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by M. Kinzer (12/20/2015):

I have purchased only three plug-ins for my Apollo, and this one is the best. I'd been waiting ... Read more

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Roland® RE-201 Space Echo Tape Delay Plug-In

Warm, Highly Adjustable, Multi-Head Tape Delay Captured From the Best of the Space Echo Line

Created by Roland in 1973, the Space Echo has been adding wonderful tape character and chaos to performances and recordings since its inception. Pink Floyd and David Bowie, countless reggae and dub albums, to more recent bands like Portishead and Radiohead, all offer examples of the warm, highly adjustable tape delays that the Space Echo affords. UA spent over a year developing our RE-201 Space Echo — considered the best of the Space Echo line — to capture the physical behavior of this complex device, “warts and all.” The resulting RE-201 Space Echo plug-in is truly a unique instrument unto itself.

UA’s RE-201 Space Echo faithfully retains all the controls and features of the original, such as the Mode Selector for various head combinations, Repeat Rate for fine timing control, and Intensity which sets repeat count and allows the unit to achieve self-oscillation. The all-important Echo/Normal “Dub” switch is retained for muting, as well as the simple tone controls. Last but certainly not least, the atmospheric shimmer of the Space Echo’s spring reverb is faithfully captured, putting this fantastic plug-in on par with the original unit as a tool of infinite creativity.

Our emulation also adds substantial “digital only” features like host Tempo Sync, Output Volume, Echo and Reverb Pan. Finally, a Tape Select is present allowing the user to select between three distinct grades of tape loop quality, new, used and old—plus the clever “Splice” switch allowing the user to trigger the chaos-inducing tape splice at will.




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  • Vance Powell

    (The Raconteurs)

    "Every time I hook up my real 201 [Space Echo] to use in a mix, I end up going back to the UAD [RE-201]. It's so good"

    Joe Chiccarelli

    (The White Stripes, My Morning Jacket, The Killers

    “As a vocal delay, the [UAD Roland RE-201] Space Echo is perfect. I like driving the input hard to get a bit of crunch. Mixed behind a lead vocal, it can add some additional excitement."

    The Crystal Method

    “The [UAD] Roland RE-201 plug-in is truly a phenomenal representation of the unique design and sound of the original.”

    Adam Blake

    Zoot Woman

    "The Dimension D is perfect for adding stereo width and the RE-201 Space Echo always seems to come in handy."

    Hans Zimmer

    (The Dark Knight, Gladiator)

    "That used to be my bread and butter. Fling it through the Space Echo and it would instantly sound fantastic."

  • Henry Jackman

    (The Da Vinci Code)

    "The [UAD] Roland RE-201 Space Echo sounds as fantastic as the original. All the joy, without the hassle."

    Mike Shipley

    (Allison Kraus, Maroon 5)

    "We’ve been using the [UAD emulation of the Roland] Space Echo on the new Maroon 5 single, 'Misery'."

    Jacquire King

    (Norah Jones, Tom Waits)

    "All the [Roland] plugs...I've used the hardware...I'm just using the plug-ins now, because they sound so good."

    Vance Powell

    (The Raconteurs)

    "If you take UA's RE-201 and Dimension D plug-ins, you can kind of get a [RE-]301. Both of those plug-ins are brilliant."

    Paul Vnuk, Jr.

    (Recording Magazine)

    "Once again UA has come as close to modeling the real thing [with Roland/BOSS Plug-Ins] as you are going to get ..."

  • Jonathan Wilson

    (Future Music UK)

    "The star of the Roland plug-ins is the Space Echo … but both chorus plug-ins are also excellent in their own right."

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    Hobbyist finds this useful for most tracks
    by M. Kinzer (Sunday 14 December, 2014)

    I have purchased only three plug-ins for my Apollo, and this one is the best. I'd been waiting for it to come down in price. As a hobbyist, I am pretty stingy with plug-in money. This was well worth the cost though (discounted by December sale, and then with a coupon to boot). I am having great fun … Read More

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    by A. Kosinski (Monday 30 June, 2014)

    In 80-th I used Roland RE-2o1 Space Echo with my Mini Moog on stage. Oh! It was fantastic setup! Many last years I dreamed about it. Now it's really possible with RE-201 UAD plug-in. Thank you, Universal Audio.!!! … Read More

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    Not in the least bit authentic -please revamp this plug-in
    by P. Sturrock (Tuesday 22 April, 2014)

    I own an original Roland RE-201 this plug sounds nothing like it (even allowing for tape head wear etc) it doesn't capture the character of the original especially when pushed hard on the repeats. UAD could do with remodelling this classic like they did with the 1176 collection which are now a viabl … Read More

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    by D. Hrivnak (Tuesday 13 September, 2011)

    I own an original RE-201, and I love Universal Audio's plug-in emulations of classic gear, so I was really looking forward to getting this plug-in to make things like BPM matching much easier. However, after doing some comparison tests, I ended up not buying it because I really preferred the sound o … Read More

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    by D. Pratt (Friday 17 June, 2011)

    This is still my favorite UA delay. It just sounds awesome. The end. … Read More


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Features & Specs

Roland® RE-201 Space Echo Tape Delay & Spring Reverb Plug-In


  • Meticulous model of original Roland RE-201 Space Echo
  • Tape oscillation effects and spring reverb emulation
  • Entrusted by Roland for accurate analog modeling
  • Original features: Mode Selector, Intensity and “Dub”
  • New features: tempo sync, effects pan, tape select
  • Requires a UAD DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide.

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