The Roland RE-501 was the last tape effect that Roland produced before the introduction of digital delay and reverb units started to replace the older style tape effects.
Model RE-501 included a newer orange and black livery that fit in with the new range of Roland Rack products, such as the Roland SVC-350 vocoder. Roland also released a rackmount version of the RE-501 known as the SRE-555.
The RE-501 was built using Roland's free running tape system that minimized wow and flutter and extended the life of the tape for more than 300 hours of use. It included dual outputs for a three dimensional sound. The outputs included unbalanced, and for the first time, balanced XLR outputs putting it into the professional range of studio effects.
New to the 501 and 555 was, as the name suggests, the chorus effect. They also had noise reduction systems which gave a much cleaner sound than earlier models making these units one of the most desired models from Roland's range of tape delay units.
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