playing and sound design forever. Over the years i owned three 201's.They were outrageous for any live performance. Cause i've always mixed it up in the few bands i've been in it always covers it ground. Thats from early sounded Sun studio slap to shoegazer spaced outness. I really like the UA rendition! Sounds dub heavy cool. use it on background vocals ethereal!
Gets pretty close to the sound of the hardware. I love to use it subtly on vocal and keyboard tracks.
A very special product that I don't use that often. For 70s/early 80s atmosphere-signature sound: this is THE plug-in! Just think of the 70s sci-fi movie background sound and you know what it can create for you.
Fantastic plug-in, just miss some options for longer delay times, that would make it even more better.
You know, this thing is REALLY cool! I get some awesome mush out of it. My only request is for some longer delay times. UAD PLEASE lengthen the delay times. It may not be "legit" as far as emulating the original, but I don't care. I really want to be able to have delay times greater than a 1/4 note at 120 bpm. How 'bout two whole measures of delay time at 120? That'd be crazy useful especially when creating drones!