Audiority has a brand new analogue simulation plug-in. It’s called Echoes T7E and it recreates a vintage disc echo unit from Italy. It’s likely the mid-sixties Binson Echorec 2 model T7E unit that’s receiving its digital resurrection here.
The gizmo is based on a magnetic spinning drum with record and playback heads arranged around a recording wire that’s wound around the drum. This design provides the familiar tape echo effect with the benefit of reduced wow and flutter defects. It’s also valve-driven, so it’s a warmer, more musical sound. You can learn a bit more about it here.
The Audiority plug-in is a “exact” recreation of the unit, apparently, complete with a hardware-inspired interface that puts the original directly on your display. There are tone, error, and volume controls for each of the four tape heads, in addition to a generous selection of virtual knobs to twist and experiment with. Also, the digital medium allows for extending the delay length to around 1100ms, up from the original’s ~310ms. Neat!
Overall, the Echoes T7E seems like a seriously cool plug-in capable of some far-out sounds thanks to its faithfully modelled vintage quirkiness. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section below!
Price and availability
Echoes T7E is available for Windows and Mac machines in 32 & 64-bit VST, AU, and AAX formats. The price is currently 29 EUR / 34 USD / 25 GBP , down from 45 EUR / 53 USD / 40 GBP regular. This is a fair price for an elaborate recreation of a rare vintage effect like this.