Since BOSS worked on a new version of their legendary RE-201 Space Echo (the RE-202), while they were at it they also developed a smaller version of it that retains the most crucial features: enter the BOSS RE-2 Space Echo, compact version!
This digital echo is a virtual multi-head tape machine offering the authentic sound of the RE-201, in mono or stereo.
It has four controls: a rotary one that sweeps through 11 modes (each representing a different configuration of the tape heads), and three dual ‘concentric” knobs dealing with two functions each: Echo Level, Intensity, Rate, (stereo) Reverb, Tone and Wow & Flutter.
Tap Tempo functionality is accessible by holding the footswitch, which can also trigger a momentary Twist effect.
As a cool extra, for the dry sound, you can choose between the warm and fat RE-201 preamp tone or a clean signal with zero processing
More info about the RE-2 can be found at the bottom of this post. We can also confirm that this pedal will be on display in our Stompbox Booth at NAMM 2022.
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BOSS RE-2 Space Echo, Builder’s Notes
The Authentic Space Echo Experience in a Compact Pedal
Introduced in 1974 and produced for over 14 years, the Roland RE-201 Space Echo stands among the most legendary and sought-after effect units in music history. Known for its distinctive rhythmic echo sounds, warm character, and highly playable sonic quirks, this tape-based classic continues to inspire musicians, producers, and audio mixers over four decades on.
With the RE-2, the authentic sound and behavior of the Space Echo is now available in the famous BOSS compact series for the first time. Backed by intensive R&D and our latest innovations, the RE-2 delivers the coveted magic of the RE-201 in a pedalboard-friendly footprint—realized in flawless detail by the company that designed the original.
• Authentic sound and behavior of the legendary Roland RE-201 Space Echo in a BOSS compact pedal
• Classic multi-head tape echo sound with expanded delay time
• Original three-head configuration and 11 different sound combinations
• Vintage RE-201 spring reverb sound with modern stereo operation
• Wow & Flutter control for introducing varying levels of natural tape modulation
• Twist effect with footswitch control
• Select between the unprocessed analog dry signal or the modeled sound of the original Space Echo preamp
• Tap tempo and carryover functions
• True stereo input and output
• Expandable control via external footswitches or an expression pedal
• BOSS five-year warranty
RE-201 Space Echo: Simply Legendary
When tape-based echoes were standard in the music world, the RE-201 was a leader in its class. Equipped with three evenly spaced tape heads and a spring reverb tank, it could produce everything from clean, single delays to dense, rhythmic echoes and ambient washes. The RE-201’s appealing sound was influenced by many factors, from the warm compression of magnetic tape saturation to the evolving modulation produced by motor speed fluctuations, friction, and other elements. Last but not least, analog preamp circuitry was a key ingredient in the Space Echo’s rich sonic recipe.
A Masterpiece Reborn
In developing the RE-2 and its big brother, the RE-202, BOSS engineers have fully reproduced all the complex, non-linear behaviors that contribute to the RE-201’s immortal character. We carefully analyzed several vintage RE-201s, including a pristine original unit from the BOSS and Roland factory archive. Everything that influences the sound has been recreated with all-new algorithms, including the tape path, record/playback mechanism, motor variations, preamp coloration, spring reverb character, and more.
Journey to Deep Space
The RE-2 squeezes the complete sonic character of the RE-201 into the classic BOSS compact pedal format. The 11-position mode selector lets you dial in different virtual tape heads with or without spring reverb, and you can balance the echo/reverb blend with independent level knobs. Every behavior is accurately replicated, such as the gradual pitch change that occurs with Repeat Rate tweaks and the runaway feedback that happens when maxing the Intensity knob. And with the expressive Wow & Flutter control, you can conjure all the natural modulation characteristics that are essential to the Space Echo sound.
Built for Modern Players
The RE-2 takes the Space Echo experience further with versatile features for today’s music. Delay time has been doubled and tap tempo control is supported, and there’s a cool Twist function for creating evocative special effects as you perform. For the dry sound, you can choose between the warm and fat RE-201 preamp tone or a clean signal with zero processing. Full stereo I/O is available, and it’s possible to mute the dry signal for parallel effect setups and studio use. The RE-2 also supports expanded control via external footswitches or an expression pedal, including continuous pedal control of multiple panel functions at once.