Black Rooster Audio have announced the release of the TD-201 Vintage Tape Echo. Based on Roland’s classic RE-201 Space Echo, the plug-in aims to deliver all of the sought-after characteristics of the original unit, whilst introducing some useful customisation options that increase the effect’s versatility.
The company have implemented a complex multi-head mode selector, which offers seamless transition between the modelled playback heads, allowing users to blend between reverberation and delay sounds in the same way offered by the original hardware. Fine-tuning of depth, volume, and stereo position for each playback head is then possible courtesy of nine parameters placed along the bottom of the GUI.
A two-band equaliser is provided for some tonal adjustment of the processed signal, and separate level controls for the effect's reverb and echo/delay elements are also on offer. Further control of the plug-in’s echo/delay effects is available via Intensity and Repeat Rate controls, which also allow users to push the TD-201 into self-oscillation.
The plug-in is also equipped with a range of controls aimed at those wishing to introduce some vintage-inspired character to their sound. Parameters for changing the motor speed, introducing flutter, altering the amount of headroom, and introducing dropouts and noise are all present, allowing the effect to mimic the random behaviour associated with the original units.
Sync and Tap modes allow the plug-in’s effects to be synchronised to the DAW session’s tempo, or to be set manually by the users via a Tap button in the GUI.
The TD-201 is supported on PCs running Windows 7 and above, and Macs running macOS X 10.9 and above. Apple Silicon processors are also natively supported. AAX Native, VST, and AU formats are available.
Pricing & Availability
The TD-201 Vintage Tape Echo is available now, and is currently being offered at an introductory price of $29£25 including VAT, reduced from its full cost of $99£89 including VAT.