EP-34 Tape Echo

EP-34 Tape Echo


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Warm, crazy, and hazy delays from the most popular tape echo ever made.

The EP-34 Tape Echo plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces gives you an exacting emulation of the legendary tape echo device used by Jimmy Page, Brian May, Chick Corea, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Johnson, and Andy Summers. Vintage Echoplexes are legendary for their idiosyncrasies — including distortion, wow and flutter, self-oscillation, squelch effects, and other random analog goodness. The EP-34 Tape Echo plug-in emulates all of this, and more.

Like the hardware, the EP-34 plug-in’s record head can be slid in real time for smeary weirdness, trippy dub excursions, and more. The musical input clipping of the original hardware’s hallowed preamp section is also captured via a Record Volume control, giving the EP-34 some subtle to not-so-subtle tonal coloring and distortion. With the addition of modern workflow enhancements like Tempo Sync, the EP-34 Tape Echo plug-in is must-have tool for any mixer.

Now You Can:

Craft hazy delays and vibey slapback with the most legendary tape delay ever made

Tweak the EP-34 Tape Echo’s controls for real-time effects and tone sculpting

Harness a vintage Echoplex’s unique input clipping distortion on everything from drums to vocals and guitars

Create with plug-in-only features like Tempo Sync, Wet/Solo, Pan, and Tape Tension

The EP-34 Tape Echo is not affiliated with, sponsored, nor endorsed by any companies currently using the "Echoplex" name. “Echoplex” “EP-3” and “EP-4” model names, are used solely to identify the hardware emulated by Universal Audio.


Highly desirable sound of original EP-3 and EP-4 Echoplex* tape delay units, now available as a UAD-2 plug-in for Mac or PC
Tape echo effects virtually indistinguishable from those used on countless classic recordings of the past six decades
Unique movable record head design creates warm, rich sound unlike any other delay unit
Provides a range of tones, from simple slap effects to self-oscillation chaos
Amalgam of features from EP-3 and EP-4 hardware units, plus "digital only" extras for modern mix use
Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

Customer Reviews

EP-34 Tape Echo


M. Howden

May 17, 2013


simply love it. Put it on a separate bus and let it float off, degrading beautifully...

D. Skittlethorp

March 14, 2013

UAD provides us another winner

I am thrilled with this awesome plugin, Although I already had the Roland Space Echo plug, I am old enough to remember when the EP was the must have effect. UAD has perfectly modeled that plug and makes it available to us, It is amazing on a vocal track and a must have for guitars. Thank you UAD for your amazing work.

B. Stephane

January 16, 2013

formidable machine

This is a formidable machine
However, you must know the parametrer to get the best
great plugins
I use it all the time
Good job from the team universal audio

N. Nowottny

January 13, 2013

nice, unobtrusive

I was expecting a wow when I "plugged" it in but it was more like a "okay, nice" Maybe I have to fiddle about with it a bit more. A stereo feature would be a blessing. PLEASE DO A FULL STEREO VERSION with independant ms!! It's such a pain to route these things. ;)

D. Baer

August 9, 2012

Another wonderful plugin from UAD. I have used the original unit, and it is almost too close, but with the accurate interface that only a digital system can give you. The sound you can get by over saturating the tape is delightful. The only thing I would like would be for UAD to step away from the original unit and give the ability to increase the delay time past 700ms. If you are working with a track that is under around 85 bpm, then quarter note delay is pretty much out of the question. Otherwise, UAD has another happy customer. Guitar tracks sound amazing with this. Thanks again, and keep up the good work.

E. Hanson

August 14, 2012

Having owned an old echoplex back in the day, I can tell you that the UAD version is so close that it's scary. All that warm, gooey inspiring echo, back inside my DAW. If you want a true character echo, this is the best one I've found... and I've tried a bunch. Highly recommended.

W. Whitney

September 21, 2013

EP-34 Very unique!

Yup, I used the hardware units back in the day. And they all went south sooner or later, the plug always works and is unique in the UAD-2 lineup. Very different from the Roland space echo that I also have. It has just the right amount of crud in the signal to give it that character sound. With runaway feedback to die for! This is a true tape delay in every sense of the word! Can't live without it. Neither will you.

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August 27, 2013


I've never used the actual unit, but as far as i can tell, this plug-in mimics the echo very well!

It takes some getting used to in order to fully understand the way such an echo works but once you get the hang of it you can make some very unique sounds out of it!

A. Bjorn

June 17, 2011

This thing has changed how I produce music. Why ---- thats a trade secret - but there is not one single track I do not use this for now.


One thing I would like UAD to add is a stereo feature.

D. Pratt

June 17, 2011

This plugin sounds great when I am soloing the track but as soon as I bring the rest of the mix in I can't hear it. It is cool for creating effects but as a delay I can never hear it.

V. Salvaggio

January 17, 2016


I really wanted the Roland space echo but UA recommended this instead, I'm just not that excited about it. I probably should have spent my money on something better

J. Henderson

June 2, 2015

Soundtoys EchoBoy pisses all over this

That is all.

T. Teranishi

October 23, 2013



J. Vegna

September 10, 2017

A must have for any rock mixer

Awesome reverb and or delay and or special FX. Automating the time and feedback makes it go wild. And just ad an extra instance for stereo effects. I love it!

G. Miller

September 4, 2017

Lush AF


k. sivasankar

September 2, 2017

EP-34 Tape Echo

Wow ! I have an arsenal of Tape delays , but this thing blows all of them out of the water. Fantastic Job UA.

R. Marant

August 29, 2017


Universal audio has nailed the sound, a sound, that of a well-maintained EP-3 / EP-4. The driveway, tape replay and equalization are fantastic, as well as the way it saturates and distorts, it's great, it needs to be heard to appreciate it. It is an essential tool.

R. Marant

August 29, 2017


Universal audio has nailed the sound, a sound, that of a well-maintained EP-3 / EP-4. The driveway, tape replay and equalization are fantastic, as well as the way it saturates and distorts, it's great, it needs to be heard to appreciate it. It is an essential tool.
Universal audio ha clavado el sonido, un sonido, el de un EP-3 / EP-4 bien mantenido. El camino de entrada de la unidad, la repetición de la cinta y el ecualización son fantásticos, así como la forma en que satura y distorsiona , es genial , necesita ser escuchado para apreciarlo. Es una herramienta insprescindible .

S. Connor

August 28, 2017

Master bus sparkle !

I used this on my final mix and master bus to lift the high end without affecting the eq. Great results and very versatile plug in . Gave my final mix a commercial radio friendly shine 10/10

R. Marant

August 26, 2017

Es maravilloso...!!!

Es el delay de cinta que tuve hace años y hoy UAD me da la oportunidad de poder volver a trabajar con esta maravilla de herramienta. Estoy muy satisfecho ¡¡ Es imprescindible!! en mi caja de herramientas sonaras.

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