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Overview

EP-34 Tape Echo Plug-In

Warm, Highly Adjustable, Tape Echo Emulation Inspired By Two Classic Echoplex* Units.

Universal Audio's EP-34 Tape Echo plug-in gives guitar players and mix engineers the rich, warm tape delay effects of vintage Echoplex units, now on the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform for Mac and PC. One need only listen to classic recordings from Jimmy Page, Brian May, Chick Corea, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Johnson and Andy Summers to hear the Echoplex sound in action. Unlike other Echoplex emulations, the EP-34 is the first plug-in that targets specific behaviors of both the EP-3 and EP-4 Echoplexes.

  • 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
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide
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The original Echoplex hardware boxes employed an infinite tape loop combined with a sliding record head, allowing the user to set the desired delay length. Of course, as an analog tape-based unit, there were many idiosyncrasies along the way — including distortion, wow and flutter, self-oscillation, squelch effects, and other vintage magic. The EP-34 plug-in emulates all of these attributes, with a record head slider that can be moved in real time and used in conjunction with an Echo Repeats control to create echo and pitch chaos. The distinct, musical input clipping of the original hardware is also captured via a Record Volume control, giving the EP-34 some subtle to not-so-subtle tonal coloring and distortion as desired. Recreating the infinite delay times afforded by a sliding record head — as well as capturing the desirable distortion of the hardware's preamp circuit — were difficult and DSP-intensive tasks, but the experts at UA sweated every last detail, ensuring that the EP-34 plug-in is verifiably the most accurate model for those who want the distinct, chaotic Echoplex sound, "warts and all."

Just like the original hardware, faster-than-tape-path speeds can be achieved with the EP-34 plug-in, leading to "sonic-boom/tape squeal" effects, self-chorusing due to speed variations, plus pinch roller wow and flutter. The Echo Volume control allows the blending of processed and unprocessed signal; however as with the original, even the dry signal is tonally affected by the plug-in. Finally, the original Echoplex's self-oscillation capabilities are present as well, including the "squelch" effect (an interruption in self-oscillation) achieved at extreme settings when processing low-frequency material.

The EP-34 includes the same metering and highly musical tone controls found on the EP-4, but removes its undesirable in-line noise reduction circuit that guitarists often disabled (original manufacturer Maestro removed this circuit soon after the product's release). A few EP-34 "extras" not found on the original hardware include modern conveniences like Tempo Sync, Input Select (allows for a cleaner sound [LO] or a dirtier sound [HI] ), Tension (for a snappy or sludgy response time), Echo Send, Wet Solo, Pan (wet signal only) and Power (plug-in bypass).

Taken together, these features make the EP-34 more than just a tape delay plug-in, but a warm and inspiring instrument that can be played by manipulating the controls as you go.

*Note: The EP-34 Tape Echo product is not affiliated with, sponsored, nor endorsed by any companies currently using the "Echoplex" name. The Echoplex name, as well as the EP-3 and EP-4 model names, are used solely to identify the classic effects emulated by Universal Audio's product.

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  • Michael Brauer

    (The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket)

    "I'm loving the EP-34. As always, the harder you push the plug-in, the more it gives off the real world artifacts of the unit being overdriven. This is where other companies fail and UA thrives."

    Mick Glossup

    (Frank Zappa, Van Morrison, UFO)

    "The EP-34 is totally authentic! But since it has automation control, you can get much more accurate with the delay slider. I love the continuous feedback/tape overload."

    Steve Levine

    (Culture Club, Beach Boys, Patch William)

    "The [EP-34 plug-in's] self oscillation has all the vibe of the real Echoplex or Watkins with NO tape hiss and NO mechanical noise."

    Rik Simpson

    (Coldplay)

    “The EP-34 Tape Echo is a lovely plug-in. It's very earthy and gritty and organic sounding.”

    The Crystal Method

    “The UAD EP-34 Tape Echo reacts and sounds like the real thing. We think this is the best-sounding tape echo plug we've ever heard.”

  • Paul Vnuk, Jr.

    (Recording Magazine)

    "I have used many real Echoplexes and can say that [with the EP-34] UA nailed both the functions and, better yet, the quirks, especially the "tape gulp" that grabs and suspends the delayed signal for a millisecond as you move the big slider."

    Paul Vnuk, Jr.

    (Recording Magazine)

    "The EP-34's input path, tape repeats, and EQ are fantastic... its gritty, grungy, dark and syrupy delays are a treat to fiddle with."

    Gareth Jones

    (Depeche Mode, Erasure, Grizzly Bear)

    "The EP-34's dark, moody sound was the perfect complement to the lead vocal, and really helped me build the atmosphere of the track I was mixing. Thanks UA for another cool tool."

    Steve Levine

    (Culture Club, Beach Boys, Patch William)

    "I had been trying to find a good Echoplex on eBay, but just couldn't find a good one. Now I don't need to!"

    Matt Knobel

    (Lenny Kravitz)

    "If I didn't know better I would swear I was sitting in front of a hardware version. The feel and sound [of the EP-34 plug-in] are amazing."

  • Steve Levine

    (Culture Club, Beach Boys, Patch William)

    "The EP-34 plug-in is amazing ... it has to be the best software emulation of a hardware tape echo so far."

    Jeff Balding

    (LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill)

    "The new EP-34 Tape Echo plug-in is so addictive. I absolutely love the character, I've found my new favorite delay plug-in!"

    Matt Knobel

    (Lenny Kravitz)

    "This [EP-34] delay line gives my mixes great depth and tonality. Perfect for Vocals and Guitars."

    Shawn Patterson

    (Universal Pictures, Nickelodeon, Disney)

    "With the UA EP-34 tape echo you get input sensitivity control to drive the front end and then some. There's even generation loss in the delay tails. I am already using it in the studio on tons of tracks and not just guitar. UA nailed it again!"

    Bruce Dees

    (James Brown, Ronnie Milsap)

    "It [EP-34] sounds terrific and completely authentic, even the tape wow when you move the slider. I love it. Sounds as good and works as well as I have come to expect from Universal Audio — the standard in plug-ins and analog recording gear in my book."

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    All character
    by C. Hoyer (Thursday 10 July, 2014)

    Put off buying this one for a long time, but finally caved. This thing is all character, from the drive and saturation to the echoes themselves. It all sounds so real! Of course you can use this effect to do crazy stuff, but you don't have to at all. It's great just bubbling along in a mix on a mu … Read More

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    by M. Fernandez (Friday 13 December, 2013)

    Excellent software, like i expected. With the wet button, when you print your audio and move it ahead according to the delay time , you've got a great tape sound without delay at no more expense. The only drawback is the maximum delay time of 700ms. That's a 1/2 at 67bpm. I thought software could … Read More

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    EP-34 Very unique!
    by W. Whitney (Saturday 21 September, 2013)

    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 runaw … Read More

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    multi use processor
    by R. MACMULLEN (Tuesday 9 July, 2013)

    this ep-34 tape echo is one of the finest plug ins I have ever used since it is a multi use item with excellent echo ,delay and added effects characteristics beyond any expectations .any sounds can be enhanced both dramatically or with great finesse . eliminates the multi plug in useage conserving … Read More

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    My perfect echo...
    by T. Spielmacher (Saturday 15 June, 2013)

    Vintage. Warm. Control. Historic. Mine! I love delay. At times (especially for vocals) I will use it like a separate backing instrument. I'm shocked at how versatile, complimentary and modern this effect can be although there is plenty of old school "cheese" if one wants it. Buy this. … Read More

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Features & Specs

EP-34 Tape Echo Plug-In

Features:

  • 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

See the UAD Instance Chart here

Parameters:

  • Echo Delay continuously adjusts effect timing from 80ms to 700ms
  • Echo Repeats continuously adjusts echo repeats from 1 to self-oscillation
  • Echo Volume (wet/dry knob) continuously blends between colored "dry" path and effect path
  • Recording Volume continuously adjusts effected signal's output gain and clipping characteristics
  • Echo Tone Treble continuously adjusts fixed high frequency boost or cut
  • Echo Tone Bass continuously adjusts fixed low frequency boost or cut
  • Continuous Pan positions delayed signal anywhere in the stereo field
  • Wet On/Off enables or disables "always wet" state of plug-in for send effect use
  • Input Select LO or HI chooses between two input types for cleaner or saturated delay effects
  • Tension Select LO or HI chooses between fast and slow Echo Delay response times
  • Echo Send On/Off enables and disables signal sent to the delay system for selective delay effects
  • Echo Sync On/Off enables and disables tempo sync to host DAW
  • Power On/Off enables and disables entire plug-in processing
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Docs

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

Apollo Software Manual

UA Product Catalog.pdf

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