It’s based on the famous Roland Space Echo units from the ’70s and ’80s, and it’s $19
“History Repeating” and “Echoes of the past,” are the headings on Cherry Audio’s site. Clearly, their plug-in adaptation of the famous tape-based Roland Space Echo units from the ‘70s and ‘80s has to be good to deserve lines like that.
And yes, we’re just a little bit *too* jealous of whoever came up with them!
This processor comes hot on the heels of the Space Echo model that comes with their new Roland Jupiter 4 plug-in. But it’s the company’s first stand-alone effects processor.
Cherry Audio’s description: “Stardust 201 Tape Echo is a hot-rodded interpretation of the classic Roland “Space Echo” tape echo effects of the ’70s and ’80s. Compared to earlier tape echoes, they represented a giant leap in reliability and sound quality. With solidly built tape-transport mechanisms and the inclusion of a spring reverb and chorus effects in some models, the Space Echo was truly groundbreaking with its fantastic variety of sound colors.
“Stardust precisely recreates the limited fidelity and stability of audio tape, providing a natural rolloff of bass and treble frequencies for super-warm tonality and minor speed variances, lending an organic chorusing quality to repeats. Cranking the intensity knob overloads the circuit, generating the signature other-worldly runaway echoes and feedback that only a tape echo can produce.
“Cherry Audio’s Stardust 201 Tape Echo includes features from the original RE-201 and RE-301 Space Echo units, and we’ve added some of our own to create a great-sounding, super-flexible, ideal tape echo effect that never breaks down and never needs demagnetizing, all for less than the price of a Space Echo replacement audio tape loop!”