The EchoPlex TubePlex is a classic tape-delay unit built by Mike Battle. It sounds brilliant on electric guitars, synths and even vocals and has been used and praised by the likes of Eddie Van Halen, Brian May, Tom Verlaine, Andy Summers and Jimmy Page for its colour, texture and features.
Initially designed by Ray Butts in the '50s as a delay unit built into a guitar amplifier called the EchoSonic, the model was replicated by Mike Battle, an electronics techinician, who made into a portable delay named the Echoplex.
First marketed in 1961, the Echoplex had vacuum tubes and their big innovation consisted of the moving head, allowing the operator to alter the delay time – a novel and very useful feature. A favourite not only for guitar players but also for trumpeters such as Miles Davis, the unit has a warm, rich and full-bodied sound lending itself to a variety of styles.
The Echoplex has received a few modifications throughout the years including the use of transistors, FET-based preamps, LED input meters, tone controls, multi channel inputs and even a mixer section. The famous tape delay has been revered by many including Eddie Van Halen, Brian May, Tom Verlaine, Andy Summers and Jimmy Page for its colour, texture and features.
Roots Vibes have a very special model in their studios; designed by Mike Battle as a limited edition reissue, only a handful of units were produced to Mike's original specifications sometime in the early 2000s. It sounds absolutely amazing, faithfully capturing the flavour of its original era.
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