Stompboxology Echo-Matic DIY Tape Delay

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Stompboxology Echo-Matic DIY Tape Delay

Postby Motter » 01 May 2017, 03:53

Here's something I've been working on lately.

The Echomatic is an old Stompboxology circuit which utilizes a quad opamp as two splitters and two mixers, allowing you to take advantage of a three-head tape deck for delay effects. In simpler terms, you can plug this into a three-head cassette player (or reel to reel) to make a tape echo.

It sounds pretty cool. It's not going to replace anybody's El Capistan, but it's useful for some warm slapback or lofi, modulated ambience. Because the tape heads are fixed, the only way to adjust the delay time is by changing the motor speed. At low speeds (for longer delays) the motor is a lot less stable so it adds quite a bit of chorusy warble, and of course you lose a lot of recording fidelity by running the motor that slowly.

Anyways, here's my little demo. Pardon the um's and ah's and the awful compression from my phone. I'll record some better demos later.

https://youtu.be/2T2QTwdB-PQ

Here is the original article if you'd like to learn more, or build one yourself: http://imgur.com/a/NHRjW

All credit goes to Nicholas Boscorelli, who wrote the article

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Re: Stompboxology Echo-Matic DIY Tape Delay

Postby Motter » 02 May 2017, 04:17

I recorded some better quality demos tonight. Hopefully these demonstrate some of the breadth of this effect. All were recorded with my Gretsch 6120 into my Silvertone 1484, no other effects. I recommend listening with headphones

https://soundcloud.com/passaloutre/sets/tape-echo

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Re: Stompboxology Echo-Matic DIY Tape Delay

Postby Motter » 02 May 2017, 19:45

Here is the schematic as-built, including my mix mod and the low cut switch
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Re: Stompboxology Echo-Matic DIY Tape Delay

Postby Motter » 02 May 2017, 19:47

Anyone have any suggestions for what to do with my other switch, since the high-cut doesn't exactly do anything? I'm thinking I could increase the gain on the first opamp and switch in some clipping diodes, but open to suggestions.
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