The Universal Audio UAFX Galaxy ’74 Tape Echo is a stereo pedal that encapsulates the essence of the ’70s Roland Tape Echo into an almost compact case, adding extra features like presets, dual stereo effects, tap tempo, a momentary footswitch function, and doubled delay times that allow creating rhythmic subdivisions not possible on the original hardware.
For those wondering how this pedal differs from the other delay in the UAFX line (the Starlight), here’s a quick explanation: unlike the latter, the Galaxy ’74 only has one mode: it emulates a multi-head tape echo, which has the distinct, warm character of vintage delays based on recording the sound to tape. That machine allowed the recording and playback heads to be configured in different ways, which produced subdivisions and rhythmic patterns a regular delay can’t do. While the Starlight has a tape echo-style delay which emulates the color of a tape echo, it can’t host all these functions because its controls and DSP is shared with three other delay modes.
The pedal’s form factor remains faithful to the one seen in other pedals in this line, slightly wide0r than a compact pedal, and the controls include six knobs (three of which, the bottom ones, with alt function) two toggles, and two footswitches.
There’s also an app that allows, among other things, tweaking footswitch settings, managing presets, adjusting real-time effects, and customizing unique oscillation sounds.
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Universal Audio UAFX Galaxy ’74 Tape Echo, Builder’s Notes
Built upon award-winning UAFX dual?engine processing and an unquenchable thirst for sonic authenticity, Galaxy ’74 Tape Echo & Reverb captures the warm, warped, relentlessly analog effects of the iconic mid-’70s Roland Space Echo* hardware, for a crayon box of lush textures, right at your feet.
Swim in Warm, Gritty Delay Textures
Get iconic tape textures filled with the musical wow and flutter and saturation of the original Space Echo unit, and use the multi-head design — along with doubled delay times and tap tempo — to create rhythmic subdivisions not possible on the original hardware. You can even bend minds in realtime with self-oscillation for crazy runaway delay effects.
Get Lost in Cavernous Spring Reverb
Only Galaxy ’74 gives you the authentic dub-heavy effects of the original’s spring reverb — along with a Dwell control for even wilder sounds — hurtling your tone into the cosmos, with textures that leave other emulators of this hallowed hardware behind in a puff of space dust.
Traverse the Cosmos with Dual Stereo Effect Engines
Galaxy ’74’s powerful engine runs separate stereo instances of each reverb and delay — for stunning three-dimensional stereo depth that is unmatched by any other stompbox.
Personalize your Pedal with a Mobile App
With the UAFX Control app, you can tweak footswitch settings, adjust realtime effects, and customize unique oscillation sounds to blast your tones into the stratosphere.