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Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe (EP3 Tape Echo Emulation W/ Preamp/buffer) Guitar Effect Pedal

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Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe (EP3 Tape Echo Emulation W/ Preamp/buffer) Guitar Effect Pedal

The Belle Epoch Deluxe is an exact reproduction of the iconic 1970’s Maestro Echoplex® EP-3 - the only difference is there is no tape!

The Belle Epoch Deluxe honors the EP-3 lineage by faithfully reproducing the original EP-3 specifications part for part - the only things missing are the record and playback heads - with a 24-bit high-fidelity digital delay line taking the place of the tape cartridge. Exact circuitry reproduction of the 22v power rail (running off a standard 9vDC power supply) helps to achieve that expansive plugged-into-the-wall sound. The JFET preamp (later EP-3 spec), mixer stage, and high gain silicon transistor-based record and playback amplifiers and feedback loop lends to the big, warm feel expected from these legendary musical devices.

No Compromises!

True to Catalinbread form, each component is thoughtfully and meticulously ear selected to bring you the most accurate EP-3 feel and sound available in pedal form

 

Belle Epoch Deluxe: More Than Just an Echo Unit

Players for decades have sworn by the Echoplex, not just for the delays, but for the sonic enhancement it brings to the player’s rig as well. This is widely accepted consensus by now as there are several EP-3 inspired boosters on the market. But the third aspect of the Echoplex was that it was a live performance instrument unto itself. Catalinbread’s addition of the expression pedal control over delay time, delay playback head volume, and even rotary speed and filter sweep behaviors expands the legacy of the Echoplex as a performance instrument. Then we went further and added a momentary footswitch for echo oscillation, tunable via an internal trim pot, for even more sonic potential that even the originals did not possess!

 

But Wait - There’s More!!!

As if that weren’t enough - we then expanded the possibilities even further by adding 5 more sonic layers to the Echo cake! Echo Programs 2 through 6 feature a warmer ‘analog delay’ flavored mode, Rotary, Filter, DMM Chorus, and DMM Vibrato modes - all benefitting from that magical EP-3 preamp feel.  

 

Using an expression pedal unlocks the live performance potential of your new Belle Epoch Deluxe!

You can control delay time, echo volume, rotary speed, or filter sweep from an expression pedal. And when combined with the user-tunable Echo Oscillation footswitch and/or the internally switchable trails/true-bypass mode, all kinds of new sonic vistas are available!

TRS expression pedal. Ring to wiper. Sleeve to ground. Tip to 3.3v.

WARNING: Do not plug a tip-sleeve plug (like a standard guitar or speaker cable plug) into expression pedal jack.

(Some models, such as Dunlop Volume X series have an internal switch to swap Tip/Ring. Dunlop ships with Tip to wiper so the internal switch must be flipped.)

Linear taper is recommended for the best sweep.

B10k or B25k are common. Pot value not critical.

We recommend springing for a high-quality metal-bodied one if you will be using it for live performance. While the less expensive plastic bodied ones work they aren’t very accurate and it’s hard to keep a setting from moving when you lift your foot.

 

Belle Epoch Deluxe Expression Pedal Compatibility

This is a list we are continually building on. If you have anything to share feel free to contact customer service.

Email Customer Service: erksin@catalinbread.com

M-Audio

Set bottom toggle to “Other”.

Set external side trimmer to full CCW.

Now use external side trimmer to adjust min vol or delay time (full heel)

 

Moog

Set bottom toggle to “Other”

Set external side trimmer to full CW.

(Side trimmer is not useful for the BEDlx.)

 

Roland EV-5

Set external side trimmer to full CCW.

Now use external side trimmer to adjust min vol or delay time (full heel)

We’ve noticed some units have poor quality pots so the pedal can’t achieve full min or max settings.

 

Dunlop Volume Series (XL, X, X Mini)

RECOMMENDED BY CATALINBREAD

Remove bottom plate and push down blue toggle switch from factory setting.

Trimpot sets min vol or delay time (full heel)

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Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe (EP3 Tape Echo Emulation W/ Preamp/buffer) Guitar Effect Pedal

Ships Free Yes
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Location of this item San Francisco, CA
Name Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe (EP3 Tape Echo Emulation W/ Preamp/buffer) Guitar Effect Pedal
SKU BELLE-EPOCH-DLX
GTIN 853710004406
Condition new
Manufacturer Catalinbread